Richard M. Scheffler, Ph.D.

Director of the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research
Director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare
Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley
Email: rscheff@berkeley.edu Discipline: Public Policy, Economics Expertise: Politics and Policymaking, Public and Population Health, Health Economics, Healthcare Management

Investigator Award
ADHD Medication in America: Society, Schools, and Public Policy
Award Year: 2008 Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects over 4 million children in the United States. The disorder inhibits academic achievement and the development of social relationships, life skills, and independence. Yet the causes of ADHD and its diagnosis and treatment remain mired in controversy. Co-PIs Richard M. Scheffler, Ph.D. and Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D. examine clinical and policy issues surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Their project, ADHD Medication in America: Society, Schools, and Public Policy, considers ADHD's biological basis and risk factors; market influences on diagnosis and medication rates; prevalence and treatment disparities; the impact of relevant federal and state laws on schools, children, and their parents; and the cost effectiveness of treatment options. Drs. Scheffler and Hinshaw will produce evidence-based policy recommendations for reducing diagnostic and treatment disparities, for improving access to effective treatments, and for increasing use of the most cost-effective treatments. Their research findings should inform policy debates and expand our understanding of how to treat children with ADHD more effectively and improve their quality of life.

Background

Richard M. Scheffler is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds the chair in Healthcare Markets & Consumer Welfare endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California. Professor Scheffler is director of the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research as well as director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. He has been a Rockefeller and a Fulbright Scholar, and served as president of the International Health Economists Association 4th Congress in 2004. Professor Scheffler has published over 150 papers and edited and written six books, including his most recent book, Is There a Doctor in the House? Market Signals and Tomorrow's Supply of Doctors, published by Stanford University Press, September 2008.