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The Pandemic And Kids’ Mental Health: A Virtual Conversation

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

We still don’t know the full scope of the pandemic’s toll on mental health, but the early signs of its impact on kids in middle school and high school are already troubling. How has the mental health care system met the surging need, and where has it fallen short? KPCC/LAist Senior Health Reporter Jackie Fortiér (she/her) and KPCC/LAist Mental Health Reporter Robert Garrova (he/him) will talk to experts in child psychology and mental health care policy to find out how the past two years will continue to reverberate in kids’ lives and what can be done to mitigate the fallout.


Tegan Henke, MS, MFT (she/her), Senior Director of Program Implementation for Child and Family Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Shilpa R. Taufique, PhD (she/her), Director, Division of Psychology, Mount Sinai Health System, Co-Chair, Psychiatry DEI Steering Committee, Mount Sinai Health System Director, CARES, Mount Sinai Morningside, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Stephanie Murray, MA, PPS, LEP (she/her), School Psychologist, Whittier Union High School District, School Psychologist Lead, Licensed Educational Psychologist, Mental Wellness Committee Co-Chair, California Association of School Psychologists, Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Child and Adolescent Suicide Review Team, Co-Chair of the Youth Workgroup for the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Network, Content Expert/Trainer for the SPORT (Suicide Prevention Ongoing Resiliency Training) program for the CDOL (Center for Distance and Online Learning division of the LA County Office of Education

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