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Relational Stress across Development in Diverse Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Presented by Cindy Liu, PhD

Director, Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Assistant Professor, Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Location: Virtually on Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth a great amount of uncertainty and stress, with tremendous effects on the mental health of diverse young people and families. These effects have undoubtedly highlighted the importance of relationships on mental health within families, communities, or societies, depending on one’s background or stage in development. In this presentation, we will examine the varied experiences across various subgroups, explore other significant risk and protective factors from a developmental and relational framework, and to consider next steps in efforts for the assessment and treatment of young people during the pandemic.

Target Audience

Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.  

  1. Understand U.S. based mental health symptoms trends by age and race.
  2. Examine evidence regarding how various forms of relational stress give rise to mental health concerns throughout the pandemic.
  3. Identify existing next steps for addressing the psychosocial and mental health needs of young people and families

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The institution designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This institution maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.