Anxiety and Worry in Youth - 2020 Fall Forum



Sandra S. Pimentel, PhD
Mona Potter, MD
Krystal Lewis, PhD - ADAA Board Member
Lynn Lyons, LICSW
Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP
John T. Walkup, MD
Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:00 pm
- 3:00 pm ET
Anxiety Disorders
CE/CME Credit

The 2020 ADAA Virtual Fall Forum focuses on anxiety and worry in youth, a transdiagnostic issue affecting children, teens, and emerging adults and addresses the ways in which technology can be harnessed to address these challenges. An interdisciplinary group of speakers presented on biological and psychosocial mechanisms and interventions.  

Individual Presentations

  • "Will My Child be Permanently Affected?" A Developmental Approach to Helping Anxious Youth and Their Caregivers Meet the Challenges of These Times
    Sandra Pimentel, PhD

A look at how developmental milestones have been disrupted by COVID-19 with particular effects on anxious youth (e.g. social anxiety). The speaker discusses the impacts of isolation and quarantine, the uncertainty of youth returning or not returning to schools, the feelings of relief from the removal of social task demands, as well as the impacts of new challenges from increased virtual activity.

  • Innovations in Child and Adolescent Anxiety Treatment
    Mona Potter, MD

This session provides a brief overview of the current landscape of evidence-based treatment for pediatric anxiety disorders and OCD. The speaker then touches on updates and innovations in treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders and OCD in three areas: 1) treatment delivery and therapeutic approach, 2) digital therapeutics, and 3) select complementary and alternative interventions

Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Technology and Youth Anxiety

Eli Lebowitz, PhD, Krystal M. Lewis, PhD, Lynn Lyons, LICSW, Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP, and John T. Walkup, MD

This panel focuses on the ways in which technology has aided the development of innovative new treatments for anxious children and adolescents (e.g., teletherapy, therapy apps, computerized interventions) and has helped to normalize the experience of anxiety through targeted social media messaging. The panel also discusses the ways in which technology has contributed to the significant increase in youth anxiety disorders and possible mechanisms involved in this correlation. 

Presenter(s) Biography

Sandra S. Pimentel, PhD

Sandra Pimentel

Sandra Pimentel, PhD is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Associate Director of Psychology Training, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She launched and is Director of the Anxiety and Mood Program (AMP), a specialty training program in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department, and co-directs the Becoming an Emerging Adult at Montefiore (BEAM) Program, offering developmentally- and transition-focused care across the medical center system. Dr. Pimentel specializes in cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT) for children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, trauma, and behavioral difficulties. She provides comprehensive assessments and consultations and individual, group and family therapy. Advanced training, mentorship, and community engagement are at the core of Dr. Pimentel's professional interests. 

Mona Potter, MD


Mona Potter, MD, is medical director of McLean’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services including the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, School Consultation Service, and Adolescent DBT Outpatient Service. She also serves on the leadership team for the McLean Institute of Technology in Psychiatry (ITP) and is the Associate Training Director for the MGH/ McLean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Potter has particular interest in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders, OCD, mood disorders, and borderline personality disorder, with a focus on collaboration with pediatricians, schools, and families. 

Dr. Potter has experience in delivering a range of evidence-based therapies, including medication evaluation and management, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing (MI), and she has growing interest and experience in the integration of technology to enhance mental health treatment.

Krystal Lewis, PhD - ADAA Board Member

Member Since 2011

Krystal Lewis, PhD is a clinical psychologist with the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In addition, she is a member of the Stigma Scientific Interest Group (SIG) and the Anti-Racism Task Force at NIH. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for pediatric anxiety and has interest in identifying mechanisms of treatment for anxiety disorders in youth. Dr. Lewis has experience in delivering evidence-based therapies and collaborating with schools, families, and providers to disseminate scientific information which helps inform clinical practice and promote implementation of evidence-based treatments.

Dr. Lewis has been an active member of ADAA since 2011. She was selected for the competitive Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) in 2015 and is an ADAA Clinical Fellow. She has also held leadership positions within ADAA, previously serving as co-chair of the Early Career Professionals and Student SIG and currently serving as co-chair of the Child and Adolescent SIG and was named to the ADAA Board of Directors in 2021.

Dr. Lewis and ADAA

“My graduate school advisor, Thomas H. Ollendick, encouraged his students to join ADAA and doing so was such a great decision. ADAA has been my professional home since 2008 and during that time I have presented posters and talks at the annual conferences, participated in the Career Development Leadership program (CDLP), co-chaired Special Interests Groups (SIG), mentored with the CDLP, and volunteered to help with several other endeavors. ADAA is an amazing organization and a provides great opportunities for young professionals to volunteer, network, and experience immense professional growth. I’m excited to continue working with ADAA as my own professional goals align nicely with the organizations mission.

I really enjoy the collaboration with professionals around the country. ADAA provides an opportunity to learn about research by attending talks at the conference, participating in webinars, and reading about new insights via email or social media. I especially enjoy the relationships that have developed from participating with the different SIGs. The Child and Adolescent SIG has monthly peer consultation calls which allows us to engage with specialists within our organization and obtain clinical consultation for challenging, unique cases. It’s a space for clinicians at all stages of development to talk with one another, share insightful tips and tools, and be part of a community of providers who are passionate about providing the best clinical care to children and adolescents.

Being an active ADAA member contributes to my work in a variety of ways. I have at hand a group of professionals whom I can call on when I need clinical advice, researchers who I can collaborate with on projects or involve in SIG meetings to present their work, and a professional home where I feel most comfortable. I encourage students and trainees to join this organization which will contribute to their professional growth and maintain their excitement about their work.”

Lynn Lyons, LICSW


Lynn Lyons specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents with a special interest in interrupting the generational pattern of worry in families. She is the author of several books and articles including Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children and the companion book Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.

In addition to her private practice in Concord NH, she presents internationally to mental health and medical providers, educators, school nurses, and parents.


Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP

Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP

Member Since 2015

Jamie Micco, Ph.D. is Co-Founder of The Concord Center in Concord, MA, and Lecturer of Psychology (Part-Time) at Harvard Medical School. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and mood disorders. She has first-authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications on topics related to child/adolescent anxiety and depression, CBT, and information-processing biases. She is also the author of “The Worry Workbook for Teens" (New Harbinger). An active member of ADAA, Dr. Micco currently serves as Chair of its Professional Education Committee.

Dr. Micco and ADAA

“My first ADAA conference was in 2001 as a first-year graduate student. This was when it was still acceptable to present a student research poster on construction paper! Since then, I have attended many more ADAA conferences because of their perfect balance of in-depth clinical content, cutting edge research presentations, and networking opportunities. I served five years on the Conference Committee, and I am now Chair of the Professional Education Committee, promoting the dissemination of new research and empirically supported treatments on a year-round basis.

Though I always enjoy the annual conference, my ADAA membership also provides me with top quality, low cost clinical training through our webinars — and new this year, our online mental health forum! Being a member of ADAA has given me the opportunity to connect with colleagues whose work intersects with mine. This has led to some rewarding collaborations. For example, without ADAA, I would not have met Patricia Zurita-Ona, PsyD—my conversations with her led to us developing and presenting clinical workshops comparing and contrasting different approaches to the treatment of youth anxiety and OCD.

I’m happy to announce the opening of my new group practice: The Concord Center. Located outside of Boston, MA, we provide CBT and DBT for people with anxiety, OCD, depression, mood disorders, and more. Check us out at

John T. Walkup, MD


John T. Walkup, MD, is Head of the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and a Margaret C. Osterman Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. He also serves as Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

His scholarly activity covers three main areas of investigation. His work with movement disorders, specifically Tourette syndrome and the other tic disorders, uniquely spans psychiatry, child psychiatry and neurology.  His expertise in child and adolescent psychiatry clinical trials focuses on the development and evaluation of psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments and lastly, he has been involved in developing and evaluating interventions to reduce the large mental health disparities facing Native American youth, specifically drug use and suicide prevention.

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