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Sound Advice on Mental Health

Children’s mental health is an important part of their overall well-being. To help guide parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians about child behavior, emotions and other mental health topics.

Click on the questions or descriptions below to hear responses to individual questions, or click on the link to listen to an entire interview.


Mental Health Check-Ups

Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP

(recorded January 2013)

Dr. Thomas K. McInerny is the 2012-2013 president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been a pediatrician in private practice in Rochester, N.Y., for 40 years and is a professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital. He served on the AAP Task Force on Mental Health, which developed the AAP Mental Health Toolkit.


Mental Health After Trauma and Loss

David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

(recorded April 2011)
David J. Schonfeld is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician. He is director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


How Parents Can Promote Their Children’s Mental Health

Jane Foy, MD, FAAP

(recorded March 2011)

Jane M. Foy, MD, FAAP, is professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. and chaired the AAP Task Force on Mental Health from 2004-2010.



Parenting Advice About Child Behavior

John Duby, MD, FAAP

(recorded August 2011)

John Duby, MD, FAAP, is director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and a professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University.  He is the chair of the AAP Mental Health Leadership Workgroup.



How to Recognize Anxiety and Depression

Karen Soren, MD, FAAP

(recorded November 2011)

Pediatrician Karen Soren, MD, FAAP, is director of adolescent medicine and associate clinical professor of pediatrics and public health at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.


Postpartum Depression

Marian Earls, MD, FAAP

(recorded August 2011)

Marian Earls, MD, FAAP is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician in Greensboro, North Carolina, and she is a past member of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child & Family Health.



Nurturing Your Young Child’s Emotional Development

Mary Margaret Gleason, MD, FAAP

(recorded August 2011)

Mary Margaret Gleason, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician, psychiatrist and child psychiatrist at Tulane University School of Medicine. She is a member of the AAP Committee on Early Childhood.


Adolescent Mental Health

Garry Sigman, MD, FAAP

(recorded August 2011)

Garry Sigman, MD, FAAP, is a specialist in adolescent medicine and an associate professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Health System in Chicago.



ADHD in Children and Adolescents

Michael Reiff, MD, FAAP

(recorded September 2011)

Michael Reiff, MD, FAAP, is a professor of pediatrics and the director of the Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Clinic, and director of the LEND program at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the AAP book, “ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know.”



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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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