In the Media

Dr. Landau has appeared in variouous publications and on numerous television and radio shows, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, NBC’s “Today,” Public Radio International’s “Marketplace,” National Public Radio (NPR), the BBC and many nationally syndicated and major market programs. She frequently serves on expert panels on student mental health, depression, anxiety and women’s health for national publications and health websites. Her videos on dieting are now being distributed by ContentMedia Health.

For media requests and appearances please email Dr. Landau at: Carol_Landau@Brown.edu

Below is a sampling of Dr. Landau’s contributions to various media outlets:

  • The New York Times

    To the Editor:

    Re “Michelle Obama Says She Is Dealing With ‘Low-Grade Depression’” (nytimes.com, Aug. 6):

    Michelle Obama has performed a tremendous public service by using the word “depression” to describe her mood state. She validates what so many Americans are feeling as a result of the racial crisis, the pandemic and the resulting quarantine and financial devastation. Her words are especially validating for women, who suffer from depression twice as often as men, and for women of color, who may be struggling with front-line jobs and poverty.

    Mrs. Obama’s comments and the strong support she received also highlight yet another change we need to make to American public health policy as soon as possible: greater access to mental health services. It is axiomatic among health care professionals that children’s mental health is directly related to the mental health of their parents, especially their mothers.

    Our families are in crisis in every domain. How long will we have to wait for adequate responses from the federal government?

    Carol Landau
    Providence, RI

  • The Boston Globe

    To the Editor:

    Finding meaning and purpose can be a way through existential crisis.

    Laura Krantz and Deirdre Fernandes’s article “Colleges alert to emotional toll of pandemic” (Page A1, Aug. 21) highlights the enormous psychological damage that the coronavirus has inflicted on college students. The situation should not surprise us, since we know that extreme stress can precipitate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. In addition to these symptoms, however, our young people are also facing an existential crisis. They are concerned about climate change, racial injustice, and the future. Many of them have been laser focused on applying to college, only to find that all aspects of their college experience have become uncertain. If trends continue, many of them will be sent home and may not have access to college mental health services.

    The solution to an existential crisis is the restoration of meaning. Two years of national public service could provide young people with a sense of purpose and increased self-efficacy and would help rebuild the country from the devastation of the pandemic. Young people could participate, for example, in education, rebuilding infrastructure, and child care. In turn, the service would then provide financial support for college or advanced training programs. Everyone wins. We will need to develop these types of creative solutions if we are to recover from this national trauma.

    Carol Landau
    Providence, RI

  • HealthlineWhat Your Social Media Posts Say About Your Stress Level Right Now

    Carol Landau, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Brown University and author of “Mood Prep 101: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Depression and Anxiety in College-Bound Teens,” said rates of depression and anxiety have been rising in teens since before the pandemic. While young adults have maintained some life structure while working from home, Landau says teens have been isolated from their friends, which is a major motivator for going to school. “Teens often turn to substances; it may not be a lack of ‘self-awareness’ so much as a lack of access to care,” Landau told Healthline… Landau agreed that the pandemic has revealed barriers to mental healthcare. She said it’s also shown that unemployment and poverty are barriers to getting help. Isolation is one factor that makes intimate partner violence [IPV] worse, so this type of severe isolation may make it much, much worse for victims to get help. And more children are being exposed to IPV as they are home with their families.”

  • Psychology TodayWe Already Had a Mental Health Epidemic Among Young People – Then came the coronavirus
  • The Brown Daily HeraldOn Student Mental Health
  • PsycomHow to Deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • HuffPostCelebrities Who Have Depression
  • TODAYRevival Tips for Women