Understanding the Effects of Deployment on Children
Understanding the Effects of Deployment on Children

Show: Healthy Children - The Talk Show for Parents

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Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH
Health Concerns of Military Children
Topic Info
Children going through deployment may experience many of the same effects as children of divorce. They worry about what will happen to them. They worry that the non-deployed parent will leave, too. Who will take care of them? This is particularly true if the family has trouble with mail deliveries or pay allotments which is sometimes the case in early days of separation. Preparing a child emotionally prior to departure will help the child cope as the servicemember leaves for training or for deployment.

Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army Madigan Army Medical Center, comes on the show to help parents help their children cope with the stress of deployment. She will offer tips and advice on Understanding the Effects of Deployment on Children
Guest Info
Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, a graduate of Davidson College, completed her medical degree and pediatric training at the University of Virginia in 1989.

After ten years as a busy general pediatrician in the Army, Dr. Davis completed a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma WA. She also received a Master’s in Public Health degree at the University of Washington. She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, Bethesda MD and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington, Seattle WA. She has been the principal investigator and first author of many clinical research articles, and has contributed to book chapters, journal reviews, and national presentations. Her special interests are effects of wartime deployment on children, adolescent autonomy in youth with spina bifida, and mentoring residents and fellows.

Dr Davis recently retired, after 21 years of service from the US Army, where she was Chief of the Developmental Services at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft Lewis WA and the Program Director of the only military Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship. She is the Immediate past-chair of the Section on Uniformed Services of the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing over 800 uniformed service pediatricians, a member of the Council on Children with Disabilities and the Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. She continues see patients daily in DBPeds, work with pediatric trainees, and pursue clinical research.

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