When Susan and Phil Hagenah first heard about the Center for Child and Adolescent Resiliency, they were intrigued. After all, they had seen what a toll the pandemic had taken on the younger generations, including their own eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 to 16.

They sat down with Carla C. Allan, PhD, Division Chief of Psychology, to learn more about the vision for the center.

“We were just blown away by Dr. Allan,” Phil says. “Her background is quite impressive, and she has such passion and enthusiasm for helping young people with mental health problems.”

Soon after, the Hagenahs made a gift to the Phoenix Children’s Foundation to establish Dr. Allan’s position as the Hagenah Family Endowed Chair, Division Chief of Psychology.

“We are so thankful for donors like the Hagenahs,” Dr. Allan says. “Support from our community is critical. Without it, I don’t know how this dream would be possible.”

The Hagenahs are excited to see the impact the center will make on the community in the coming years.

“The last few years have really highlighted how much our youth are struggling with anxiety, depression, bullying and other serious challenges,” Susan says. “We are hopeful that Dr. Allan and the center will help us move past stigmas surrounding mental illness and open more doors for families to receive help.”

Carla C. Allan, PhD, Hagenah Family Endowed Chair and Division Chief of Psychology
Carla C. Allan, PhD, Hagenah Family Endowed Chair and Division Chief of Psychology.
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