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About Dr. Silver


Dr. Silver, a Child Adolescent Psychiatrist, is in the private practice in the Washington, D.C. area. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Prior to his current activities he was Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Prior to his position at the National Institute of Mental Health he was Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Pediatrics, and Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.

For more than thirty years his primary areas of research, clinical, and teaching interest have focused on the psychological, social, and family impact of a group of related, neurologically-based disorders – Learning Disabilities, Language Disabilities, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

He has more than 150 publications, including his popular book, The Misunderstood Child: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities now in its Third Edition. His other books include, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: a Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment for Health and Mental Health Professionals in its Third Edition and Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in its Second Edition.

His two most recent books are co-edited by Dr. Frank Kline and are intended for general education teachers. Each is published by Brookes Publishing Company: The Educator's Guide to Medical Issues in the Classroom (2001) and The Educator's Guide to Mental Health Issues in the Classroom (2004).

He is active with the Learning Disabilities Association of America and is a Past-President of this organization. In 1992 he received this Association's highest award, The Learning Disability Association Award, for outstanding leadership in the field of Learning Disabilities. In 1996 he received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Berman Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the study and treatment of Learning Disabilities.


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