The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth and Adolescent Mental Health

About the September 22 Forum

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on everyone, especially children and adolescents. The next Population Mental Health Forum will focus on the impact of the pandemic on issues related to youth mental health. This panel discussion will discuss recent research findings related to youth mental health and as well as lived experience from an adolescent. Dr. Karestan Koenen will be joined by Dr. Sheri Madigan from the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute who will discuss research findings and Jordyn Cabbell who will provide the lived experience perspective. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Wednesday September 22, 11AM – 12PM EDT

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Speaker bios


Jordyn Cabbell is a senior in high school from Nevada. She is president of BSU and advocate for mental health.


Dr. Sheri Madigan, Ph.D., R.Pysch is a clinical psychologist, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her nationally funded research program focuses on understanding how early social experiences can help and/or hinder children’s learning, behavior, and mental health. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, many of which are in top-ranking medical journals (e.g., JAMA PediatricsThe Lancet Psychiatry). Her research has been widely covered in the media and she has participated in over 150 media interviews for print, radio, and television (e.g., Good Morning America, The New York Times, TIME, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, etc.). She is the recipient of the World Association for Infant Mental Health Early Career Award and was recently elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.


Dr. Karestan Koenen, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH and the host of the Population Mental Health Forum Series. She aims to reduce the population burden of mental disorders through research, training, and advocacy. She is passionate about using science to overcome violence and trauma, which are major preventable causes of health problems globally.