A Discussion on COVID-19 and Managing Anxiety

As part of the Adult Webinar Series, Dr. Anthony Rostain and Emberly Sevilla discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some of the challenges that our adult community is experiencing during this trying time. This presentation focus’ on ways to cope including identifying triggers for anxiety, challenging unhelpful ways of thinking, developing resiliency skills, and learning how to improve quality of life.  

About Dr. Anthony Rostain

Anthony L. Rostain, MD is Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  He is Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Cooper University Healthcare where he directs the clinical, education and research activities of the Department.  He is also an attending psychiatrist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at Penn Medicine Behavioral Health where he is Medical Director of the Adult Neurodevelopmental Disorders Unit and the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program.  His clinical focus is “lifespan neurodevelop-mental psychiatry,” which includes caring for patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Learning Disabilities (verbal and nonverbal), Neurogenetic Disorders (e.g. Fragile X, Rett) and related social-emotional learning disorders.

Dr. Rostain served as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Psychiatry at Perelman School of Medicine from 1998-2017 ajd as Co-Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare from 2014-16.  Dr. Rostain former Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) and was President of APSARD from 2011-2016.  He also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Association of America. 

Dr. Rostain’s research interests focus on improving clinical outcomes for patients across the lifespan with neurodevelopmental disorders, and on creating effective service systems for these patients and their families. He has co-authored two books on adult ADHD (with J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.) entitled The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach (Routledge, 2015).  He is also co-author (with B. Janet Hibbs, Ph.D.) of The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years (St. Martin’s Press, 2019).

About Emberly Sevilla

Emberly Sevilla is a Rising Leader for the Tourette Association of America. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and double minoring is Addictions Treatment and Addictions Prevention. She is passionate about athletics, having two years of Division 1 soccer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under her belt. She currently serves the community as a barista at Dutch Bros Coffee, while also coaching at the youth level with the Kronis Academy. While an advocate for Tourette syndrome, she also raises awareness for mental health and drug addiction, treatment, and prevention.