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Ringel Lecture offers hope for anxiety and depression in children

Thanks to the geneoristy of the Ringel family, Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley is proud to offer annually the Ringel Lecture in memory of former JFS executive director, Dr. Phyllis Ringel, z”l. In addition, this year’s lecture is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Jewish Family Service. 

The 2022 Ringel Lecture will be delivered by Carey E. Gross, M.D., on the topic of “Anxiety and Depression in Children.” The lecture will be closed captioned and available on Zoom on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. Please register at

Dr. Gross is a psychiatrist who has been in private practice for 30 years in Tenafly, New Jersey. She specializes in treating children and adolescents. In addition to her dedication to helping the pediatric population, she greatly enjoys also engaging with their families, schools and communities.

“For several decades there has been a trend of increasing anxiety and depression around the world, and that’s not just limited to adults," she said.

Her therapeutic approach includes educating her patients about how brains work. Dr. Gross believes that incorporating an understanding of the brain with therapy and medications cultivates more positive outcomes.

“I love the brain. I love the mysteries of it, and how we keep learning more and more about it,” said Gross.

Dr. Gross is an engaging speaker who will present an overview of anxiety and depression in the pediatric population. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

”The medical and psychiatric community is always trying to educate people that there is not a difference between mental/psychological illness and physical illness,” shared Gross. “The earlier you can get help, usually the healthier the outcome will be. Most kids get better once diagnosed and engaged in treatment. They take what they learn in treatment with them for the rest of their lives.”