Are you the parent of a healthy infant 7-10 months old? Do you have, or do you believe that you have, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)? If so, you and your child may be able to take part in a research study examining attention in infants. Compensation provided.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which a person has trouble paying attention and focusing on tasks, seems to act without thinking, and has trouble sitting still. The exact cause is not clear, but ADHD tends to run in families. Without treatment, ADHD can cause problems with relationships at home, school, and work.
The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn if infants born to parents with ADHD have differences in attention compared to infants of parents without ADHD. Researchers hope to gain knowledge about when and how ADHD develops. Findings may lead to earlier and better ways to identify and treat ADHD in the future.
• Ages 7-10 months and:
- Was born after 38 weeks gestation
- Did not have low birth weight
- Was not exposed to prenatal substance use
- Does not have visual impairment
• Biological parent:
- Diagnosed with ADHD or believes they may have ADHD (not formally diagnosed)
- No diagnosis of moderate or severe intellectual disability, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, or depression
Participation includes 1 in-home visit and 1 visit to the Carnegie Mellon University’s Infant Language and Learning Lab. Total time involved is about 3-4 hours.
During the in-home visit, the researcher will videotape your child as he or she plays with you and engages in everyday activities. You will also be asked questions about your background and your child’s birth and development.
During the lab visit, your child will complete a 10 minute attention task while sitting on your lap and looking at a video monitor. Shapes will appear, disappear, and move on a screen. You and your child will be able to take breaks at any time.
PARIS Study – Parents with ADHD (Adults) [Adult] (PRO17030328A)
PARIS Study – Parents without ADHD (Adults) [Adult] (PRO17030328B)
PARIS Study – Parents without ADHD (Infants) [Pediatric] (PRO17030328D)
DURATION: 3-4 hours
VISITS: 2 visits
Carnegie Mellon University – Oakland
Heather Joseph, DO, is a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of Pittsburgh where she completed her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Her research interests identification of early signals of risk for the development of neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her long-term goal is to aid in the development of early interventions to prevent familial transmission of ADHD.