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January 4, 2009

AWARD: UB professor and town resident one of 67 young scientists honored.

When Gregory Fabiano was a graduate student at the University at Buffalo, he noticed that dads weren't as involved as the moms were in a program UB was doing to help students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Fabiano felt the dads weren't coming because the setting wasn't a lucrative one.

So Fabiano decided to introduce something fathers would take greater interest in. He helped create a Little League soccer club that taught the kids soccer skills while teaching the dads how to help their children in school and social settings.

Now, Fabiano and his colleagues in UB's Center for Children and Families are using a driving simulator to show ADHD teens — the most at-risk group of drivers — exactly how distractions such as cell phones and text messaging can severely impact their driving skills.

It's that kind of innovative and promising research that landed the Town of Tonawanda resident a prestigious award that included a trip to the White House and a photo-op with President Bush last month. Fabiano, 32, was one of 67 researchers from around the country to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which recognizes the most promising American researchers in their fields.

Fabiano's work centers largely on children with ADHD. He began training in UB's Center for Children and Families in 1998 and graduated from UB in 2005. He was immediately offered a position in the school psychology program. Fabiano talked with News about his research and the award for this week's Q&A.;

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QUESTION: What research have you done on ADHD thus far in your career?

ANSWER: The main lines of research that I've been working on include the best ways to work with parents dealing with a child that has difficult to manage behaviors — and in particular — one group is fathers with kids who have ADHD.

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