The Early Emotional Development Program (EEDP) was founded at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1998. It is directed by Joan Luby, MD, a child psychiatrist who specializes in the identification and treatment of early onset mental disorders, including depression.

The EEDP encompasses clinical and research programs focused on the mental health and emotional development of very young children. The program’s mental health services and research studies focus primarily on helping children from infancy through the preschool period (up to age 6).

Additionally, the program houses one of the largest and longest studies of emotion development and emotion disorders following children into early adolescence.