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Anxiety disorders are the most common emotional disorder affecting children and over the past decades we have seen an increase in the proportion of children experiencing problematic anxiety. In this talk Professor Dodd discusses whether it is possible to identify, when children are pre-schoolers, those who are at risk for experiencing problems with anxiety and what we might be able to do to help.

Helen Dodd is a Professor of Child Psychology and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. Helen has significant expertise in the field of childhood anxiety, including anxiety associated with neurodevelopmental conditions, anxiety and parenting, interventions for anxiety, the cognitive mechanisms underlying anxiety, and most recently the focus of her UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on adventurous play and anxiety (running 2019-2026). Helen currently has a significant number of active grants and fellowships and has secured funding from a range of sources such as UKRI, ESRC, British Academy, Kavli Foundation, Royal Society, ARC and Horizon 2020 to name a few. Helen is the recipient of the Margaret Donaldson Prize 2021 from the BPS Developmental Section for her contribution to developmental psychology. 

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Why do some children become anxious - public lecture - YouTube