Dr. Helen Egger

Dr. Helen Egger

Co-Founder and Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, Little Otter

Dr. Helen Egger MD is a child psychiatrist and researcher in the developmental epidemiology of early childhood mental health and digital health. With her daughter, Rebecca Egger, she co-founded Little Otter, an early childhood digital mental health company that provides mental health care for children ages 0-14 and their families. After 30+ years in academic medicine, Dr. Egger recently joined Little Otter as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer.

Prior to joining Little Otter, Dr. Egger was Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health (NYULH), the Arnold Simons Professor, and Director of the NYU Langone Child Study Center. She also founded and led the WonderLab, a digital child mental health research lab that created digital products for early childhood mental health research.

Before moving to NYU Langone, Dr. Egger was a tenured faculty member at Duke Health where she founded the Early Childhood Mental Health Lab within the Center for Developmental Epidemiology. As the author of the first interview to assess preschool mental health and NIMH-funded longitudinal studies of young children, Dr. Egger has contributed to the science and clinical practice of toddler/preschool mental health. At Duke, Dr. Egger also served as Vice-Chair and Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Egger was a member of the Board of Zero to Three (ZTT) for 13 years and is very proud to have been a member of the ZTT Diagnostic Classification: 0-3R and Diagnostic Classification: 0-5 Workgroups.

Dr. Egger attended Yale College and Yale School of Medicine. She completed her adult, child, and post-doctoral training at Duke University School of Medicine.

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