About the Child Anxiety Team

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Dr. Stephen Whiteside is a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Program. He has experience in the treatment of child, adolescent and adult anxiety disorders. Dr. Whiteside has received two grants from the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation to use neuroimaging to study OCD in children and adults. He has published multiple research articles on OCD and child anxiety as well as presented papers and workshops to national organizations. Dr. Whiteside’s clinical work and research interests are in the area of childhood anxiety and treatment effectiveness.

“Working with anxious children is especially rewarding when I see their hard work lead to feelings of pride and decreased fear and worry. My goals for the child anxiety program are to advance our knowledge of anxiety disorders, develop more effective treatments, and provide the best possible care to children and their families. I firmly believe that well-planned research is the best method for achieving these goals. The Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Program provides an excellent opportunity to combine research and clinical practice in a complementary fashion. I hope that our children and families not only gain relief from their worries and fears, but also feel as if they have participated in the effort to develop better ways to help children with similar problems.”


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Mark W. Olsen, M.D.

Dr. Olsen is a Child psychiatrist and Instructor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Program responsible for medical evaluations and pharmacological management.


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Michael S. Tiede, M.A.

Mr. Tiede is a Masters level therapist and provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. He conducts assessments and treatment in the pediatric OCD study.


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Julie E. Dammann, M.A.

Ms. Dammann is a Masters level therapist and provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. She conducts assessments and treatment in the pediatric OCD study.


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Bridget Biggs, Ph.D.

Dr. Biggs is a Child Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Biggs provides assessments and treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. She also contributes to research and grant writing.