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Identifying and Addressing Youth Anxiety in School-based Settings; HHS Region 8
August 4, 2021


Identifying and Addressing Youth Anxiety in School-based Settings; HHS Region 8

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Experts estimate that one in five youths will suffer from a mental health disorder by age 18. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting 31.9% of youth (Merikangas, 2010). This training provided free resources designed to assist school professionals in identifying anxiety in young people and provide strategies that address these anxieties and underlying worries. A significant focus of this presentation was on culturally adaptive-anxiety, and the mental health practices used to help youth address those issues.


Attendee Learning Objectives:


  1. Identify signs of anxiety in students
  2. Provide practical tips for assessing and addressing anxiety
  3. Distinguish clinical anxiety from worry
  4. Address development and cultural adaptations to anxiety treatment



Dr. Kelsie Okamura

Dr. Kelsie H. Okamura is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at Hawai’i Pacific University in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She completed her predoctoral internship at I Ola Lāhui Rural Hawai’i Behavioral Health and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Mental Health. Dr. Okamura’s research focuses on disseminating and implementing evidence-based innovations in youth behavioral health, psychometrics and measurement development, and youth internalizing psychopathology.