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ADHD Expert to Present First President Award for Faculty Excellence Award

By Lois Baker

Release Date: March 2, 2009

William E. Pelham Jr., Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, will present the University at Buffalo's inaugural Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence lecture at 5 p.m. today (Monday, March 2, 2009) in Diefendorf Hall on the UB South (Main Street) Campus.

The award, established in spring 2008 by UB President John B. Simpson, recognizes a UB faculty member who has achieved the highest degree of excellence as a scholar, community citizen and educator.

Pelham is a State University of New York and UB Distinguished Professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry, and director of UB's Center for Children and Families. His summer treatment program for children with ADHD has been recognized by the American Psychological Association and federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, among others, as state of the art in the treatment of ADHD.

In his lecture, "Medicating America's Children: Medication and Alternatives to Treating ADHD," Pelham will discuss risks, benefits and costs of treatment to children, families, schools and society at large. He also will describe a series of studies conducted at UB that have evaluated medication, behavior treatments and their combinations.

Press arrangements: Lois Baker in the Office of University Communications, at 645-5000 ext. 1417, and on site.