Olin Center | Child & Adolescent ADHD Study

This child and adolescent Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) study seeks to better understand ADHD brain function by using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

The Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at The Institute of Living was founded in 2001. The Center faculty conduct research that aims at understanding the causes and improving treatment for psychiatric disorders. There are many large-scale studies of adolescent/young adult alcohol abuse and other substance disorders, psychosis in schizophrenia and bipolar illness, AD/HD, autism, and OCD/Compulsive Hoarding.

Who can participate?

  • Teenagers, age 9-18 with ADHD
  • Teenagers, age 9-18, who are free of major health or psychological provlems

What things will I do if I participate?

Qualified participants will complete:

  • an interview with trained staff
  • neuropsychological testing, which consists of tests that measure cognitive abilities
  • questionnaires about a variety of things, including the participant’s thoughts
  • a safe and non-invasive fMRI scan

These activities may take 4-5 hours and can be scheduled over several visits. All information is kept strictly confidential, with one exception. Staff will tell parents or another health professional if they learn that the participant is in any danger of physically harming himself/herself or others.

What do I get out of this?

Participants will help us advance our understanding of brain function in children and teenagers with and without ADHD. Participants are given $20 an hour for the time that they participate. Also, a participant can request a CD-ROM with pictures of his or her brain after the fMRI scan.

Want to learn more about ADHD?

Here are some helpful links:

To participate or for more information:
If you would like more information about this study, please contact Katie at 860.545.7531 or email her at Katie.Bessette@hhchealth.org. Our staff will answer any questions or concerns you may have and can help determine eligibility for this study.

Who is in charge?

Michael C. Stevens, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuroscience & Development Laboratory
Director, Child & Adolescent Research, The Institute of Living
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

Godfrey Pearlson, M.D.
Director, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine