Ginger E. Nicol, MD, CEDS

Ginger E. Nicol, MD, CEDS

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Professional Experience

Dr. Ginger Nicol is a board-certified general and child psychiatrist, and her passion is helping both kids and adults with psychiatric disorders to have healthy bodies as well as healthy minds. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication, then obtained her medical degree from the University of Iowa as well. Not having had enough of the Midwest, she came to St. Louis to complete her general psychiatry and child psychiatry training. Following residency and fellowship, she completed a post-doctoral research program where she gained expertise in the study of obesity and related metabolic conditions like diabetes. Dr. Nicol focuses her research on developing and testing new therapies that can help kids and adults with mental health conditions reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa, Journalism
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Residency, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, General Psychiatry
  • Fellowship, St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Post-Doctoral, NIDA Research Fellowship, Biomedical Research Training in Drug Abuse


  • Eli Robbins Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, Teaching and Research, 2007
  • Mortimer Goodman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mental Health through MO NAMI, 2014
  • Resident Mentoring Award, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 2018

Current Research Studies


Improving health outcomes and supporting weight management in adults ages 18-65 who are currently taking antipsychotic medication

We’re testing the effectiveness of an interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA) in adults with severe mental illness (SMI). This treatment combines in-person health coaching visits with daily text messages to help keep you motivated and on track with your health and weight management goals.

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Metabolic Effects of Psychotropic Medications

Nicol GE, Yingling MD, Flavin KS, Schweiger JA, Patterson BW, Schechtman KB, Newcomer JW, (2018 Jun). Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotics on Adiposity and Insulin Sensitivity in Youths: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA PsychiatryRead More

Nicol GE, de Las Fuentes L, Riek AE, Bernal-Mizrachi C, Lenze EJ, Miller JP, Schweiger JA, Yingling MD, Huang VJ, Dixon DJ, Hennekens CH, Newcomer JW, (2015 Sep). Adiposity and Cardiometabolic Risk in Children With and Without Antipsychotic Drug Treatment. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 100(9): 3418-26. Read More

Morrato EH, Nicol GE, Maahs D, Druss BG, Hartung DM, Valuck RJ, Campagna E, Newcomer JW, (2010 Apr). Metabolic screening in children receiving antipsychotic drug treatment. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 164(4): 344-51. Read More

Nicol G, Worsham E, Haire-Joshu D, Duncan A, Schweiger J, Yingling M, Lenze E, (2016 Feb). Getting to More Effective Weight Management in Antipsychotic-Treated Youth: A Survey of Barriers and Preferences. Child Obes. 12(1): 70-6. Read More

Nicol GE, Morrato EH, Johnson MC, Campagna E, Yingling MD, Pham V, Newcomer JW. Best practices: implementation of a glucose screening program based on diffusion of innovation theory methods. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan;62(1):12-4. Read More

Nicol GE, Campagna EJ, Garfield LD, Newcomer JW, Parks JJ, Morrato EH, (2016 Jan). The Role of Clinical Setting and Management Approach in Metabolic Testing Among Youths and Adults Treated With Antipsychotics. Psychiatr Serv. 67(1): 128-32. Read More

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