Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders
The Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Program (PSAD) specializes in early identification, comprehensive evaluation, and evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders in diverse youth from age 18 months through older adolescents. The PSAD has a multidisciplinary team that includes Sucheta Connolly, MD (Director); David Simpson LCSW; Liza Suarez, PhD; Suma Jacob MD, PhD; program assistant Darnetta Byndum; and trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, social work, and medical students. Individualized treatment programming may include cognitive behavioral therapy, parent guidance, family therapy, interventions at school, and medication management.
Anxiety disorders treated include: Separation Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Selective Mutism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Anxiety-related school refusal behavior, and adjustment to a variety of stresses or traumas including serious physical illness are addressed as well. Clinicians and researchers work collaboratively in the PSAD to understand risk factors in diverse youth with anxiety disorders, facilitate transportability of evidence-based practices for anxiety to the school and community, and explore neurobiologic correlates of childhood anxiety.
Referrals to this program can be made by calling the 312-996-7723.