• Lane Strathearn, MD

    Strathearn Lane

    Department or Service

    Department of Pediatric Medicine, Developmental Pediatrics


    Developmental Pediatrics

    Primary Location

    Texas Children's Hospital

    Contact Information

    8080 N. Stadium Dr.
    Houston, TX 77054
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    Phone: 832-822-3400
    Fax:  832-825-3399

    Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Neuroscience, and the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Baylor College of Medicine

    Medical School

    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, 1992


    University of Queensland, Rotating Internship, 1995


    Mater Misericordiae Children's Hospital, Pediatrics, 1998


    Mater Misericordiae Children's Hospital, Neurodevelopment, 1999
    Mater Misericordiae Children's Hospital, Child Protection, 1999
    Baylor College of Medicine, Developmental Pediatrics, 2004

    From Dr. Strathearn

    I am a developmental paediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital, and a clinical investigator in the Autism Treatment Network. My clinical work focuses on neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and I assess patients in the Autism Clinic at Texas Children’s Hopsital. 

    I am also a neuroscientist and Director of the Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, with my research focusing on the neurobiology of mother-infant attachment, and long-term effects of child maltreatment on cognitive and emotional development. This includes longitudinal studies of women and infants, examining maternal brain and hormonal responses to infant face and cry cues, using functional MRI and behavioral observation. My most recent grants support research into maternal brain responses of drug addicted mothers, and the potential role of intranasal oxytocin to enhance maternal caregiving responses. I also use fully automated eye tracking technology to examine visual fixation preferences in children and adolescents with autism, testing whether intranasal oxytocin alters these developmental preferences.

    I am a native of Brisbane, Australia, and am married with 7 children.

    Professional Organizations

    • National Institutes of Health
      Member - Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section
    • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
      Grant Recipient - (5-year R01 research grants)
    • Academy of Distinguished Educators, Baylor College of Medicine
      Member, Recipient of the Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for Educational Scholarship for “Development of Enduring Educational Materials”
    • Society for Neuroscience
    • International Association for the Study of Attachment
      Treasurer, Board Member

    Selected Publications

    Kim, S., Fonagy, P., Allen, J., & Strathearn, L. (2014). Mothers' unresolved trauma blunts amygdala response to infant distress. Society Neuroscience 9(4), 352-363. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2014.896287.

    Kim, S., Fonagy, P., Koos, O., Dorsett, K., & Strathearn, L. (2014). Maternal oxytocin response predicts mother-to-infant gaze. Brain Research 1580, 133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2013.10.050.

    Mills, R., Scott, J., Alati, R., O'Callaghan, M., Najman, J. M., & Strathearn, L. (2013). Child maltreatment and adolescent mental health problems in a large birth cohort. Child Abuse & Neglect 37(5), 292-302. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.11.008.

    Strathearn L. The elusive etiology of autism: nature and nurture? Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.  2009;3:11.

    Strathearn L, Fonagy P, Amico J, Montague PR.Adult attachment predicts maternal brain and oxytocin response to infant cues. Neuropsychopharmacology 2009;34(13):2655-2666.

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