Department of Psychology

Research

Another important function of the AD/HD Clinic is its research mission, the goal of which is to increase understanding of AD/HD and its management through clinical research.

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Federally Funded Research (recently completed)

  • North Carolina Genetics of AD/HD Project (NC GAP) – A 5-year project that examined the genetic basis of AD/HD, conducted in collaboration with the Center for Human Genetics and the ADHD Clinic at Duke University
  • Stimulant Medication Misuse & Abuse among College Students – A2-year project that examined college students’ perceptions of the use and misuse of stimulant medications on college campuses, conducted in collaboration with Dr. David Rabiner at Duke University

Graduate Student Research

The AD/HD Clinic has also served as a site through which unfunded, graduate student research has been completed. Over the past 15 years more than 30 doctoral dissertations, Master’s theses, and Honors theses have been conducted.

Several graduate student research projects are currently underway. Individuals interested in learning more about these projects should contact the student researcher listed for each project.

  • How do mothers and fathers rate disruptive behavior in children?

The purpose of this dissertation project is to determine if there are differences in the ways that mothers and fathers view disruptive behaviors in children. Parents of any child between 6 and 11 years of age are eligible to participate. It is not necessary for the child to have AD/HD or any other problematic behaviors. This project is being conducted by Jennifer L. Sommer, M.A. (jlsommer@uncg.edu; 336-346-3196, x304).

  • Are parents of children with AD/HD more depressed than other parents?

The purpose of this dissertation project is to determine whether parents of children with AD/HD experience more depression than do other parents. Parents of children with AD/HD and parents of children who do not have AD/HD are eligible to participate. Children must be between 6 and 12 years of age. This project is being conducted by Nicole Schatz, M.A. (nkschatz@uncg.edu; 336-346-3196, x701).

  • What causes AD/HD?

The purpose of this dissertation project is to better understand genetic and environmental causes of AD/HD. Youth from the North Carolina Genetics of AD/HD Project (NCGAP) are eligible to participate. This project is being conducted by Taylor Smith (336-346-3196, x707).

  • Problematic behaviors and emotional reactions in adolescents

The purpose of this thesis project is to examine how distinct symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are from symptoms of AD/HD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Parents of any adolescent between 13 and 17 years of age are eligible to participate. It is not necessary for the adolescent to be displaying problematic behavior or emotional reactions. This project is being conducted by Allison Coville Bray (alcovill@uncg.edu; 336-346-3196, x306).

  • Why do some children with AD/HD also have anxiety?

The purpose of this thesis project is to better understand why it is that some children with AD/HD also have symptoms of anxiety. Children with AD/HD between 8 and 15 years of age and their parents are eligible to participate. This project is being conducted by Sarah O’Rourke (srorourk@uncg.edu, 336-346-3196, x704).

Previously completed dissertation and thesis projects have asked:

  • Are the DSM-IV symptom descriptions for AD/HD appropriate for girls?
  • Are the diagnostic criteria for AD/HD appropriate for adults?
  • Does taking stimulant medication improve IQ test performance?
  • How does AD/HD impact adult memory during a learning task, and which learning contexts and strategies work best for adults with AD/HD?
  • Do AD/HD symptoms increase the risk for teen pregnancy and risky sexual behavior?
  • Why do some mothers of children with AD/HD experience stress and depression?
  • Why do some children with AD/HD develop secondary depression?
  • Why do some children with AD/HD develop secondary oppositional-defiant behavior?
  • Are teens with AD/HD at increased risk for substance use?
  • What happens to parent-child relations when both the parent and the child have AD/HD?
  • Does maternal AD/HD affect language acquisition for a child with AD/HD?
  • How does AD/HD affect functioning in African-American families?
  • Why do African-American youth receive higher AD/HD ratings from teachers?

Undergraduate Student Research

Another 35-40 undergraduate students have received research training through independent study. Two additional undergraduates have done AD/HD-related Honors theses examining:

  • Parenting stress among mothers and fathers of children with AD/HD
  • AD/HD and IQ