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5th Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 21-23, 2024 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA

GAB 2023

What is wrong with me? The effects of Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-COV-2 infection (PASC) long covid on youth with substance use disorder

Speaker at Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 2023 - Ann Marie Leonard Zabel
Curry College & NEALAC Clinic, United States
Title : What is wrong with me? The effects of Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-COV-2 infection (PASC) long covid on youth with substance use disorder


This presentation will address the multidisciplinary neuropsychological assessment and intervention services for youth with Long Covid (PASC) coupled with sustaining recovery involving substance use disorder. However, since the impetus of COVID-19 as of March 2020, many children and youth worldwide have experienced and suffered the ramifications of fall-out from PASC. An area that has brought complexity to the assessment and intervention process is PASC’s couple with Youth in recovery involving Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Developmental Histories of Youth typically review for interview(s) of parents/guardians and school professionals, academic records for grades including teacher comments, classroom observations, and other qualitative and quantitative sources of medical history. However, further impact and benefits of neuropsychological assessment, the use of additional tools helpful to assess the fall-out of PASC, and wrap-around services will be explored. Overall, this presentation will suggest areas to look further beyond a standard developmental history to include various aspects of psycho-educational, neuro-educational, and medical co-morbidities coupled with substance use disorder, that may impact a youngster’s return to life demands and learning. 

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • Review of the World Health Organization Definition of Post Covid 19 (PACS)
  • Exposure to the Long Covid (PASC) National Research Action Plan (2022)
  • Research studies that will guide specific neuro-cognitive areas to assess involving PASC.
  • A proposed extended PASC developmental history involving 6 neuro-cognitive areas will be reviewed
  • Exploration of a three Prong Index to assist with conceptualization of a neuropsychological assessment
  • Exposure to neuropsychological tools to assist with wrap around services via the implementation of a brief case analysis.


Dr. Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel is a Full Professor of Psychology and Department Coordinator at Curry College in Massachusetts, USA. She received awards from Curry College involving Person of the Year, Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Partnership Collaboration, Woman of Inspiration, and an invited two-time presenter at the Curry Authors event. She is a frequent speaker and keynote at national and international conferences involving School Psychology, School Neuropsychology, Disability Analysis, Homeland Security, Violence-Aggression, Forensic Examining, Autism, Trauma, A-D/HD, COVID-19/Long COVID and Post COVID-19 conditions among children and youth, Ethics, and Addictions. In addition, she owns a private international practice specializing in evaluations, consultation, and in-service trainings for neuro-behavioral learning disabilities, neuro-developmental disorders, emotional-behavioral disorders, forensic examiner evaluations and substance use/abuse disorders.For the past 17 years, she has served as a clinical supervisor/clinical instructor for the School Neuropsychology Institute training psychologists in School Neuropsychology. Dr. Leonard-Zabel has published chapters and training programs in the areas of Autism, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Telepractice Therapy, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, as well as chapters in Ethics, TBI, Addictions, and Forensics. Dr. Leonard-Zabel is a Board of Director for the Learning Disabilities Worldwide Congress and is one of a group of Global Goodwill Ambassadors-USA for the Global Goodwill Ambassador Foundation (GGAF) focusing on the UN SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being (strengthen the prevention, assessment and treatment of substance use disorder) and SDG 4 - Quality Education (disabilities and human rights) and SDG 16 - Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (decrease violence and abuse of children and youth). Dr. Leonard-Zabel is currently developing a course to bring global awareness on the topic “The Hijacked Brain-Adolescent Addiction” for the Global Goodwill Ambassador Foundation (GGAF) Learning Institute. She received the Lifetime Achievement award in School Neuropsychology and the Distinguished Lifetime Career Achievement award from the American Board of Disability Analysts.