The Todd Ouida Annual Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression honors the memory of Todd Ouida by promoting and supporting outstanding young researchers.

Despite experiencing severe anxiety throughout his early childhood, Todd overcame the disorder and went on to have a rich high school experience, later earning a degree in psychology from U-M. He had just launched into the beginning of a promising career when he lost his life in the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks at the age of 25. The lecture is traditionally held in the fall at the Rachel Upjohn Building and features a prominent speaker with expertise in anxiety or depression among youth.

Todd’s parents, Herb and Andrea Ouida, also established the Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Awards, which are designed to further the work of outstanding young researchers working in childhood anxiety and depression.

20th Annual Todd Ouida Clinical Scholars Award and Lecture

2022 Eli Lebowitz, Ph.D. - “Parent-Based Treatment for Child Anxiety and OCD”
Associate Professor and Director, Program for Anxiety Disorders, Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine


Emily Bilek, Ph.D. - "Improving Psychotherapy for Anxious Youth" Clinical assistant Professor University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry



Ewa Czyz, Ph.D. - "Harnessing Technology to Assess and Intervene with Adolescents at Elevated Suicide Risk" Assistant Professor University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry

Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D. - "Electroconvulsive Shocks and Aversive Memory Networks" Assistant Professor University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry

Maria Muzik, M.D., M.S. - "Technological Solutions to Detect and Treat Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Prenatal Care" Associate Professor University of Michigan Departments of Psychiatry


Jean A. Frazier, M.D., UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center: Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Preterm Born Children and Adolescents


Joan Luby, M.D. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: Early Childhood Depression: Parent-Child Psychotherapy Targeting Emotion Development


Research presentations by Ouida Scholar Award winners


Cheryl King, Ph.D. University of Michigan: A Broad Perspective on Youth Suicide Prevention: What Can We Do?


Jim Hudziak, M.D. University of Vermont: Why Child Psychiatry Should Be the Centerpiece of Health Care Reform: The Science Behind the Argument


Eric Storch, Ph.D. University of South Florida: D-Cycloserine Augmentation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Pediatric Obsessive-compulsive Disorder


Melissa DelBello, M.D. University of Cincinnati: Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents


Jay N. Giedd, M.D. Chief, Brain Imaging Section Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH: The Teen Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging


Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP President, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; President, American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Professor, Psychiatry, Psychology & Nutrition; Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Dept of Psychiatry; Director, Research & Psychological Services, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The Ohio State University: Nonpharmacologic Adjunctive Interventions for Childhood Mood Disorders


David Brent, M.D. Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology Endowed Chair, Suicide Studies University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Director, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR Center) Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA: Assistance for Treatment Resistance in Adolescent Depression: Lessons from the TORDIA study


Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry; Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders: Adolescents, Anxiety, and Development: Treatment During the Stage of Storm and Stress


Joan Asarnow, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, Youth Stress & Mood Program, University of California, Los Angeles: Pediatric Depression: Strategies for Improving


John Piacentini, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorder Program, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior: Multimodal Treatment of Childhood Anxiety Disorders


John T. Walkup, M.D., Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children: Update on the Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Study (CAMS)


Presentations by Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Award winners


Daniel Pine, M.D., Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience, and Chief, Child and Adolescent Research in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, National Institute of Mental Health: Developmental Perspectives on Anxiety: An Update from NIMH


John March, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center: The Treatments of Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS): Stage 1 Outcomes


Karen D. Wagner, M.D., Clarence Ross Miller Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychaitry, University of Texas Medical Branch: Major Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: The Need to Detect and Treat Early

About Todd

As a child growing up in River Edge, New Jersey, Todd suffered from a panic disorder so severe that he had to leave school, ultimately missing three years while in intensive therapy. He returned to school in the seventh grade and grew into a popular, generous teen who eventually took the bold step of coming to the University of Michigan to earn a degree in psychology.

Todd Ouida's premature death at 25 in the World Trade Center in the fall of 2001 was, for his parents, a tragic end to a life that had included considerable hard-won triumph.

For Todd's parents, Herb and Andrea Ouida, the route toward accepting their son's death has been to honor Todd's memory by helping other children suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. Their Todd Ouida Children's Foundation, which raises money to support psychological services for families in need in the New York-New Jersey area, now supports dozens of organizations and has already distributed several hundred thousand dollars in gifts.