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Lane Strathearn, MBBS FRACP PhD

Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Physician Director
Co-director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Co-Director, Autism Center
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Contact Information

Primary Office
213F CDD Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA 52242


MBBS, University of Queensland Medical School
PhD, University of Queensland School of Medicine
Fellow, Child Protection and Neurodevelopment, Mater Children's Hospital
Resident, Pediatrics, Mater Children's Hospital
Fellow, Child Maltreatment- Research Fellowship, University of Queensland
Fellow, Developmental Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Iowa Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine
Board certification to practice medicine as a developmental pediatrician - Royal Australiasian College of Physicians

Research Summary

My lab aims to explore the neurobiology of early attachment relationships using functional MRI and other neurophysiological and endocrine measures. This includes projects examining brain and behavioral responses of drug addicted mothers, and how intranasal oxytocin may impact maternal responses. This research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. We have also published on the effects of intranasal oxytocin on children and adolescents with autism.