Mental Health

The Mental Health section provides information on topics related to coping with a Duchenne diagnosis, behavioral intervention, depression/anxiety in the family and more.

2019 FUTURES: FAMILY Panel

This panel discusses genetic carrier health, mental health and coping skills, and assistance for Duchenne families.

Virginia Kimonis, MD, MRCP

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Genomic Medicine

University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Lauren Morgenroth, MS, CGC

Chief Operating Officer

TRiNDS

Ashley Yee, MSW

Director of Patient Engagement

Global Genes

Laurie Miller, CSW

Clinical Social Worker

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Leona Filis

Special Needs Attorney

The Filis Law Firm, P.C.

Kelly Maynard

Co-Founder

The Duchenne Family Assistance Program

Marissa Penrod

Co-Founder

The Duchenne Family Assistance Program

2019 FUTURES: FITNESS Panel

This panel discusses mental and physical fitness in individuals with Duchenne.

Tom McNalley, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

University of California San Francisco Benioff's Children's Hospitals

Missy Dixon, MS, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

University of Utah

Jennifer Wallace Valdes, PT

CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapist

CureDuchenne Physical Therapy Program

Paige Lembeck, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist  

Yale Child Study Center

2021 FUTURES Quality of Life Panel: Cognition in Duchenne

Focused on cognitive abilities and psychological wellness in individuals living with Duchenne.

Tiffany Cook, MS, CCC-SLP

Senior Director

CureDuchenne Cares

Missy Dixon, MS, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

University of Utah

Danielle Forrest, OTR, OTD

Occupational Therapist III

Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Services

Matthew Harmelink, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Medical College of Wisconsin

Mathula Thangarajh, MD, PhD, FAAN

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Virginia Commonwealth University

2021 FUTURES Quality of Life Panel: Defining Happiness

Focused on the intersection between physical needs and living a fulfilling life.

Tiffany Cook, MS, CCC-SLP

Senior Director

CureDuchenne Cares

Doug Levine, PT

CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapist

CureDuchenne

Pradeep P.A. Mammen, MD, FACC, FAHA

Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Director

Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, Director for Translational Research for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Program, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tom McNalley, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

University of California San Francisco Benioff's Children's Hospitals

Brenda Wong, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and Director

UMass Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

2021 FUTURES Quality of Life Panel: Easing the Burden

Focused on engaging families in conversations about the load they carry and how to manage life as a caregiver.

Taylor Berhow, MSW, MPA

Social Worker and Neuro-behavioral Health Specialist

University of Utah Health

Tiffany Cook, MS, CCC-SLP

Senior Director

CureDuchenne Cares

Richard Kravitz, MD

Professor of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Duke University

Marissa Penrod

Co-Founder

The Duchenne Family Assistance Program

Lori Safford

Duchenne Mother and Advocate