Speaker: Sheila Statlender, PhD
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Role of the Mental Health Professional in Tick-Borne Diseases: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment
Sheila M. Statlender, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, with specialties in individual and family counseling. She served under the Dean of Students at the Harvard Law School for 16 years, focusing on the challenges faced by non-traditional students, and was a member of the Boston Bar Association task force on work-life balance. Dr. Statlender has provided supportive counseling and assistance with healthcare advocacy to Lyme patients and their families for several years. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences (including every annual ILADS conference since 2008), on topics ranging from the role of the mental health practitioner in the treatment of tickborne diseases, to creative educational approaches for students with chronic illness. Dr. Statlender appeared in a Lyme disease special ("Ticked") aired by Boston ABC's "Chronicle," and has been active in legislative efforts to ensure adequate medical treatment for patients with tick-borne diseases.