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Fellowship to participate in "Children and Mental Illness: What Do We Really Know? A Colloquium on Coverage That Makes A Difference," Oct. 3-5, 2003
oticing the explosion in diagnoses of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder among children and teenagers, I yearned to find out more about the safety of Ritalin and other prescription drugs on developing minds. I applied for and received a fellowship to participate in this colloquium at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where experts and journalists discussed the latest findings in children's mental health and the responsibility of the press in reporting on these issues. I have always been drawn to stories relating to psychology and psychiatry, and this conference uncovered unique story angles and tips on how to sensitively yet objectively report on scientific findings for the good of parents, children and doctors.

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