Pelham to Present First Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence Lecture March 2

By Lois Baker

Release Date: February 11, 2009

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ADHD treatment expert William Pelham will discuss his work during the inaugural University at Buffalo Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence lecture.

BUFFALO, NY – William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D, an internationally known expert in ADHD treatment, will discuss the range of approaches to treat this disorder in the inaugural University at Buffalo Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence lecture, scheduled for Monday, March 2, at 5 p.m. in Diefendorf Hall on UB's South (Main Street) Campus.

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

The lecture is free and open to the public. To register, go to

Pelham is a SUNY and UB Distinguished Professor of psychology, pediatrics, and psychiatry and director of UB's Center for Children and Families. His summer treatment program for ADHD children has been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the non-profit organization Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as a model program. The treatment program is recognized widely as the state of the art in treatment for ADHD.

ADHD is a chronic mental health disorder, diagnosed in 2 to 9 percent of children, that causes serious relationship problems, disrupts learning and inhibits friendships, and can have adverse effects throughout life.

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

Pelham is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology

from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 1976. He was a member of the faculties of Washington State University, Florida State University, and the University of Pittsburgh prior to joining UB in 1996.

He has authored or co-authored nearly 300 professional publications dealing with ADHD, its assessment and treatments. He has received more than 60 research grants from federal agencies, foundations and pharmaceutical companies, and has served as a consultant/advisor to numerous federal agencies on ADHD and related topics. Pelham also founded and directs the biennial Niagara Conference on Evidence-based Treatments for Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Problems.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.