|The People Behind the TeenScreen ProgramThis page will provide background information on the various people behind Columbia University's TeenScreen program, whose goal is to screen every school-age child in the U.S. for mental health — which means hundreds of thousands of kids popping antidepressants and related drugs daily.|
For information on the creator of TeenScreen, TeenScreen's Directors, and the Chairman of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, see below.
Click here for TeenScreen's Advisory Board Members and their connections to pharmaceutical companies.
David Shaffer was the head and driving force behind the development of the computerized screening tool that TeenScreen employs, the "Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children" (also known as DISC). Following this he helped to devise a shorter computerized version that is easier to use in schools, the "Diagnostic Predictive Scales" (DPS), and a paper and pencil version of the screening tool, the "Columbia Health Screen" (CHS). For more information on the development of the screening tools and how they are used to label children with normal childhood reactions as "mentally ill" and funnel them into the psychiatric / pharmaceutical system, click here.
Shaffer’s Ties to the Pharmaceutical IndustryShaffer has known connections to the pharmaceutical industry. He has been a consultant to Hoffman la Roche, Wyeth, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer. Hisresume (see page 21 of this report) includes serving as an expert witness to several drug companies and as a paid consultant on psychotropic drugs.
Shaffer is the past president of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and currently on their board of directors. AFSP is an organization with known pharmaceutical ties. For example, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc., Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, all have members on AFSP’s board. Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. has provided at least$1,250,000 in the AFSP’s effort to build up a $5 million research fund and Pfizer Inc. has contributed funding for surveys.
The following corporations have provided funding for different conferences held by Shaffer’s AFSP:
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