Academic Fluency and Differential Diagnosis
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (October 2006)

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

We’re very happy to announce that our original research poster examining the connection between fluency (a type of processing speed) and ADHD has been accepted by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). This acceptance means that we will display and answer questions about our research poster—entitled Academic Fluency and Differential Diagnosis—at the AACAP Annual Meeting in San Diego in October 2006.

The AACAP Annual Meeting is the world’s largest annual scientific and educational gathering of child and adolescent psychiatrists. Over 3,000 mental health professionals attend the conference each year, which features scientific/educational sessions, and scientific poster presentations.

This is the second consecutive year that our original research has been selected for the AACAP Annual Meeting, but this year’s achievement was made even more special by contributions of James Swanson, Ph.D., Casey Dorman, Ph.D., and Steve Brown, Ph.D. We were all honored by the participation of Dr. Swanson, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher in the field of ADHD. His participation in this project was enormously validating and reinforced our belief that we were on the right track. For the second straight year, Dr. Dorman was an integral part of our research effort. He has been our invaluable mentor since our graduate school days. Dr. Brown provided crucial and timely statistical expertise in serving as the psychometrician in our research. This research truly was a team effort and epitomized the collegiality that makes this type of project so meaningful.

Ultimately the credit for our achievements goes to the children and families with whom we work. Our passion for research is fueled by our desire to stay current and cutting edge in our work. We feel honored by the trust families place in us when allowing us to work with their children and our desire to advance our knowledge in the field is part of the responsibility we feel. We want to sincerely thank you for your support.

Warm Regards,
Shirin Ansari
Gregory Koch

52nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2005)

Dr. Shirin Ansari and Dr. Gregory Koch, were proud to be invited by the Board of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to present their research findings “Reading Disability and Phonemic Awareness” during the 52nd Annual Meeting this October, 2005. For information on this topic, email us at

Their conclusions, based in part on doctoral research by Dr. Ansari, question long-held assumptions about reading acquisition. Their findings and clinical observations may be useful to clinicians working with both children and adults with learning and/or attentional difficulties.

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