Overview of COVID-19's Neuropsychological Effects on the Pediatric Population

Faculty Sponsor

Jana Stedman




VU MSPA Program

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Summer 7-26-2023


Objective: This study aims to identify the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the pediatric population’s neuropsychiatric health. The study will be highlighting effects/risks of contracting the COVID-19 illness itself, long-COVID and the additional environment effects imposed on children. Methods: 4 databases were searched, MEDLINE with Full Text (via EBSCO), APA PsychInfo (via EBSCOhost), PubMed and JAMA Pediatrics for studies reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic’s neuropsychiatric effects on children. A total of 1,043 articles were reviewed consisting of systematic reviews, cohort studies, and meta-analysis. Results: The results showed there was overall negative long-term effects on the pediatric population in all articles researched. Mental illness and neuropsychiatric findings were identified in adolescents in all populations researched. Primary Endpoints: The effects of COVID-19 were recognized in this study. A decrease in neuropsychological effects in children can be achieved with more research, resources and help from various healthcare professionals.

Keywords: long-COVID, post-COVID, neuropsychiatric, pediatric, adolescent, depression.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Emily Osowski has accepted a job as an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics PA for Franciscan Porter Network. She will be working along side our Valparaiso University’s MSPA program’s medical director, Dr. Eugene Lin. Emily is a member of the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistant’s (IAPA), the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA), as well as the Valparaiso University Physician Assistant Student Society (VUPASS). She has grown a special interest and passion for pediatrics. Emily will be presenting on,“An Overview of COVID-19’s Neuropsychological Effects on the Pediatric Population.”

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