Jan 3, 2023
Host, Dr. Catherine Cerulli, a professor of
Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, is joined by
guest, Christie McGee Petrenko, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
(FASD) researcher. FASD represents a range of conditions associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
Studies have documented that in the US 2-5% of the population have FASD, or one in 20, and as many as
80-90% of people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. This impacts their lives in challenging ways including
growth delays, learning and behavioral problems, and struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or depression.
Children involved in the welfare system have a higher rate of being diagnosed with FASD as well as
children in mental health care and justice settings. Dr. Petrenko discusses resources professionals can
utilize to learn about FASD and ways to help patients. She also discusses an initiative that uses the
Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) approach to create learning collaborations with
primary care providers in the community by engaging with and training nurses and pediatricians. Lastly,
the episode concludes by discussing ways society portrays people with FASD and what can be done to
increase understanding and inclusiveness to help improve their lives.