Last Name: Drury
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care
Education/Training: Psychiatry and Genetics
About Me/My interests: Dr. Drury is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Department of Pediatrics at Tulane University. She additionally directs a molecular genetics laboratory dedicated to understanding gene x environment interactions in early brain development. Dr. Drury began graduate training in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan and completed her M.D. and Ph.D. in Genetics at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She has received grant support to study gene x environment interactions in children from the NIH, APA, AACAP, NARSAD, and Harvard University. Most recently she has become the John F. McDermott Assistant Editor-in-residence, for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her clinical focus is directed toward treating and improving long term outcomes for medically ill preschool children while her basic science research seeks to understand, at the molecular and neural circuitry level, how early adversity and trauma shapes the developing brain in an effort to develop improved interventions for at risk young children.
Training Opportunities: Yes: Graduate research students.
My Contact Information:
Address: 1430 Tulane Ave, #8055 Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New Orleans La 70112
Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Genetics, early adversity, neurodevelopment, PTSD
Publications that may be of interest to others:
Drury SS, Gleason MM, Smyke AT, Theall KP, Nelson CA, Fox NA, Zeanah CH(2011) Genetic sensitivity to the caregiving context: The influence of 5httlpr and BDNF val66met on indiscriminate social behavior. Physiology and Behavior
Elllis D, Kanter J, Walsh J, Drury SS. (2011) Posterior fossa syndrome following surgical removal of a pineal gland tumor. Pediatric Neurology 45:417-419
Jensen E, Palacio R, Drury SS (2011) Kleinfelter’s Syndrome in a 5 year old with
behavioral disturbances and seizures. Psychosomatics 52: 575-578.
Drury SS, Theall KP, Gleason MM, Smyke AS, Divito I, Wong J, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, Nelson CH (2011) Telomere length and early social deprivation: linking early adversity and cellular aging. Molecular Psychiatry doi:10.1038/mp.2011.53
Sheridan M, Drury SS, McLaughlin K, Almas A (2010). The neural consequences of Early Institutionalization: a review of effects and moderation by genetic predisposition. Neuropscyhology Reviews 20(4):414-429 DOI: 10.1007/s11065-010-9152-8