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Video: Panel Addresses Psychological Impact of Family Separation

Last month, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences co-hosted a panel at Duke addressing the impact of family separation on children, patients and the healthcare workforce, in collaboration witthe School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Pediatrics. The panel included leaders in the fields of childhood trauma, resilience and immigration policy.

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The forum engaged attendees in dialogue about:

  • Academically and clinically relevant experiences and the biopsychosocial effects of trauma to children due to family separation
  • The impact of immigration policies on our patients and healthcare workforce
  • Community health perspectives about caring for our Latino/a/x patients

Panelists also shared detailed information about the current state of policies and efforts around immigration and family separation.

Panelists included:

  • Moderator: Gabriela Muriel Maradiaga Panayotti, MD, FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics at Duke Children’s 
  • Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and deputy director of the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
  • Diane Elmore Borbon, PhD, MPH, clinical psychologist and policy program director for the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
  • Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and director of research at the Center for Child & Family Health
  • Luke Smith, MD, psychiatrist and executive director of El Futuro, a nonprofit behavioral health agency offering outpatient services to the local Latino population 

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