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In this episode hosts David Hill, MD FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, look at the child welfare system during the pandemic. In the main interview segment, Heather Forkey MD, FAAP, talks about the role pediatricians can play in taking care of this extremely vulnerable population. The hosts also discuss new research in Pediatrics with John Constantino, MD, who co-authored an article about late diagnoses and barriers to treatment of autism in African Americans.



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Heather C. Forkey, MD, FAAP


Heather C. Forkey, MD, FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Division Director for the Child Protection Program and Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES) of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. She's on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care and served on the steering committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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John N. Constantino, MD


John N. Constantino, MD, is the Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he directs the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child Psychiatry, directs an NICHD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, and serves as Psychiatrist-In-Chief of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. His work has focused on understanding genetic and environmental influences on disorders of social development in childhood and their implications for preventive intervention.


Genetic Epidemiology
Constantino Social Developmental Studies Laboratory

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

John N. Constantino, MD, is author of the Social Responsiveness Scale-2.

He receives royalties from Western Psychological Services for commercial distributions of the (SRS-2) .

Music Credits:
"Steadfast" by Blue Dot Sessions at
Theme music composed by Matthew Simonson at

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