Current Studies

Opportunity to participate in ADHD research

If your child is between the ages of 7-13 years and diagnosed with ADHD, we’d like to invite you to contact us to learn more and possibly schedule your child for the study.

This study is funded by the United States Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Sciences and is approved by the University of Michigan’s Institutional Review Board to examine cognitive and motivational interventions for children with ADHD. Children will be randomly assigned to participate in one of two conditions that will each teach somewhat different skills, so that children in each group may benefit but we can still test the efficacy of each condition. In prior work, we and others have found that similar approaches can improve children’s motivation to learn and persist on difficult activities, as well as increase their attention, working memory, study skills, and vocabulary. While we cannot know for certain how much each individual child will benefit from the study, we hope that this research will help us learn how to improve these skills in ADHD children.

The study includes 24 sessions over a 6-8 week period. Eight sessions will be completed at the University of Michigan and will last between 60-90 minutes each. Of these on-campus sessions, six sessions will be held in small groups of 3-4 children. The sessions at University of Michigan will take place approximately once per week. In addition, the child will complete a total of 16 short (15-minute) sessions at home, four per week. In addition to the cognitive and motivational skills training, children will earn token prizes throughout the course of the study and will receive monetary compensation at the completion of the study. We have begun scheduling groups of children and will have several scheduling options available.

If you are interested in having your child participate our research, please contact us. Our email address is and our laboratory phone number is (734)-647-6250.