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Richard Gallagher, PhD
Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry
Director of Special Projects, Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders
Richard Gallagher, ...
Richard Gallagher, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
...Dr. Gallagher, a child and adolescent psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center, has a national reputation in the treatment of children with Selective Mutism and with deficits in organizational skills, and extensive experience working with children with ADHD and anxiety disorders.He is a much sought-after expert in child development and parenting issues and is the Director of the Parenting Institute at the CSC.He
has written and published extensively about parenting and is frequently quoted by the news media.He
has also designed and evaluated parent education programs such as Thriving Teens, a program to help prevent smoking and substance abuse in young teens.Dr. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine.He
served as Co-Investigator on a treatment development grant from the National Institute of Mental Health
for an organizational skills intervention for Attention Deficit Disorders/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) children and continues to investigate the neuropsychological profile of childhood ADHD. Dr. Gallagher received his B.A. with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Rochester, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University.He
studied neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment at Teachers College, Columbia University
on a postdoctoral basis.Dr. Gallagher
also completed a National Institute of Mental Health
postdoctoral fellowship at the Human Development and Personality Institute of the Educational Testing Service
.Prior to joining the NYU Child Study Center, Dr. Gallagher worked at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.He was responsible for starting specialty internship tracts in child and adolescent psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and NYU-Bellevue.Dr. Gallagher is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and the New York Neuropsychology Group.He is an Ad-Hoc Reviewer for Cognitive and Behavior Therapy Practice and the Journal of Attention Disorders.He
has been published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
, the Journal of Individual Psychology
, Child Psychiatric Clinics
of North America, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
In the News
Birth Order's Effect on IQDr. Richard Gallagher
appeared on the CBS Evening News
with Katie Couric to discuss a new study that shows that the eldest children in families tend to develop higher IQs than their younger siblings. (June 22, 2007)
...Dr. Richard Gallagher
spoke to The New York Times
about the impact of celebrity gossip on tweens.He
advises that the gossip culture may be harmful, and that there may be a delayed effect on tweens' behavior.Dr. Gallagher
suggests that parents discuss celebrity misbehavior with their children in order to help kids digest the information more effectively. (May 27, 2007)
...Dr. Richard Gallagher
spoke to the Washington Square News
about underage teenage drinking, emphasizing that parents are the biggest influence on their children. (April 19, 2007)
How to Turn Kids Into Fans Dr. Richard Gallagher
spoke to the New York Post
about positive ways parents can encourage their kids to root for their favorite sports team. (March 29, 2007)
Those Rats Also Known As TeenagersDr. Richard Gallagher
spoke to the New York Sun
about a new study showing that during puberty, the brain actually reacts differently to stress.Dr. Gallagher
said that teenagers tend to become more reasonable about many things around 16, and early adolescence is when teenagers are likely to be highly emotional. (March 16, 2007)
Influence Female Celebrities Have on Young GirlsDr. Richard Gallagher
appeared on WNBC's News 4
You to talk about the impact the antics of female celebrities can have on young girls.Dr. Gallagher
said that parents should encourage girls to look to someone they know as a role model, such as a parent, teacher, or family friend. (March 14, 2007)
Disciplining Other People's Kids: Scolding Your Own Children is One Thing, But What if the Little Brats Aren't Yours?Dr. Richard Gallagher
spoke to Newsday
about the social taboos of disciplining other people's children.Dr. Gallagher
said what many people don't realize is that it is actually helpful for kids.It helps them to recognize community standards and that they are not independent of other people around them. (March 4, 2007)
The BlackBerry GenerationDr. Richard Gallagher, Ph.D., appeared on WNBC's Live at 5:00 to discuss the BlackBerry generation and the effect of parents' constant use of a BlackBerry on their children. (February 22, 2007)
Tantrums on a Plane: Dealing With A Wild ChildDr. Richard Gallagher
appeared on CNN Headline News Primetime (Windows Media file) to discuss a recent news story about a family being thrown off of an airplane because their three-year-old child had a severe tantrum.Dr. Gallagher
offered tips to parents for dealing with similar situations. (January 25, 2007)
Barons Before BedtimeDr. Richard Gallagher
was quoted by the New York Times
in an article on entrepreneurial teens.Dr. Gallagher
said that while being financially savvy can have positive value for kids, parents should stay involved in the decision of what this new "luxury" money goes toward. (January 25, 2007)
Parental Action Limits Teen DrinkingIn response to a new report from the CDC
showing that a high percentage of teenagers report binge drinking (having more than 5 or more alcoholic drinks in a row), Dr. Richard Gallagher
said that parents remain the greatest influence over their children's behavior.Dr Gallagher
provided parents with tips for using that influence to reduce the likelihood that their child will engage in binge drinking, as reported by United Press International
(UPI). (January 5, 2007)
Study Reveals Guidelines for Preventing, Treating HomesicknessDr. Richard Gallagher
was quoted by the Associated Press
on a new study in the journal Pediatrics
that offers tips to physicians for recognizing homesickness in patients who are away from home for the first time.Dr. Gallagher
said that the study offered a "sound plan" for physicians and parents who want to help their children develop coping strategies. (January 2, 2007)
Making Art for the Little OnesDr. Richard Gallagher
commented on the therapeutic value of coloring books in a New York Sun
article about response to "Between the Lines", a coloring book from the non-profit RxArt
featuring drawings by contemporary artists. (December 8, 2006)
Underage DrinkingDr. Richard Gallagher
appeared on WNBC's Live at Five to offer advice for parents to help curb underage drinking, such as setting firm rules and reinforcing expectations. (November 21, 2006) Inner-City Montessori School
Creates Model CitizensDr. Richard Gallagher
speaks to HealthDay about a new study on the differences between inner-city children who attended Montessori schools and those who attended public schools. (September 28, 2006)
Road Trips With Kids, Without GizmosDr. Richard Gallagher
advises parents that road trips without electronics can be beneficial for children's social development on the CBS Early Show. (July 31, 2006)
Risky BehaviorsDr. Richard Gallagher helps to raise awareness about the consequences of risky behaviors among teens on this White House podcast. (March 6, 2006)
The Impact of Violent VideogamesDr. Richard Gallagher answers questions about the effect violent video games might have on children's behavior in an interview with IGN.com, an Internet media provider focused on videogames. (March 1, 2006)
Rules and Routines: Are We Over-Programming Our Children?Dr. Richard Gallagher
advises parents on Babyzone
that keeping kids in too strict of a routine can lead to poor problem-solving skills. (November 2004)
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Richard is the Director of Special Projects at the Institute of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders at the New York University Child Study Center and a much sought-after expert in child development and parenting issues.
He is also Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center.
has a national reputation in the treatment of children with Selective Mutism and with deficits in organizational skills, and has extensive experience working with children with ADHD and anxiety disorders.
has written and published numerous articles about parenting and is frequently quoted by the news media.
has also designed and evaluated parent education programs such as Thriving Teens, a program to help prevent smoking and substance abuse in young teens.
Dr. Gallagher has served as consultant for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Target Foundation, and the Liz Claiborne Foundation's effort on teen relationship violence.
"To me it's a tremendous loss ...
"To me it's a tremendous loss for the coaching profession," said Dick Gallagher, editor of Western New York High School Sports.
"Look at his success ... and his leadership in turning around the Southwestern program. ...
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Sports often provide a solid foundation for young people who may otherwise choose a more destructive path in life.
background in the battle against drug and alcohol abuse (especially in teens), no one in the Western New York understands that concept better than Dick Gallagher
, who has devoted over twenty years to the advancement and celebration of high school sports as a positive influence in the lives of area teenagers.
An understanding of Gallagher's professional experience is critical to understanding his
involvement with the promotion of youth sports.
After obtaining a Master's degree in Social Work at UB in 1969, Dick was appointed Director of Rehabilitation Services for the Buffalo Area Council on Alcoholism in 1970.
A stint as Executive Director of that body followed, as well as service as Executive Director of the New York State Council on Alcoholism
Since 1984, Dick has been Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services, Inc. as well as Executive Director of its namesake foundation, which for 15 years has sponsored and spearheaded the Kids Escaping Drugs program and highly successful annual telethon.
crowning achievement in those roles is Renaissance House, a 30-bed teen treatment facility opened in 1990.
As a first-had witness to young lives shattered and shortened by substance abuse, Gallagher
realized the critical role of sports in molding young lives and avoiding these tragedies.
In 1983, Dick founded Western New York High School Sports, a publication focusing on local high school football.
He also established the Western New York High School All-Academic Team to annually honor the accomplishments of over 300 local scholar-athletes in several sports including baseball, softball, football and basketball.
In 1987, Dick
organized the All-Academic Sports Banquet, now a fixture on the local sports scene.
A true hands-on administrator, Dick knows only one way to approach a task; by rolling up his
sleeves and diving in.
That philosophy has marked his
involvement as President of the Joe McCarthy Baseball League
(1981-82), as a founding member of the Erie Community College
Football Committee, as a director of the Jerry Butler Athletes in Action Football Camp, and as a member of the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship
A colleague once remarked, in reference to Gallagher
, "In every young person there is potential.
This is one man who won't rest until he
has been honored with countless community awards for his
work, and tonight achieves further recognition with induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
would be the first to admit that his
efforts are not for personal glory, but for the kids.