Paula D. Zeanah, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Registered Nurse (Pediatrics), ECSS Clinical Consultant
(504) 988-5405
School of Medicine
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Education & Affiliations

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 1992 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Brown University Clinical Psychology 1991-92 Internship in Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 1979 M.S.N.
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 1975 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 1975 B.S.N.
Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA 1973 Diploma in Nursing


Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics;

Chief, Psychology Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences;

Supervisor, Pediatric-Psychiatry Liaison Service
Clinical Developer and Director, Infant Mental Health for Louisiana's MIECHV programs through the LA Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health;

Adjunct Faculty, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


Moran, T.E., Larrieu, J.A., Zeanah, P.D., Evenson, A., & Valliere, J. (2013). “Depressia” in post-Katrina New Orleans: Cultural and contextual adaptations to group interpersonal therapy. Zero to Three, 33, 23-30.

Hogan, A.E., Dillon, C.O., Fernandes, S., Spieker, S., & Zeanah, P.D. (2012). Creating and sustaining an interdisciplinary infant-early childhood mental health workforce. Zero to Three, 33, 35-42.

Hurst, J., Zeanah, P., Lewis, L, & Mills, K. (2012). Examining the association between nutrition and psychosocial factors in first-time pregnant women: A cross-sectional pilot study, International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 11.

Swenson, R. R., Houck, C. D., Barker, D., Zeanah, P. D., & Brown, L. K. (2012). Prospective analysis of the transition to sexual experience and changes in sexual self-esteem among adolescents attending therapeutic schools. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 77-85.

Zeanah, C.H. & Zeanah, P. D. (2010). Infant mental health. In B. Lester & J. Sparrow (Eds).Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. Berry Brazelton, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom.

Zeanah, P. D. & Gleason, M. M. (2009). Infant mental health in pediatric primary care settings. In C.H. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of Infant Mental Health, 3rd Ed., New York:Guilford Press.

Hinshaw-Fuselier, S., Larrieu, J., & Zeanah, P. D. (2009). Training in infant mental health. In C.H. Zeanah (Ed). Handbook of Infant Mental Health, 3rd Ed., New York:Guilford Press.

Zeanah, P.D., Bailey, L.O., & Berry, S. (2009). Infant mental health and the "real world": Opportunities for interface and impact. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 18, 773-787.

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Dr. Zeanah has worked with children and their families with significant medical and psychiatric issues, as well as healthy children and families, throughout her career as a pediatric nurse and clinical child psychologist. She provides direct services, clinical supervision, and training for the pediatric-psychiatry consultation-liaison program, a required component of the child psychiatry training and a core rotation for the child psychology internship program. In her work with the LA Office of Public Health, she is involved in program development and professional training for the statewide home visiting program, and provides oversight of Infant Mental Health Consultation for the Nurse Family Partnership. The main focus is on mental health issues related to pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood, including perinatal depression, perinatal loss, mental health screening and consultation, and parent-infant assessment. Dr. Zeanah's research interests include mental health issues in non-mental health settings, implementation issues in nurse home visiting, chronic illness in childhood, professional development, and sexual self-esteem.