Hinshaw Receives Ruane Prize for ADHD Research

APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Stephen Hinshaw has received the 2019 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research for his work on the developmental psychopathology of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The Ruane Prize, awarded by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, is one of the most prestigious prizes for research on neuropsychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.

“It’s an incredible honor to receive this prize,” Hinshaw, a professor of child and adolescent psychology at the University of California’s San Francisco and Berkeley campuses, said in a statement. “I’ve devoted my career to the study of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders, featuring work at different levels of analysis. I hope to continue this work, along with advancing the essential goal of reducing mental illness stigma.”

Hinshaw has made transformative contributions to psychological science’s understanding of both biological and contextual risk factors and interventions for ADHD in girls and women. His Girls with ADHD Longitudinal Study (BGALS) has followed 140 individuals diagnosed with ADHD during childhood since the late 1990’s. This work has revealed the long-term trajectory of the disorder and its potential interventions, as well as the role of family influence, peer rejection, and early trauma.

Hinshaw is co-director of the UCSF-UC Berkeley Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center. He has authored more than 325 publications and 14 books, including Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness, an autobiographical look at the need to break the silence surrounding mental illness. He received the APS James McKeen Cattell Award in 2016 and currently serves on the Psychological Science in the Public Interest editorial board.

The Ruane Prize includes a $50,000 cash prize, which Hinshaw will receive at the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation’s International Awards Dinner November 1, 2019 in New York City.

Watch Hinshaw’s APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Address to learn more about his research on psychopathology.

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