Paula D. Riggs, M.D., Receives AACAP Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research on Attention-Deficit Disorder

Reports award-winning article in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Washington D.C., October 29, 2012 – The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to announce Paula D. Riggs, M.D., Director, Division of Substance Dependence, University of Colorado–Denver, as the AACAP Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research on Attention-Deficit Disorder recipient for her paper, "Randomized Controlled Trial of Osmotic-Release Methylphenidate With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Adolescents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Use Disorders," published in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and online at www.jaacap.org.1

The AACAP Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research on Attention-Deficit Disorder was established through support of the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Fund in 1994. The award of $5,000 is given annually for the best paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on attention-deficit disorder, written by a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and published between July 2010 and June 2011. This award is named in memory of Dr. Owen Lewis's late mother, Elaine Schlosser Lewis, who was a teacher and advocate on behalf of children.

The researchers compared osmotic-release methylphenidate (OROS-MPH) and placebo in 303 participants, aged 13-18, who met DSM-IV criteria for ADHD and substance abuse disorder (SUD), and who were concurrently receiving cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for SUD. The study found that OROS-MPH was not more effective than placebo for ADHD or on reduction in substance use among the adolescents, but was associated with modest clinical improvement on secondary ADHD and substance treatment outcomes, such as problem-solving and managing drug/alcohol temptations.

The researchers address questions such as the reliability of the assessments and of using multiple informants, the adolescents’ medication compliance, and whether or not the efficacy of OROS-MPH was compromised by the participants’ use of drugs/alcohol. The authors highlight the need for future studies to address the effect of CBT for SUD in the context of ADHD, and to determine the most effective methods of evaluating ADHD treatment outcomes and of assessing adolescents with co-occuring disorders.

Dr. Riggs presented "Randomized Controlled Trial of Osmotic-Release Methylphenidate With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Adolescents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Use Disorders," at AACAP's 59th Annual Meeting, October 26, 2012, in San Francisco.

References:
1. Riggs PD, Winhusen T, Davies RD et al. Quality of Care for Childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in a Managed Care Medicaid Program. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 2011; 50(9): 903-914.

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