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Childhood Hyperactivity: New Research

Presented by:

Judith L. Rapoport, M.D.

Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch

National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Judith Rapoport has concentrated her research on several aspects of child psychiatry, including diagnosis, childhood hyperactivity, pediatric psychopharmacology, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Her current research on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has focused on normal and abnormal brain development.

Dr. Rapoport received her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her medical degree in 1959 from Harvard Medical School. She completed her clinical training at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston, and at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rapoport received her research training at the Laboratory of Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Dr. Rapoport was named chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health in 1984. In addition to her research at NIH, she is also a professor of psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine, and a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown Unversity Medical School.

Dr. Rapoport is currently president of the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) and is a member of a number of national committees and scientific advisory committees including the Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and the National Anxiety Foundation.

Dr. Rapoport has authored and coauthored three professional books and over two hundred research journal articles. She also serves on the editorial board of Advances in Clinical Child Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, among others.

Among her many honors are several awards including the G. Burroughs Mider Lecture, NIH, in 1993, the American Psychiatric Association Award for Research in 1992, the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 1991, and the NIMH Director's Award in 1990.


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