Dr. James McGough has received the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Memorial Award for Research on Attention Deficit Disorders from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. McGough is co-director of the ADHD Clinic at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

The $5,000 award is given annually to a child and adolescent psychiatrist who wrote the best paper on attention deficit disorder published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

McGough received the award in recognition of the research paper, “Double-Blind, Sham-Controlled, Pilot Study of Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (TNS) for ADHD,” which was published in April. The study found that trigeminal nerve stimulation is an effective treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Trigeminal nerve stimulation works by delivering gentle electrical pulses through the forehead to the trigeminal nerve, which transports sensation from the face and head to the brain, and indirectly leads to stimulation of multiple brain regions.

“I appreciate all the generous support the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Fund has provided to further advancements in ADHD,” McGough said. “We were very excited to have demonstrated that TNS appears to be as effective in controlling ADHD symptoms as nonstimulant ADHD medications. It was particularly interesting to demonstrate actual changes in brain activity that relate specifically to behavioral improvements.”

McGough presented his paper at the academy’s 66th Annual Meeting Oct. 17 in Chicago.