Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Program

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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
Map & directions
Rm. 126
713 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-3188
Office Hours: 8:30pm-5pm, Mon-Fri

The Upstate Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Program is a nationally recognized center for the assessment and treatment of ADHD. Children, adolescents, and adults referred to this program for evaluation undergo a comprehensive protocol of behavior rating scales, interviews, and psychological testing, working directly with Dr. Antshel and his staff in all phases of this process.

Kevin Antshel, Phd., Director

Clinicians

Stephen V Faraone, PhD

Stephen V Faraone, PhD
Appointed 08/04/04
301 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
713 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-5440

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Biomedical Sciences Program
  • Center for Neuropsychiatric Genetics
  • Center for Psychiatric Neuroimaging
  • Medical Genetics Research Center
  • Neuroscience Program
  • Neuroscience and Physiology
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Research Pillars

Web Resources

Education & Fellowships

  • Post Graduate Training: Brown University, Clinical Psychology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Brown University, Psychiatric Epidemiology and Genetics
  • PhD: University of Iowa, 1982, Clinical Psychology
  • MA: University of Iowa, 1980, Clinical Psychology
  • BA: SUNY Stony Brook, 1978, Psychology

Research Interests

  • Psych. Genetics; ADHD and BP Disorder; Endophenotype. 

Clinical Trials

  • Longitudinal Family/Molecular Genetic Study to Validate Research Domain Criteria
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HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

11/13/14 ADHD research

11/13/14 Expert Advice: What to do if you think your child has ADHD

8/13/14 Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Web Resources

Publications

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Research Abstract

Stephen Faraone, PhD (CV), is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience & Physiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Director of Medical Genetics Research for the University.  He is also Senior Scientific Advisor to the Research Program Pediatric Psychopharmacology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Faraone studies the nature and causes of mental disorders in childhood and has made contributions to research in psychiatric genetics, psychopharmacology, diagnostic issues and methodology.   

An author on over 700 journal articles, editorials, chapters and books, he was the eighth highest producer of High Impact Papers in Psychiatry from 1990 to 1999 as determined by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI, Science, 2000, Vol 288, pg 959).  In 2005, ISI determined him to be the second highest cited author in the area of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (http://www.esi-topics.com/add/interviews/StephenFaraone.html) and in 2007 he was the third most highly cited researcher in psychiatry (http://in-cites.com/top/2005/first05-psy.html) for the preceding decade.

Dr. Faraone is Editor for the journal Neuropsychiatric Genetics.  He is also Deputy Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Biostatistical and Methodology Editor for the Journal of Attention Disorders and Associate Editor for Behavioral and Brain Functions.  He sits on the Editorial Boards for Biological Psychiatry, and the Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry.

In 2002, Dr. Faraone was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding achievement in medicine and education research on attention disorders and in 2004 and 2008 he was elected to the Vice Presidency of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.  In 2008, he received the SUNY Upstate President's Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research.  In 2009 he was awarded Alumni Fellow status at the University of Iowa.  In 2010 he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities from the State University of New York.

Faculty Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/faculty/faraones

Consultants

Evaluations

ADHD Evaluation: We provide comprehension ADHD evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. The evaluation will involve psychological tests and clinical interviews to determine if the patients' difficulties are due to ADHD or some other psychological concern. After the evaluation, you will receive several copies of a report outlining the results of the evaluation and specific recommendations.
  • ADHD Indicators: You may want to consider an ADHD evaluation if your or your child has difficulty in the following areas:
    • Following instructions from teachers/parents/family members
    • Organization
    • Focusing on tasks such as homework, chores, projects
    • Staying seated
    • Paying attention to details or often making careless mistakes
    • Listening to others when they are talking
    • Waiting his or turn to answer a question or participate in an activity
    • Restlessness or acting as if "driven by a motor"/"always on the go"
  • Second Opinions: We do offer re-evaluations for patients seeking second opinions concerning diagnosis or treatment of ADHD. Our evaluations can re-assess strengths and weakness, answer questions, and offer recommendations even if you already have a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • ADHD Evaluation Procedures: The ADHD evaluation will take around 2 hours. The clinician will spend the majority of the time with the patient. If the patient is a child, the child's guardian(s) will spend time filling out forms including a developmental history, questionnaires, and rating scales. During the appointment the patient will be completing psychological tests some of them are automated and run by the computer. Additionally, both the patient and the guardian will be interviewed regarding present concerns, expectations, and symptoms of ADHD. Following the initial evaluation, a feedback session will be scheduled. During the feedback session the clinician will review the results of the assessment as well as make recommendations about how to proceed. Additionally a written report will be generated and copies will be given to the patient or the patient's guardians. The report will include a summary of the evaluation and specific recommendations for the patient.
  • Appointments: To schedule an ADHD evaluation, please call 315-464-3188 or email ADHD@upstate.edu with your contact information. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120
Psychoeducational evaluations: The ADHD program offers psychoeducational evaluations designed to assess academic difficulties in reading, math, and writing. They are often conducted when a learning disability is suspected. If a problem is identified specific recommendations will be made as to how to best aid the patient in school settings.
  • Psychoeducational Evaluation Procedures: Patients will complete several psychological tests including an IQ test to obtain information about intellectual functioning and an achievement tests to obtain information in the areas of reading, math, writing, and spelling. These tests will also provide information about the patient's relative strengths and weakness in different domains. If the patient is a child, the patient's guardian(s) will spend time filling out forms including a developmental history, questionnaires, and rating scales. After the initial evaluation a feedback session will be scheduled. During the feedback session the clinician will review the results of the assessment as well as make recommendations about how to proceed. Additionally a written report will be generated and copies will be given to the patient or the patient's guardians. The report will include a summary of the evaluation and specific recommendations for the patient.
  • Appointments: To schedule a Psychoeducational evaluation please call 315-464-3188 or email ADHD@upstate.edu with your contact information. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120

Treatments

Therapy: We currently offer individual cognitive behavior therapy for adolescents and adults only. Therapy sessions may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan and coupled with medication management. Therapy sessions may focus on skills to help the patient function more effectively at home, school, work, and with others.
  • Appointments: For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Kaitlin Hendricks at 315-464-3188. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120

ADHD Medication Management: We currently offer medication management services for children, adolescents, and adults in the ADHD program. Treatment is individualized and collaborative in nature. The patient is actively involved in their care. All adult/adolescent patients are required to undergo baseline labs and maybe an EKG unless they provide proof of the same done recently. This is done to provide the best standard of care and address any underlying medical issues. Medications management focuses on the ADHD symptoms as well as any other co-morbid psychiatric disorder. Certain patients may require additional referrals or consults.

There are currently two psychiatrists on staff, with experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. We also have a number of consultants available at our department for specialized areas of behavioral health treatment.

  • Appointments: For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 315-464-3188. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120

Research

The ADHD program at SUNY upstate conducts research studies on different aspects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These studies may create a better understanding of ADHD and how to treat it.

  • What to Expect: Participation is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop at any time. Specific procedures will be clearly explained before the beginning of the study. You will also be asked to sign a consent form which outlines all of the study specifications and expectations.
  • Time Requirements: Time requirements vary depending on the study. All time requirements will be clearly explained before the beginning of the study.

Current ADHD Research Studies

Contact Us:

For more information please call 315-464-3188 or email ADHD@upstate.edu. Please provide a phone number that is best to reach you at and information about what you are calling:

  • ADHD evaluation
  • Psychoeducational evaluation
  • Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Other

Care Guides and Patient Education

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) information / helpful resources:

For Parents

  • Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Cooper-Kahn, J. & Dietzel, L.
  • Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2008).
  • SOS Help for Parents, by Lynn Clark
  • Your Defiant Child, by Russell Barkley
  • Taking Charge of ADHD, by Russell Barkley
  • Surviving Your Adolescent, by Thomas Phelan
  • ADD Quick Tips: Practical ways to manage attention deficit disorder successfully, by Carla Crutsinger and Debra Moore
  • Parents and Adolescents Living Together Part 1: The Basics, by Gerald Patterson et al.
  • Parents and Adolescents Living Together Part 2: Family Problem Solving, by Gerald Patterson et al.
  • Parents' Survival Handbook, by Eugene Arnold
  • Helping Your Child Make Friends, by Rona Milch Novick

For Adults

  • Driven to Distraction, by Edward M. Hallowell and J. Ratey
  • You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy? by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo
  • The Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults Book (and workbook), by Lynn Weiss
  • ADD On the Job -- Making Your ADD Work for You, by Lynn Weiss
  • Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorders, by Jennifer Bramer
  • ADD in the Workplace -- Choices, Changes, and Challenges, by Kathleen Nadeau
  • ADD and Adults: Strategies for Success, from CHADD
  • The Down and Dirty Guide to Adult ADD, by Michael Gordon and Daniel McClure
  • Women with ADD, by Suri Solden
  • Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Coping Strategies for Adult ADHD, by Kevin Murphy and Suzanne Lever
  • Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD, by Kathleen Nadeau
  • ADD and the College Student, by P. Quinn

For Children

  • Putting on the Brakes, by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern
  • Jumping Johnny, by Michael Gordon
  • First Star I See, by Jaye Andras Caffrey
  • Zipper, by Caroline Janover
  • Slam Dunk, by Roberta Parker
  • ADHD Monitoring System, by David Rabiner
  • Eagle Eyes, by Jeanne Gehert
  • Otto Learns About His Medicine, by Matthew Galvin
  • Many Ways to Learn, by Judith Stern
  • How to do Homework Without Throwing Up, by Trevor Romain
  • The Don't Give Up Kid, by Jeanne Gehert
  • Keeping A Head in School: A Student's Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders, by Mel Levine
  • Full of Beans, by Chris Weaver
  • Trouble with School: A Family Story about Learning Disabilities, by Kathryn Dunn and Allison Dunn
  • What Do You Mean I Have A Learning Disability, by Kathleen Dwyer

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Organizations/Websites: Here is a list of organizations that provide information about different aspects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Billing Information

The following is a list of our in-network insurance providers:

  • Excellus
  • Medicare
  • MVP
  • UBH
  • Value Options
  • Total Care
  • POMCO
  • TRICARE
  • Child/Family Health Plus *through Excellus, United Health Care or Total Care only
  • RMSCO
  • Health Now

Prior to scheduling your appointment your insurance company will be contacted and you will be informed of your specific insurance benefits. Copays, deductibles, and the percentage of the evaluation covered by insurance will vary depending on your specific insurance plan. A comprehensive evaluation will cost approximately $400.00 dollars out of pocket. The cost of therapy sessions vary.