Anxiety Around Food Allergies & Maintaining A Healthy Safe Balance

Aug 25, 2021 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (ET)

This presentation will be co-lead by Megan Lewis, a nurse practitioner and program manager of the Food Allergy Center, and Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of food allergy-related anxiety. It will address and correct the prevalent myths about food allergies that contribute unnecessarily to anxiety, as well as discuss strategies for reasonable, safe, and sane risk assessment and practices of daily living with food allergies.


  • Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD, ABPP
  • Megan Lewis, MSN, CRNP, nurse practitioner and the program manager for the Food Allergy Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Learning objectives

  1. Define and correct several common myths regarding causes and risk of accidental reactions.
  2. Interpret the concept of "safe enough" when engaging in risk assessment regarding managing food allergies in daily life.
  3. Discuss the psychological consequences of engaging in medically unnecessary avoidance of activities of daily life.

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Shelly Norbury


ACCME Accreditation Statement: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement: Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD (Speaker), Megan Lewis, MSN, CRNP (Speaker), Katie Lockwood, MD MEd, (CHOP Talks Course Director), and Monica S. Williams (CME Planner) and others as appropriate have no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest to disclose.

Related specialties: allergy and immunology, general pediatrics