Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Program

Kevin Antshel, PhD, Director
Contact: Bridget Hier at 315 464-3188 or email ADHD@upstate.edu
Location: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 713 Harrison Street
Directions: Located at the northeast corner of Harrison and Almond Streets, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Building is in the corner building located on the Hutchings Psychiatric Center campus.
Hours: Clinic hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

About US:

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.

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 Kaitlin Hendricks at 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 Kaitlin Hendricks at 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 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

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 contact Kaitlin Hendricks at 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.

Clinicians:

Kevin Antshel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
103 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Education and Clinical Training
BS: 1992, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D.: 2000, University of Kentucky
Internship: 2000, Boston University
Fellowship: 2002, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Specialty
Child Clinical Psychology, Certified: 2002
Clinical Interests
Pediatric/child clinical psychology, learning disorders, developmental neuropsychology, ADHD, Adult ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research Interests
Acquired/developmental learning disorders, childhood peer relations, brain: behavior relations, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Publications - link to PubMed

Rubina Ahmed, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
224 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Email:AhmedR@upstate.edu
Education and Clinical Training
M.D.: Dow Medical College Karachi, University of Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Clinical Specialty
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Department/Section Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Prashant Kaul, M.D.

Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Ph: 315-464-3110
Email: drprkaul@gmail.com
Education and Clinical Training
MBBS: Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
Graduate Studies: Sleep and Molecular Biology, University of Kentucky
Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Clinical Specialty:
General Psychiatry
Clinical Interests:
Adult ADHD
Sleep Disorders
Publications - link to : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2919439/

Consultants:

Thomas Schwartz, M.D.

Director, Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Clinic
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
116 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Ph: 315-464-3165
Email: SchwartT@upstate.edu
Education:
B.A.: 1991 Bucknell University
M.D.: 1995 SUNY Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse NY
Website:http://www.upstate.edu/research/faculty/index.php?EmpID=TZTZPxCh&Facname=Thomas+Schwartz&FacDept=Psychiatry+and+Behavioral+Sciences

Michael Gordon, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
127 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Ph: 315-464-3145
Email: GordonM@upstate.edu
Education:
Ph.D.: 1977 Ohio State University
Research Interests:
Identification and treatment of children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
301 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Ph: 315-464-3113
Email: FaraoneS@upstate.edu
Lab/Professional Web Site
Education
BA: 1978, SUNY Stony Brook
MA: 1980, University of Iowa
Ph.D.: 1982, University of Iowa
Postdoctoral Fellow: Brown University
Post Graduate Training: Brown University
Research Program and Department Affiliations
Center for Neuropsychiatric Genetics
Biomedical Sciences Program
Neuroscience and Physiology
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests
Psych. Genetics; ADHD and BP Disorder; Endophenotype. For more detail, see CV

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity

photo of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
Map & directions
Rm. 126
713 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210

Clinicians

About Us

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.

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 you 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Consultants:

Thomas Schwartz, MD

Director, Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Clinic
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
116 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Ph: 315-464-3165
Email: SchwartT@upstate.edu
Education:
BA: 1991 Bucknell University
MD: 1995 SUNY Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse NY

Michael Gordon, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
127 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Ph: 315-464-3145
Email: GordonM@upstate.edu
Education:
PhD: 1977 Ohio State University
Research Interests:
Identification and treatment of children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Stephen V. Faraone, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
301 713 Harrison Street
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Ph: 315-464-3113
Email: FaraoneS@upstate.edu
Lab/Professional Web Site
Education
BA: 1978, SUNY Stony Brook
MA: 1980, University of Iowa
PhD: 1982, University of Iowa
Postdoctoral Fellow: Brown University
Post Graduate Training: Brown University
Research Program and Department Affiliations
Center for Neuropsychiatric Genetics
Biomedical Sciences Program
Neuroscience and Physiology
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests
Psych. Genetics; ADHD and BP Disorder; Endophenotype. For more detail, see CV