We cordially invite you to participate in Social Security’s next National Disability Forum on COVID-19 and SSA Programs: Mental Health Effects on Adults and Children.  The forum is on Thursday, April 15, 2021 and will be held via teleconference from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

The purpose for this forum is to hear from medical professionals, researchers, and academia about the mental health effects of COVID-19. The panel will explore the effects of COVID-19 on adults, addressing isolation, job loss, function, and their ability to work.  Children are also affected; the panel will discuss isolation, lack of educational structure, interruption in special education services, associated declines in school performance, and how mental health affects a child’s ability to succeed.

Moderating the forum is Dr. Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD, Vice President, Westat.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dr. Gary Bond, PhD, Senior Study Director, Westat
  • Dr. Emily A. Troyer, MD, Board-Certified General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist NIMH T32 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biological Psychiatry & Neuroscience, University of California San Diego Department of Psychiatry Hong Laboratory
  • Dr. Calliope Holingue, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Tami D. Benton, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Executive Director and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Rose Perry, Ph.D., Founder & Executive Director, Social Creatures

To participate in the forum, please register online by Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

We hope you can join us and we look forward to your participation.  To learn more about the National Disability Forum, please visit www.ssa.gov/ndf/.


Kimberly Stephens
Public Affairs Specialist
(T) 866-894-8525 x 19820

WEBINAR: Social Security’s next National Disability Forum on COVID-19 and SSA Programs April 15