Consistent with NIMH Strategic Objective #3, the proposed project seeks to translate clinical neuropsychological findings regarding underlying impairments in children with ADHD into "new and better interventions that incorporate the diverse needs and circumstances" of these children (NIMH, 2008). Specifically, the goal of the core study is to develop a central executive training (CET) intervention for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and examine its feasibility, acceptability, engagement, and usability. This will involve early developmental work on software and treatment manuals followed by evaluation of the feasibility of enrolling, retaining, and treating ADHD children with CET. An evidence-informed intervention targeting central executive functioning in children with ADHD has the potential to result in clinically significant improvements in ADHD symptoms relative to extant behavioral treatments and capacity-based (short-term memory) training interventions. The long-term goal is to develop an efficacious and acceptable CET intervention with the potential for generalized improvements in, or normalization of, ADHD-related impairments in peer, family, and academic functioning.

Public Health Relevance

Consistent with NIMH Strategic Objective #3, the proposed project seeks to translate clinical neuropsychological findings into new and better interventions that incorporate the diverse needs and circumstances of children with ADHD. Toward this end, the goal of the current project is to develop and assess the feasibility, acceptability, engagement, and usability of a novel, central executive (CE) working memory training intervention. Drawing on advances in cognitive and clinical science, behavioral methods, and serious games research, an evidence-informed intervention targeting CE functioning in children with ADHD has the potential to result in clinically significant improvements in ADHD behavioral, interpersonal, and functional impairments relative to extant behavioral treatments and capacity-based (short-term memory) training interventions.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Type
Planning Grant (R34)
Project #
1R34MH102499-01A1
Application #
8768905
Study Section
Interventions Committee for Disorders Involving Children and Their Families (ITVC)
Program Officer
Avenevoli, Shelli A
Project Start
2014-08-07
Project End
2017-07-31
Budget Start
2014-08-07
Budget End
2015-07-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$228,000
Indirect Cost
$78,000
Name
Florida State University
Department
Psychology
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
790877419
City
Tallahassee
State
FL
Country
United States
Zip Code
32306