Current Research Projects

Social Relationships in Children with ADHD

This study seeks to learn more about social relationships in children with ADHD, like how they make friends and get along with peers, teachers, and parents. In particular, we are investigating a variety of risk or protective factors which may contribute to resilient social functioning.

ADHD Research Database

A research database is a way to collect and organize information so that it can be used in the future for research. The information will increase our understanding of the complex nature of ADHD and the clinical outcomes of children, youth, and families that are seen in our clinic. In particular, the research database will help determine the factors that contribute to the multiple and significant difficulties that families face.

Mindful Behavioural Parent Training

This study compares the effectiveness of standard behavioral parent training (BPT) and mindfulness-enhanced parent training. BPT is an evidence-based intervention that teaches parenting strategies to manage child behaviour problems. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing attention on the present moment in an open and accepting way. This study will integrate mindfulness into BPT to examine parent and child outcomes of the enhancement. In particular, this study will test the links between various parenting factors (e.g., child management practices) and the emotional and behavioural well-being of parents and children.

ALERT for sensorimotor regulation

This study examines the effectiveness of the ALERT Program specifically for children with ADHD and sensory processing difficulties. The program was developed by occupational therapists to help children learn self-regulation, or the ability to change how alert one feels. In particular, this study looks at how well children with ADHD are able to learn and use self-regulation strategies, and the effects on their attention and daily functioning.

Chinese ADHD Literacy

It is well documented that ethnic minority families are much less likely to seek mental health services due, in part, to cultural attitudes about mental illness. As a first step, our goal is to assess the current knowledge, treatment attitudes, and perceived stigma about ADHD among a community-sample of Chinese-immigrant parents, and to evaluate the efficacy of an existing ADHD information resource to improve their ADHD health literacy in comparison to Caucasian parents.