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Mental Health Treatment of Children and Adolescents – Video Presentations from Penn State

Presentations from Penn State psychiatry faculty – most about 30 minutes Autism Spectrum Disorders – Raman Baweja, MD Disruptive Behaviors in Children and Adolescents – Usman Hameed, MD Mental Health Services in Schools: An Overview for PCP’s – Richard Mattison, MD Treatment of Depression and Suicide Prevention – Lidija Petrovic-Dovat, MD Treatment of ADHD in the Primary Care Setting – James Waxmonsky,...

Press Release – National conference on child maltreatment to advance innovation through data solutions

This year Penn State’s Seventh Annual conference focuses on childhood well-being through its Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and is asking others to be leaders, too. The Penn State Solutions Network’s annual network conference focused on “Strengthening Child Safety and Wellbeing through Integrated Data Solutions,” and featured over 16 nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of child maltreatment. Held on Sept. 27 and 28 at the University Park campus, the conference hosted researchers, policy makers, child welfare professionals and members of the public. The use of technology and data-driven innovations now and over the next few years provides the leading edge in service delivery and care for children. This helps and empowers the organizations and groups in the public and private sector that work with children and families. Understanding and knowing the power of integrated data solutions brought dozens of experts and a broad range of community leaders from around the country to University Park. The conference featured sessions from leaders in the field of child maltreatment and welfare, including Penn State Professor and Solutions Network Director Jennie Noll; University of Southern California Professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein; University of Washington Professor Melissa Jonson-Reid; and University of Chicago Professor Fred Wulczyn among others. The conference looks forward and is geared toward collaborative conversation and problem-solving, making this a unique opportunity to engage with experts on these critical...

Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA Study)

Summary and Review by Matt Barcellona  Penn State College of Medicine 2002 Goal of study: 3 Questions 1) How do long term and behavioral treatments compare with one another? 2) Are there additional benefits of combining medicinal and behavioral treatments? 3) How does careful systematic treatment compare to routine community care?   Study Design: 4 Groups (Strategies) 1) Medication management 2) Behavioral Treatment 3) Combined Treatment 4) Community Care number of children = 579 over 14 month period   6 Major Outcome Domains 1) ADHD core symptoms (inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity) 2) Oppositional/Aggressive symptoms 3) Social skills 4) Internalizing symptoms 5) Parent-Child relations 6) Academic achievement   Results & Conclusions – All groups showed marked reductions in symptoms over time, with significant differences in degrees of change. – Med management superior to behavioral treatment in controlling core symptoms of ADHD (parents/teachers). No significant difference on other domains. – Combined treatment and med management were superior to behavioral treatment in controlling core symptoms (parents/teachers) while Community Care was NOT. – No significant advantage of combined therapy versus medications alone on any domain -combined treatment consistently used lower doses than med management – Combined treatment superior to behavioral treatment on 4 domains:          1) Inattention (parents/teachers), Hyperactivity-Impulsivity (parents)          2) Oppositional/Aggressive behaviors (parents)          3) Internalizing symptoms (parents)          4) Academic achievement (reading) – Combined treatment was superior to Community Care on all 6 domains (parents). – Treatment satisfaction scores for parents of combined and behavioral treatments were superior to Med management parents.     Presentation References 1) Abukoff, HB, et al. “A 14-Month Randomized Clinical Trial of Treatment Strategies for ADHD.”...