Brain Under Attack Authors’ Discussion


We hosted a panel discussion of the five authors of our best-selling book, Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS and Autoimmune Encephalitis.

PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) is a newer diagnosis that your child’s pediatrician or psychiatrist may not be aware of.

It is a disorder that is loosely defined as a sudden onset of acute anxiety and mood variability accompanied by OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and/or tics.

PANS includes not only PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), but also diagnoses such as Lyme disease, OCD and ODD.

Another way to think of PANS, as well as any neurodevelopmental disorder such as autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and even learning disabilities, is that these disorders may fall under the larger umbrella of Autoimmune Encephalitis (AE), which is a swelling of the brain.

In this timely webinar, you’ll learn the answers to these questions:

  • What are PANS, PANDAS and Autoimmune Encephalitis?
  • What are the symptoms of these disorders?
  • Why do so many kids these days have these disorders?
  • How do you test for these disorders?
  • What treatments are available?
  • How can I get help for my child if I suspect this is an issue?

Listen to our authors in this replay as they answer these and other questions.

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About Beth Lambert

Beth is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. As a consultant, she worked with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and other health care companies to evaluate industry trends. She is the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications, 2010). She is also a co-author of Epidemic Answers’ Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. In 2009, Beth founded Epidemic Answers and currently serves as Executive Director. Beth attended Oxford University and graduated from Williams College and holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Fairfield University. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. Beth is also the mother of three young children.

About Maria Rickert Hong

Maria Rickert Hong

Maria is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who specializes in helping parents making dietary and lifestyle changes for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune and more. She also helps tired mothers of special-needs children reclaim their energy. Maria has recovered her sons from SPD, asthma and acid reflux, and is the author of Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners. She is also a co-author of Epidemic Answers’ Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. She writes many of the pages and posts on our website and elsewhere.

Maria is a former sell-side Wall Street equity research analyst covering the oil services sector at Salomon Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers. Later, she covered the gaming, lodging & leisure sector at Jefferies & Co. and Calyon Securities. She quit working on Wall Street when her first son was born. Prior to working on Wall Street, she was a marketing specialist for Halliburton in New Orleans, where she also received her MBA in Finance & Strategy from Tulane University.

About Roseann Capanna-Hodge EdD, LPC, BCN 

Dr. Roseann is a trailblazing psychologist, pediatric mental health expert and the founder and director of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann and Associates. Her Connecticut-based center has helped thousands of children and adults reverse the most challenging conditions such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, concussion, learning disability, Lyme disease, and PANS/PANDAS. Dr. Roseann treats these conditions using proven holistic therapies such as neurofeedback, biofeedback, psychotherapy, and nutrition using her trademarked intensive two-week intensive 360 Reboot™ Program. Her mission is to teach parents how to reduce and reverse their child’s symptoms using proven natural therapies and her book, “It’s Gonna be OK!™, and course, The Get Unstuck Program™: The Step by Step Way to Change Your Child’s Mental Health, give parents the tools for lasting change.

Roseann Capanna Hodge

She is also the author of Teletherapy Toolkit™: Therapist Handbook for Treating Children and Teens and co-author of the best selling book Brain Under Attack: A Resource For Parents and Caregivers of Children With PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. She has been featured on dozens of media outlets such as The Mel Robbins Show, Fox News, CBS, NBC, PIX11 NYC, Cheddar TV, FORBES, USA Today, Yahoo News, WebMD, Business Insider, PARENTS, The Week, and The New York Times. 

Dr. Roseann is a Connecticut certified school psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Integrative Medicine Mental Health Provider (CMHIMP), and a Board Certified Neurofeedback Provider (BCN). Dr. Roseann serves on the boards of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society and is a Lyme Connection Task Force Professional Advisor.

About Lauren Lee Stone PhD, MS, HHP

Lauren is a nutritionist and holistic health practitioner who uses BioEnergetic Medicine as a healing modality. Lauren came to BioEnergetic Medicine in the search to heal her own children, and chose to make it her career after experiencing its success first hand. In addition to a B.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Cornell University, Lauren has a Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She also holds an advanced certificate in BioSET, Quantum Reflex Analysis, and is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. 

Lauren is a board member of Epidemic Answers. She is also a co-author of Epidemic Answers’ Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. You can find out more about her at her website

About Jennifer Giustra-Kozek LPC NCC

Jennifer Giustra-Kozek is a board-certified licensed psychotherapist with many years of clinical experience. She has a Masters of Science in Counseling and is certified in integrative medicine for mental health. She specializes in working with ADHD, depression, anxiety/OCD, and autism.

She is the author of an award-winning book, Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medication. She is also the co-author of our book Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. You can find out more about her at and

Jennifer Giustra-Kozek


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