The Working Group on Psychoactive Medications for Children and Adolescents, chaired by Ronald T. Brown, PhD, an expert in pediatric psychology and dean of Temple University's College of Health Professions, will review the scientific literature in the area. The group, established by APA's Board of Directors in March, housed in APA's Public Interest Directorate and appointed by APA President Diane Halpern, PhD, met for the first time Nov. 19-21 and will continue their work in 2005.
"The bottom line is there's more use of psychotropic medication with children than there is research data on it," says Brown, author of several books on the topic, including one in progress, "Medications for Children: A Guide for the Practitioner" (Guilford Press). "Our purpose is to come up with the state of the art about what is known and to advocate for the best interests of the child."
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