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COVID, Kids and Mental Health Webinar

October 12, 2020

Join us on October 21 at 10 a.m. for a virtual discussion surrounding the pandemic and its effects on kids, parents and mental health, lead by Dr. Eva Feldman, Dr. Sheila Marcus, Dr. Katherine Rosenblum and Dr. Suzanne Dawid

With many public schools moving to in-person and hybrid models for late fall, many of us have questions surrounding the welfare and safety of our children. At the same time, many parents and kids are feeling overwhelmed and isolated by remote learning. Maintaining a household with working parents and school-age children is increasingly hard and tensions are running high. With so much uncertainty and struggle, where do you turn?

SEEN Magazine has gathered a panel of medical experts to discuss the concerns around COVID, children returning to in-person instruction, the importance of physical distancing yet remaining social and mental health management for the people navigating these extraordinary obstacles. Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday, October 21 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Save your spot today!

The Experts

Dr. Eva Feldman 

Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, ALS Center of Excellence Director, NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies Director

Dr. Feldman received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan (U-M), completed a neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and returned to U-M for a Neuromuscular fellowship before joining the U-M faculty and establishing her career. In addition to her active clinical practice in neurology and position as the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at the U-M Medical School, Dr. Feldman directed the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute until 2017, and is currently Director of the U-M ALS Center of Excellence. She also runs her own 30-scientist laboratory, the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies. Dr. Feldman has published more than 460 original peer-reviewed articles, 70 book chapters, and four books and has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years.

Dr. Feldman is dedicated to understanding and treating neurological diseases, with an emphasis on ALS and neurologic complications of diabetes. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Feldman has examined how and why patients with diabetes are especially vulnerable to complications from the disease. She and her Michigan Medicine colleagues recently published a scientific article detailing the chronic cardiovascular, neurological, and kidney issues that arise in people with diabetes due to COVID-19. Dr. Feldman and her staff are continuing their work with patients to improve our understanding of why these issues arise and also establish and create guidelines for managing current and future COVID-19 patients.


Dr. Sheila Marcus

Clinical Professor, Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Marcus is a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan, Section Chief for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic (IECC). She joined the faculty of the department in 1991 and became the Division Director in the Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry in 1996. Dr. Marcus was appointed Section Director of the Child and Adolescent Section in 2005. Her areas of interest include intergenerational transmission of illness, maternal child attachment and early risk factors for childhood psychiatric illness including presentation of autism in toddlers.

Additionally, Dr. Marcus is involved with children with complex illnesses including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders and exposure to toxic stress including violence and poverty. Dr. Marcus has worked on several NIH-funded research projects including a project to examine the impact of interpersonal therapy treatments in pregnancy and postpartum and impact on maternal and child outcomes. She has served as a Co-Investigator on a large NIH trial (STAR*D) to understand pharmacologic and therapeutic outcomes in depression management. She also serves as a current PI on a state-wide Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and State of Michigan grant to examine uses of telepsychiatry and phone consultation to provide consultative services for women and children in rural Michigan (Michigan Child Collaborative Care Program – MC3). The program now operates in most Michigan counties and has fielded more than 6000 consultations state-wide.

Areas of Interest:

  • Depression in childbearing women
  • Medication use in pregnancy
  • Prevention strategies for depression in women
  • Internet-based educational outreach strategies
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Relational and attachment issues
  • Trauma identification and treatment in early childhood
  • Integration of mental health and primary care: teleconsultation and telepsychiatry


  • University of Michigan Child Psychiatry Fellowship and Residency Training Programs 1983-1991
  • University of Michigan Medical School 1979-1983
  • University of Michigan College of L.S.A. 1975-1979
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Dr. Katherine Rosenblum

Professor of Psychiatry; Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Co-Director, Women and Infants Mental Health Program (WIMHP); Co-Director, Zero to Thrive

Dr. Rosenblum is a clinical and developmental psychologist and Professor at Michigan Medicine, where she holds appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a faculty member of the UM Center for Human Growth and Development. In the Department of Psychiatry, she co-directs the Women and Infants Mental Health Program and the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic. Dr. Rosenblum is the psychologist consultant to the UM School of Law’s Child Advocacy Clinic, a member of the Academy of Fellows with the national organization Zero to Three, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the international Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Her research, teaching and clinical work focus on parenting, infant, and early childhood mental health. Dr. Rosenblum has published numerous peer-review articles and book chapters, and her research focuses on preventive intervention and intervention for vulnerable families with infants and young children. Many of the families she works with have experienced significant disruptions, including separations, trauma, and/or loss. In these contexts her work focuses on strengthening protective factors to enhance family resilience.

Areas of Interest

·         Infant and early childhood mental health

·         Dyadic and relationship-focused psychotherapy

·         Trauma and loss in infancy and early childhood, including a focus on child welfare

·         Special populations including military families with young children

·         Parent mental health and intergenerational transmission of risk

·         Parenting interventions in early childhood

·         Infant and early childhood mental health

·         Parental representations and meaning-making systems


  • Psychology, University of Michigan Medical School, 2003
  • Development & Mental Health, University of Michigan Medical School, 2002
  • Ph.D., Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan, 2000
  • B.A., Psychology, Mills College, 1991

COVID Kids and Mental Health Webinar

Dr. Suzanne Dawid

Associate Professor

Dr. Dawid is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at the University of Michigan who specializes in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She obtained her MD and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. She moved to Pennsylvania to complete her Pediatric residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2008. In her clinical practice, she focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of children with confirmed or suspected infectious diseases or problems with the immune system. She sees patients both in the hospital and as out-patients.

Dr. Dawid runs a research lab that focuses on the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. This bacterium is a major cause of pneumonia, meningitis, sinus infections and middle ear infections. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and from generous donors in the community to support these studies. She is actively involved in the training of undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, residents and fellows in both basic research and the clinical practice of Infectious Diseases. In 2019 she was honored to be named the first Andrew B. Briskin Research Professor of Pediatrics. In addition to her clinical and research work, Dr. Dawid is an Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Michigan. This program attracts some of the brightest future scientists and fosters the development of physician scientists by combining medical and graduate training.


  • Fellowship, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2006
  • Residency, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics, PA, 2003
  • Washington University School of Medicine, 2000

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