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The IOCDF collaborated with PANDAS Physicians Network (PPN) to bring you clinicians in the field of diagnosing, treating, and supporting those suffering from PANS/PANDAS. They shared their knowledge and answered your questions in this 90 minute livestream. Learn about the impact of infection and inflammation on mental health and psychiatric disorders and personal experiences surrounding the extraordinary challenges of PANS/PANDAS.

Hosted by: Susan Boaz, IOCDF President, PPN Executive Director
With Guests: Sydney Rice, MD, MS, Kyle Williams, MD, PhD, and Amy Young, Psy.D.

Click the play button above to watch a recording of the Town Hall

Our Town Hall Panelists

Susan Boaz
Susan Boaz is an advocate for Pediatric OCD, and for research and physician education regarding PANS/PANDAS. As the IOCDF Board President and the Executive Director of the PANDAS Physician Network, she works to educate physicians and parents, and to bring together doctors and researchers across the world. Being the parent of a child with OCD and PANS/PANDAS has given her personal experience developing tools for ages varying from toddler to young adult.

Sydney A. Rice, MD, MS
Dr. Sydney Rice is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in health evaluation sciences from the University of Virginia. She completed a Developmental-Behavioral Fellowship at the University of Virginia and she is an active clinician and researcher. She is the Co-Director of the Childhood Autoimmune Encephalopathy Program at the UA.

Kyle Williams MD, PhD
Dr. Kyle Williams is the Director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams’s primary clinical and research interests involve the intersection of the brain and the immune system, and in particular, the psychiatric and behavioral consequences of these interactions.

Amy B. Young, Psy.D.
Dr. Amy Young is the Founder and Clinical Director of the CBT Center for Anxiety & OCD and has been working in the behavioral health field for nearly 30 years. She holds a Clinical Psychology Doctoral and Master’s degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a doctoral program specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Young completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship under nationally recognized OCD expert, Dr. Jonathan Grayson. She has worked at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Young has provided Cognitive-Behavioral treatment to individuals with PANS and PANDAS for over 15 years. She has helped children and families navigate the extraordinary psychological, educational, and systemic challenges that are commonly experienced. Dr. Young has lead PANS and PANDAS parent support groups and she is a member of ASPIRE, a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of individuals affected by PANS, PANDAS and related encephalopathies.