Mental Health Conversation:
The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children and youth

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 6:00 pm Virtual (Free)

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Please join Katie Hanley, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Services, in conversation with Dr. Melissa Santos, the Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Director for the Pediatric Obesity Center at Connecticut Children’s, and Kim Whittingham, LPC, Licensed Therapist at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford. This conversation will focus on the unique mental health challenges facing children and youth, during the ongoing pandemic and beyond.

Brett Glaser

Dr. Melissa Santos

Dr. Melissa Santos is the Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Director for the Pediatric Obesity Center at Connecticut Children’s and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In her role within obesity, Dr. Santos oversees the treatment of youth and their families in the Center’s nationally accredited bariatric surgery program and its behaviorally based non-surgical weight management programs. In her role as division head of psychology, she leads a team of 15 pediatric psychologists providing outpatient, intensive outpatient and inpatient care to diverse group of youth with comorbid medical and psychological conditions. She is the pillar lead for Connecticut Children’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives focused on patient healthcare inequities and is leading work to care for the mental health of our healthcare workers. Her research is focused on the improvement of treatment outcomes by examining methods to better tailor treatment to presenting comorbidities. She is currently NIH funded to examine a psychological treatment for youth with comorbid obesity and chronic pain. Dr. Santos is President-Elect for the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Caitlin Daikus

Kim Whittingham, LPC

Kim Whittingham, LPC, is a therapist at Jewish Family Services. With over 15 years in practice, she’s been at JFS for 7 years working predominantly with children, adolescents, and families. She is the coordinator for the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy team, offering an evidenced based model for children experiencing trauma.

Save the Date:
Live mental health conversation focused on Holocaust survivors

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 6:00 pm (Free)
at Beth El Temple 2626 Albany Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117