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Dr. William Pelhamphoto of faculty member
UB Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Director, Center for Children and Families
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Office: 318 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Phone: (716) 829-2244
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Summary of Research Interests:

Dr. Pelham¡¦s area of interest is attention Deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. He is the Director of the Center for Children and Families at UB, an interdisciplinary center with faculty and student involvement from the Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, School Psychology and Pharmacy. He has studied many facets of ADHD, including the following: (1) the nature of cognitive deficit, (2) Peer relationships, (3) diagnosis, (4) pharmacological, psychosocial, and combined treatments, (5) motivation and persistence, (6) family factors (e.g., parental alcohol problems), (7) service delivery, and (8) outcome. He has conducted much of this research through his Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children with ADHD, which has been recognized as by the American Psychological Association (APA), CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD), and SAMHSA as a model program and is widely recognized as the state of the art in treatment for ADHD. His STP has also been employed in multiple clinical trials at the NIMH, NIDA, and SAMHSA. Dr. Pelham has authored or co-authored more than 275 professional papers dealing with ADHD and its treatment, both psychosocial and pharmacological. Dr. Pelham is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, and past President of the Society of Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology, the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, and the Professional Group for Attention Deficit and Related Disorders. He currently serves as a member of the Council of Representatives of the APA, as well as the APA Task Force on Medication and Psychosocial Treatments for Children. He founded and directs the biennial Niagara Conference on Evidence Based Treatments for Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Problems He has been PI or Co¡XPI on more than 20 RO1 research grants from federal agencies (NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, NINDS, NICHD, IES), and a like number from foundations and pharmaceutical companies. His laboratory is in the third percentile of all funded NIH labs in total funding over the past quarter century, and is 15th among 1600 clinical psychology laboratories in number of publications over the past 5 years. He has mentored numerous trainees to FIRST, K, and NRSA awards. He is currently funded by NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, NINDS, IES, and industry. He has served as a consultant/advisor on ADHD and related topics to numerous federal agencies (NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, IOM, OMAR, and the CDC) and organizations (AAP, AACAP, APA, CHADD) and pharmaceutical companies (Alza, Shire, Noven, Celltech, Abbott).

Representative Publications:

  • Pelham, W.E., Hoza, B., Pillow, D.R., Gnagy, E.M., Kipp, H.L., Greiner, A.R., Waschbusch, D.A., Trane, S.T., Greenhouse, J., Wolfson, L., & Fitzpatrick, E. (2002). Effects of methylphenidate and the expectancy of children with ADHD: Behavior, academic performance, and attributions in a summer treatment program and regular classroom setting. Journal of Consulting and Clinic Psychology, 70, 320-335.
  • Pelham, W.E., Burrows-MacLean, L., Gnagy, E.M., Fabiano, G.A., Coles, E.K., Tresco, K.E., Chacko, A., Wymbs, B., Weinke, A.L., Walker, K., & Hoffman, M.T. (2005). Transdermal methylphenidate, behavioral, and combined treatment for children with ADHD. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 13(2), 111-126.
  • Pelham, W.E., Fabiano, G.A., & Massetti, G.M. (2005). Evidence-Based Assessment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34 (3), 449-476.
  • Pelham, W.E., Foster, E.M., & Robb, J.A. (in press). The Economic Impact of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Ambulatory Pediatrics.
  • Pelham, W.E. & Fabiano, G.A. (in press). Evidence-based Psychosocial treatments for ADHD: An Update. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
  • Chronis, A.M., Fabiano, G.A., Gnagy, E.M., Onyango, A.N., Pelham, W.E., Williams, A., Chacko, A., Wymbs, B.T., Coles, E.K., & Seymour, K. (2004). An evaluation of the summer treatment program for children with ADHD using a treatment withdrawal design. Behavior Therapy, 35, 561-585.
  • Molina, B. & Pelham, W.E. (2003). Childhood predictors of substance use and conduct problems in a longitudinal study of children with ADHD. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 497-507.

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