At the December 4th All School Meeting Dr. Catherine McCarthy spoke to the student body about the development of the brain and how as teenagers, their brains are still growing and maturing. She spoke in depth about how anxiety and stress affect the brain and gave tips on how to work through panic and stress.
Dr. McCarthy specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, and anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder in children and adolescents. She also has expertise in the treatment of learning and developmental disorders. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of child and adolescent anxiety disorders, and has been trained in CBT by experts at Duke University Medical Center and the Beck Institute.
Dr. McCarthy received her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, graduating with distinction as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She received a merit scholarship to the University of Virginia Medical School.
During her fourth year of medical school, Dr. McCarthy was awarded a scholarship from Columbia University to study Human Rights and Medicine in several developing countries. She completed her residency at Duke University where she was a Chief Resident. She completed her Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. McCarthy has appeared on live television news and contributed to articles in popular magazines, where she has discussed issues regarding child and adolescent mental health. She also provides lectures regularly at schools throughout the Washington DC area to parents and students, along with adjunct teaching of residents and fellows at Georgetown University and Children's Hospital National Medical Center.
Dr. McCarthy is also involved in supporting medical care in developing countries, and has most recently dedicated time away from her private practice to support children in the Everest Region of the Himalayas.Academics