Can My School Aged Child Really Be Depressed?

with Dr. Patrice Crisostomo and Annemarie Kelleghan

Can My School Aged Child Really Be Depressed?

Episode 29, Season 2 | May 3, 2022

Show Notes

Children often experience a rollercoaster of emotions, even on a good day. But prolonged symptoms of sadness, irritability, short-temper, change in eating or sleeping habits or lost concentration or interest could be signs of depression. How do you know what’s normal and what’s cause for concern? Today’s podcast episode features CHC Clinical Services experts, Dr. Patrice Crisostomo, Clinical Program Manager and Psychologist and Annemarie Kelleghan, Doctoral Psychology Intern, sharing insights, expertise and important reminders: depression is treatable, early intervention is key, and you are not alone.

Guest Info
Patrice Crisostomo headshot

Dr. Patrice Crisostomo is a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, parents and families. She has extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments and providing evidence-based treatments for youth and families. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Psychology, with honors. Thereafter, she coordinated a longitudinal research study evaluating treatment outcomes for children with ADHD. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Denver (DU), where she completed her MA and PhD in Child Clinical Psychology. At DU, her research focused on understanding components of psychotherapy that lead to improvements in the treatment of adolescent depression. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University/CHC’s consortium. She sought continued training in comprehensive psychological assessments and evidence-based treatments of anxiety and mood disorders, autism and developmental disabilities and eating disorders through a postdoctoral fellowship within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University (APA-accredited).


Dr. Crisostomo has enjoyed working within non-profit mental health organizations. She previously served as the clinical director of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at a clinic in West Oakland for adolescents and young adults with mood, anxiety and other comorbid disorders. She also worked at another local non-profit on the Peninsula conducting psychological assessments for children and adolescents.


Currently, she is a program manager for CHC’s Clinical Services division. A California native, she enjoys cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, going to the beach and traveling.

Annemarie Kelleghan headshot

Annemarie Kelleghan is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern at CHC and Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She provides holistic care for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families to support their overall health and well-being. She focuses on collaborating with youth and families to highlight their strengths and to support them in improving their quality of life, interpersonal relationships and coping skills. Annemarie uses interventions informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT), parent training, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing to address adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, somatic disorders, and behavioral challenges and to support family functioning. Annemarie has worked with a wide range of clients, providing infant mental health through transition-age-youth care in community mental health settings, schools, intensive outpatient programs and inpatient hospital settings.


Annemarie completed her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Human Biology & Society at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has completed her Masters of Arts in Psychology and Masters in Public Health at the University of Southern California (USC), and she will complete her PhD in Clinical Science from USC in August 2022. In her free time, Annemarie enjoys hiking, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends (ideally at the beach).