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In this episode Claudia Reardon, MD, explains how pediatricians can use preparticipation physicals to assess mental health in athletes. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk with Dina Spiropoulos, MD, FAAP, about the importance of early relational health between infants and caregivers. And Cara Coleman, a parent member of the executive editorial board of the journal Pediatrics, introduces the new blog, Family Connections with Pediatrics.



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Claudia Reardon, MD


Dr. Claudia Reardon is a Professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) Department of Psychiatry and serves as consulting sports psychiatrist for University of Wisconsin collegiate athletes. Dr. Reardon has served as cochair of the International Olympic Committee’s Work Group on Mental Health in Elite Athletes and codirects the IOC’s Diploma and Certificate Programs on Mental Health in Elite Sport. She serves on the IOC’s Olympic Refuge Foundation Think Tank. She also has served on the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP) Board of Directors since 2010, currently serving as its Education Committee Chair, and on the National Football League’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee.

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Dina Spiropoulos, MD, FAAP


Dina Spiropoulos is a pediatrician at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center providing specialized medical care to children and adolescents with serious mental illness. She advocates for practice transformation in primary care that includes trauma-informed practice and integration of early childhood mental health. Her training completed at the UMass Infant-Parent Mental Health program has brought a developmental lens and collaborative approach to clinical care. Dr. Spiropoulos serves on the NYS Association of Infant Mental Health Board of Directors and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood.

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Cara Coleman, JD, MPH


Cara Coleman is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Family Voices National and the author of “I am Justice, Hear Me Roar” about her daughter, Justice, with medical complexity and disabilities. She is Associate Editor for Family Partnerships, Executive Editorial Board of the journal Pediatrics. In the past, Cara has worked as an adult health specialist, a case manager for homeless pregnant women, a counselor in a shelter for battered women, a law clerk for a judge, immigration subject matter consultant, and an attorney serving low-income immigrants.


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Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.