The Impact of Puberty on Mental Health

with Emma Lecarie

The Impact of Puberty on Mental Health

Episode 16, Season 4 | March 7, 2024

Show Notes

Puberty can be a challenging time, but with guidance, parents can help their children navigate it with resilience and strength. Drawing on insights and the expertise of CHC Doctoral Psychology intern, Emma Lecarie, this new podcast episode provides practical advice for parents navigating this transitional period with their children. We explore strategies parents can use to promote positive mental health outcomes during puberty as well as understanding the potential challenges their children may face and how parents and caregivers can recognize signs of distress and offer help.

Guest Info

Emma Lecarie (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Arizona State University and is currently a predoctoral clinical child psychology intern at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and CHC. Emma’s clinical and research interests include exploring psychosocial and developmental factors that are integral in the mental health of adolescents and young adults. Emma’s current program of research focuses on the effects of sleep and stress in the development of anxiety and depressive symptoms across pubertal development and into later adolescence, including examining whether these health factors are more genetically or environmentally influenced. In her clinical work, Emma takes a biopsychosocial approach and focuses on providing evidence-based treatment and assessment for diverse children, adolescents, young adults and families. She generally pulls on various modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies. Emma has completed clinical rotations at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and ASU Behavioral Health. In her free time, Emma enjoys staying active outdoors, frequenting coffee shops and solving puzzles.