A Virtual Panel Discussion Hosted by Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

This presentation was recorded on October 29, 2022.

Mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and suicide, are surging in young people, particularly among marginalized populations. Is this crisis being driven by the isolation and disruption caused by the pandemic, or has the pandemic simply exacerbated a problem that has been building for decades?

Three prominent experts in children’s mental health define the issues and their causes, and then outline what is being done to help. They help us understand where we are succeeding, and where we are failing to help children who are suffering, and what more needs to be done to ensure all children and adolescents can access equitable and affordable evidence-based behavioral healthcare. Moderated by Beck Institute faculty member Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, this panel will help both mental health professionals and the general public understand the youth mental health crisis, and the role we all play in stemming the tide.


Bruce Chorpita, PhD – Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles

Mary Fristad, PhD – Director of Research Development and Academic Affairs in the Division of Child & Family Psychiatry and Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Emerita Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Psychology, and Nutrition at the Ohio State University

Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH – Vice Chair for Education, Child Study Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Health and Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine


Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP – Director and Research Group Advisor at the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth and Beck Institute Faculty Member

The Beck Institute Excellence Award

Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy is proud to honor BI Board member Estelle B. Richman for her five decades of service in the public and nonprofit sectors to advance programs and systems that meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Her efforts have resulted in measurable outcomes, including a statewide increase in the percentage of foster children finding permanent homes, a drop in wait time for receipt of intellectual disability services, and improvements to child support collection services. In collaboration with parents and the community, she created the state’s first Bureau of Autism, ensuring children given an autism diagnosis and their families receive much-needed support throughout their childhood and into adulthood.

Her extensive experience and expertise in policy, public health, family and child welfare, health equity, education, and social services make her an asset to Beck Institute as we continue our work to make evidence-based mental health treatment accessible to all.

Read more about the Beck Institute Excellence Award and our past winners’ important work.

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