Nina de Lacy, MD, MBA

Personal Statement

I am a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in working with individuals who have genetic disorders affecting brain development as well as complex neuropsychaitric conditions such as catatonia, narcolepsy and autoimmune encephalopathy. I practice at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where I co-run the Developmental Neuropsychiatry program within the division of Neurodevelopmental Medicine. This clinic provides integrated psychiatric and neurodevelopmental pediatric care for children with genetic conditions and brain malformations. I also serve as the psychiatrist within the multidisciplinary 22q clinic in Craniofacial Medicine, and provide consultation to community mental health organizations.  


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UW, 2014-2016
General Psychiatry, UW, 2011-2014
MD, UCSF, 2006-2011
MBA, Northwestern University, 1993-1996
MA, Oxford University, 1985-1989

Clinical Expertise


Dr de Lacy’s research is funded by a K-award from the NIH and is in the area of systems and computational neuroscience, using primarily functional MRI and genomic data in both very large datasets and small, well-defined cohorts. Her work focuses on exploring patterns and constraints in human brain organization and function, and the role of the large scale neural networks in symptoms associated with developmental neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, intellectual disability and ADHD. The overall aim of her research is to isolate motifs that are specific to neuropsychiatric functions and symptoms that may help further our model of brain-behavior correspondences, serve as potential diagnostic and treatment targets, and advance our understanding of the mechanisms of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders.

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