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January 29th, 2009
Lecture to address meds for children


Issues surrounding pharmacotherapy for children will be the topic of an upcoming lecture to be put on by the Texas State University Educational Administration and Psychological Services Department.

Tom Kubiszyn, professor and director of training, School of Psychology, University of Houston, will discuss the practice of prescribing medication to treat emotional and behavioral problems in children, a controversial topic which has become more prevalent in recent years.

The lecture will be held 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 13, in Lampasas Hall room 100.

“Over the past several years, medical professionals have been increasingly prescribing medications to children to treat depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, hyperactive disorder, and other problems,” said Jon Lasser, associate professor of psychology at Texas State. “Questions have been raised about the safety of these medications and possible side effects.”

Kubiszyn is involved in the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology (Division 16), has contributed a significant amount of literature and study to the field of psychology and education, and is highly regarded as an expert in the study of pharmacotherapy for children.

For more information about the event, contact Jon Lasser at (512) 245-3413 or email

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