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Beyond Trauma? Distinguishing Symptoms of Trauma V. ADHD and Autism in Children


Traumatic stress is common in youth involved in the child welfare system. This presentation will discuss the process for evaluating trauma symptoms in youth exposed to adverse events and identify how mental health professionals distinguish symptoms of posttraumatic stress from symptoms of ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will also discuss treatment implications for these youth.

Previously recorded on March 27, 2023

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Jennifer Burt, PhD

Jennifer Burt, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) for Genetics and Rehabilitation. Dr. Burt service as the Associate Director of Clinical Services for the Psychology Department at MMI.  She received her PhD in school psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. Dr. Burt provides clinical services in an integrated primary care clinic at Children’s Physicians Dundee. Her clinical and research interests focus on the integration of behavioral health into primary care and school settings, acceptance commitment therapy, screening in pediatric settings, and violence prevention and trauma. Dr. Burt also has an active interest in prevention and promoting parental knowledge of developmental milestones and positive parenting practices. She has received funding through the CDC’s Learn the Signs Act Early campaign (LTSAE) to assist with the development of resources for the campaign and served as the Nebraska Act Early Ambassador. Dr. Burt is currently serving as the CDC's Children's Mental Health Champion to Nebraska. Dr. Burt was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and received training in leadership and health equity.  She works with a team at UNMC, UNO and the community on hospital and community-based violence prevention efforts in Omaha called ENCOMPASS. Dr. Burt serves as a Faculty Trainer in Integrated Primary Care with the Mid-America Mental Health Technology and Transfer Center.  She is the director of the postdoctoral fellowship training program at MMI and serves as a mentor/trainer for junior faculty, interns and postdoctoral fellows.

Hanna Grandgenet, PhD

Hanna Grandgenett, PhD, PLP, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Psychology Department at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). Dr. Grandgenett completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed her predoctoral internship in Behavioral Pediatrics and Integrated Care at MMI. Prior to her time at MMI, Dr. Grandgenett has provided clinical services in a variety of environments including outpatient clinics, child advocacy centers, Early Head Start/Head Start programs, and residential settings. Dr. Grandgenett is trained in evidence-based practice, drawing from both behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to partner with children, adolescents, and families to obtain their treatment goals.

Dr. Grandgenett has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma. She has provided individual and group treatment to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual and physical abuse and has conducted in-depth diagnostic assessments on children and adolescents who have experienced abuse and neglect. She collaboratively approaches trauma work with patients, using evidence-based approaches to help clients and families overcome the negative effects of trauma. Her clinical work is informed by her research, which focuses on violence prevention, trauma screening, and fostering supportive environments for abuse disclosure.

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