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University of Virginia Curry School of Education’s Centennial Speakers Series
Expert on ADHD to discuss limiting drug use and combining other treatments

November 24, 2004 --

WHO:          Education researcher Pelham Jr., SUNY-Buffalo
WHAT:        Lecture on treatment for ADHD
WHEN
:       10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 3, 2004
WHERE:       Ruffner Auditorium

The skyrocketing trend in the use of drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children justifies taking a close look at the efficacy and safety of stimulant drugs, said William E. Pelham Jr., who will talk about his research on the topic at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education’s Centennial Speaker series on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in Ruffner Auditorium. His talk is free and open to the public.

Since 1996, Pelham, a professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has directed the school’s Center for Children and Families. His summer treatment program for ADHD children has shown positive results in lowering doses of or cutting out the use of stimulant medication and has been employed in multiple clinical trials.

The prevalence of pharmacotherapy as a treatment for ADHD is increasing dramatically, driven by marketing from ADHD experts, pharmaceutical companies, professional associations and parent advocacy groups. Pelham’s talk will focus on recent research in the treatment of ADHD and contrast three evidence-based, short-term treatments: behavior modification, stimulant medication and a combination of the two. The first line of treatment for ADHD should always be behavior therapy (parent, teacher and child training), argues Pelham, with medication used only as an adjunctive intervention. He also will discuss new evidence on growth suppression, lack of long-term effectiveness and other negative effects of certain drugs.

The Curry School of Education is commemorating its 2004-05 centennial year with a lecture series focusing on some of the most pressing issues in education today. Lecturers in the spring will discuss the best teaching of reading and the public health problem of physical inactivity.

See the Web site http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu for information about centennial events.

NOTE:  Daniel Hallahan, professor of education, conducts research on effective teaching techniques for students with learning disabilities and students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Each has written more than 100 articles, 20 book chapters, and 15 books, and collaborated on the leading introductory text in special education, "Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education." Daniel Hallahan: dph@virginia.edu.

Contacts: Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861; Ann Loper, (434) 924-0807

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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