ADHD Research Studies

CADDAC does not in any way favour or promote any of these studies or surveys, or endorse any programs or information that they may distribute; we simply list those that we come across in our resources.

We do believe that participating in research and surveys support awareness and education about ADHD, and are an excellent way to help ensure the best outcome for those lives affected by ADHD. However, CADDAC has not verified the quality of any of these individuals, programs, or the credentials of their research staff. We strongly encourage you to contact them and ask questions regarding their studies.

We ask that if you are seeking participants for a research study or survey, please supply us with the information and we will be very happy to add it to our list. The format is as follows:

Name of Study
Purpose of Research
Who Can Participate?
What is involved?
Location of Study
How Can I Join This Study?
Contact Information

Please be aware that we rely on the research coordinators to update us as to whether or not their studies or surveys have ended. If the information is out-of-date, it is because we have yet to be notified. We do our best to maintain an up-to-date listing given this limitation. If you have updates, please contact us and we will update when possible.


Name of Study

Understanding impulsivity and motor activity in children with and without ADHD

Purpose of Study

Many children experience difficulties with impulsivity and motor activity, which interfere with their ability to focus, self-regulate, and achieve goals. We are seeking children, ages 6 to 13 years with a diagnosis of ADHD, and children who do not have ADHD or any other known neurological or learning difficulties. Our study will provide a better understanding of impulsivity and motor activity in children to help inform the challenges faced by children with ADHD, and to provide more effective services/treatments. This study has been approved by the University of Victoria Human Ethics Committee and is being conducted through the Psychology Department at the University of Victoria.

Who Can Participate?
We are looking for children and adolescents who:
1. have been diagnosed with ADHD
2. are between the ages of 6 and 13 years
3. live in the greater Victoria, BC area

What is involved?

  1. An initial phone interview with our research team to determine eligibility and discuss what is involved with participation.
  2. Bringing your child to our lab at the University of Victoria for approximately 2.5 hours to complete a series of paper-pencil and computerized cognitive tasks.
  3. Completing a brief interview and rating forms regarding your child’s behaviour (approximately 1 hour in total).
  4. Parents and children will each be compensated $10 for their participation and children will be entered into a draw for an iPad mini. Parking costs will also be compensated.
  5. Children taking medication will be asked to refrain from doing so a minimum of 48 hours prior to participation. Interested participants who are unfamiliar with medication washout are encouraged to consult their physicians (GP or paediatrician).
  6. Optionally: you may involve their child’s teacher, who will complete the same rating forms as you.

Location of Study
University of Victoria
Child Development Lab
Department of Psychology
Cornett Building


Name of Study

Healing and Recovery through Technology-Assisted Brain Training

Purpose of Project

Drug treatments for conditions like Tourette Syndrome and ADHD can be effective in some cases, but they typically involve strong side effects and poor long-term prognostic.  Scientists at McGill University who specialize in the study of attention are developing a novel brain-training method that has been shown to reduce pain and the symptoms of different involuntary behaviour conditions. This exploratory procedure is safe, effortless, non-invasive, and drug-free. It draws on research examining the brain mechanisms involved in healing, hypnosis, mindfulness, and positive mindset.

The popular science Mind Field TV series will be involved in the first phase of this project, and participating families must agree to being filmed and appearing in a documentary.

Who Can Participate?
We are looking for children and youths who:
1.  have been diagnosed with Tourette or ADHD
2. are between the ages of 7 and 12 years
3. are seeking alternatives to medication
4. live in the greater Montreal, QC area

What is involved?
Study participation involves…

  1. An initial phone interview with our research team to determine eligibility and brief parents on the procedure
  2. Bringing your child to our lab at McGill University in Montreal two to three times, two weeks to one month apart.  You will be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses.
  3. Session 1: Your child will undergo a medical interview to help us tailor the program to your child’s needs, followed by a suggestion procedure involving neuroscience technology
  4.  Session 2: Your child will receive a free smartwatch programmed to send them reminders of their progress

You will be told the results from your child’s participation in our study 4 to 6 weeks after your 2nd session.

Location of Study
McGill University
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Department of Psychiatry
Duff Medical Building

How Can I Join This Study?
If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating you can email us at cultmindbrain@gmail.com


Name of Study
Effects of Low-dose versus Normal-dose Psychostimulants on Executive Functions in Children with ADHD

Purpose of Research
When a doctor prescribes exactly the right dose of a stimulant medication for controlling behavioural hyperactivity and impulsivity in children and youth with ADHD, that dose might be too high for aiding memory, attention or other cognitive functions central for success in school and in life. The purpose of our study is to find out if your child’s dose might be too high. We want to see how children and youths with ADHD perform on tests of thinking, attention, working memory, self-control, problem-solving and mental flexibility when on their normal dose of stimulant medication and when on half that.

Who Can Participate?

We are looking for children and youths who ….

  • have ADHD of the combined type
  • are between the ages of 6 – 18 years
  • are taking stimulant medication for their ADHD and have been on their current dose for at least 2 weeks
  • do not have a history of any severe adverse reaction to lowering the dose of their stimulant medication
  • live in the greater Vancouver, BC area

 What is involved?
Study participation involves….

  1. coming out to our lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver twice, two weeks apart (you will be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses)
  2. playing computer games that require thinking, attention, working memory, self-control, problem-solving and mental flexibility, plus taking some paper and pencil measures of reading, math, and reasoning
  3. taking half the dose of their stimulant medication before one session, and the full dose of their medication before the other session, order counterbalanced across participants (cost of the medication used in this study will be covered by the research team)
  4. you will be told the results from your child’s participation in our study 4-6 weeks after your 2nd (that is, your last) session with us

Location of Study
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Department of Psychiatry
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1

How Can I Join This Study?
If you or anyone you know MIGHT be interested in participating you can email us at devcogneuro@gmail.com or call us at (604) 827-3074
Contact Information
Email: devcogneuro@gmail.com
Phone: (604) 827-3074


Name of Study
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Skills Training for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Purpose of Research
Medication is currently the mainstay treatment for adolescents with ADHD. Though medication is an efficacious treatment for core ADHD symptoms, it does not directly address the associated academic, social, emotional, and behavioural impairments. Overcoming these requires skills in organization, time management, problem solving, emotional modulation, stress management, and interpersonal rapport. These skills become especially important as children enter adolescence and are expected to function more autonomously.

The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Skills Training program for adolescents with ADHD, targeting the skills outlined above.

Who Can Participate?
Adolescents 13 – 17 years old; fluent in English; with or without prior ADHD diagnosis; without history of Autism Spectrum Disorder, psychosis, significant brain traumas (encephalitis, head injury, etc.), major medical conditions or impairments that would interfere with the ability of the adolescent to complete testing or take psychostimulants, (e.g., epilepsy, cardiac abnormalities, or renal abnormalities), significant psychiatric comorbidities (e.g. suicidality) or substance abuse requiring immediate treatment.

What Is Involved?
Adolescents with ADHD will be optimally medicated and randomly assigned to receive one of three possible treatments: 1) fourteen weekly group sessions of Cognitive Behaviour and Skills Training Therapy, 2) fourteen weekly group sessions of Supportive Group Therapy, or 3) treatment as usual in the community. For those assigned to the first two treatment groups, each weekly session will be 1.5 hours long. Parents of adolescents in these groups will attend 6 of their own support and educational group meetings.

  1. Cognitive Behaviour and Skills Training Therapy – Each session will focus on a new topic or skill that the adolescent will learn and practice. Adolescents will be assigned a coach, who will call twice a week to help them practice the skills.
  2. Supportive Group Therapy – Each session will allow adolescents to discuss their challenges and accomplishments in a supportive environment, and will provide them with information on a topic related to ADHD. Adolescents will be assigned a coach, who will call twice a week to discuss issues that they are currently facing.
  3. Treatment as Usual – Participants randomized to this group will receive what patients currently receive in the community, mainly medication. Families randomized to this group are free to seek out any additional interventions that they feel they would benefit from.
  4. Adolescents and their parents will be asked to complete assessments before the group treatment begins, immediately after the group treatment ends, 4 months after the group treatment ends, and 8 months after the group treatment ends.

Location of Study
The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Centre for Innovative Medicine
1001 Décarie Boulevard, B04.3310, Montréal (Québec) H4A 3J1

How Can I Join This Study?
Call or send an email to Tara Errington (contact information below).

Contact Information
Tara Errington, Tel: 514-412-4400 x 23286, Email: tara.errington@muhc.mcgill.ca


Name of Study: University of Windsor Study on Facebook and Friendship

Purpose of Research and Who Can Participate: My name is Shanna Deasley and I am a Master’s student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor.

I am looking for young adults (18-25 years old) who use their Facebook account at least once per week to participate in an online survey as part of my Master’s project. Under the supervision of Dr. Kimberley Babb, my thesis is exploring young adults’ perceptions about their Facebook use and social well-being.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you choose to participate you can complete the survey online and it will take no more than 60 minutes of your time. All responses will be kept confidential and secure. At the end, you will receive a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks.

Your participation will help us learn more about young adults’ use of and motivations for using Facebook and how this is related to their social well-being. In learning more about these experiences, we may be able to better understand the online social functioning among young adults.

How Can I Join This Study? If you are interested in participating please send an email to deasley@uwindsor.ca. You will then be provided with a link and password to the online survey. Once you access the study website, you may read more information about the study on the consent form and then you may decide whether or not you wish to participate in the study.

Contact Information: If you have any questions, concerns or requests please do not hesitate to email me at deasley@uwindsor.ca. This study has received clearance from the University of Windsor Research Ethics Board.

Sincerely,

Shanna Deasley
M.A. Candidate, Clinical Psychology
University of Windsor
deasley@uwindsor.ca

Dr. Kimberley Babb
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Windsor
kbabb@uwindsor.ca
(519) 253-3000 ext. 2221


Name of Study:  Performance Calibration in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with/without Comorbid Oppositional Defiant Behaviours and a Community Sample of Typically Developing Children

Purpose of Research: Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behaviours tend to overestimate performance with scholastic achievement, social interactions, athletics, and behaviour, in comparison to parent and teacher ratings, despite experiencing difficulty in these domains. The current study aims to evaluate confidence in performance, termed performance calibration, as children complete tasks in general knowledge, mathematics, and emotional recognition. The goal of this work is to contribute to the current literature by providing a developmental lens to performance calibration, comparisons across groups and domains of performance, as well addressing the utility of in-vivo judgments about performance.

Who Can Participate? We are seeking children with a pre-existing diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder made by a professional, with/without oppositional behaviours between the ages of 8-12 years old.

What is Involved? The study has 3 components:
1.     Children will be asked to complete measures of cognitive abilities and performance calibration.
2.     Caregivers who meet study inclusion criteria will be asked to complete measures of child behaviour.
3.     Caregivers will complete an interview with a researcher asking about their children’s characteristics and behaviours.  Caregivers and children     who participate in the research will be given a small monetary honorarium in the amount of $20.  You can contact us if you are interested in participating in the study. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from participation at any point. Research measures require approximately 60-90 minutes. Please see brochure for more details: http://www.camh.ca/en/research/research_areas/studies_and_recruitment/Documents/Brochure-KidsMetacognitionProject_CommunityVersion.pdf

Location of Study: Completion of research measures will take place at York University or the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

How Can I Join This Study? Send an email to Alexandra Basile or Justine Ledochowski indicating your interest.

Contact Information: Alexandra Basile andJustine Ledochowski can be emailed at kids.metacognition@gmail.com or through the contact information in the online brochure.


Name of Study: Family Taekwondo and ADHD

Purpose of Research: The purpose of this qualitative study will be to explore the perceived impact of family Taekwondo on the functioning of the family and child with ADHD, who are participating in martial arts programs at Taekwondo schools in Ontario.

Who Can Participate? Children with ADD or ADHD who are participating in Taekwondo with their parents at a school or Dojang in Ontario.

What is Involved? Participation would involve 3 sessions. Session one will involve a discussion of the risks and benefits of the study. The second session will be with the parent(s) and child and will be approximately 45 to 60 minutes long. This session will be in person. The second session could be in person or by phone and will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to review the findings from the interview for accuracy.

Location of Study: The study can take place at any Taekwondo Program in southern Ontario

How Can I Join This Study? To join the study contact Christopher Savard

Contact Information: Christopher Savard (905) 520-4118 or by email
csavard866@community.nipissingu.ca


Name of Study: A Placebo Controlled Study of Homeopathic Treatment of Children and Youth with ADHD

Purpose of Research: We are investigating the use homeopathic remedies in the treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Who Can Participate? Children and adolescents ages 6-16 with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Children and youth not taking medication or taking a stable dose of ADHD medication are eligible.

What is Involved?There will be one consultation with a psychiatrist and at least 5 consultations with a homeopath. Participants will be given homeopathic medicines and be asked to complete questionnaires.

Location of Study: Toronto (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and 2 homeopathic clinics downtown).

How Can I Join This Study? Contact the study coordinator (information below).

Contact Information: David Brul, Ph.647 378-8309 e-mail: david.brule@utoronto.ca


Name of Study: ADHD Treatment Facility.

Purpose of Research: Better understanding of the needs of adults, children and parents of children with ADHD for a proposal of an ADHD treatment facility.

Who Can Participate? Only adults or parents of children (ages 6-18) who have been diagnosed by a medical professional can answer the survey.

What is Involved? Answering 10 questions.

Location of Study: Online

How Can I Join This Study? This survey is posted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HP6VZG5

Contact Information: Aya Ahmed (ayaahmed.id@gmail.com)


Name of Study: Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate in the treatment of Adult ADHD with Anxiety Disorder Comorbidity

Purpose of Research: Individuals who suffer from Adult ADHD often suffer from other emotional or psychiatric disorders as well, including anxiety disorders and depression. Previous studies of treatments for Adult ADHD have focused on individuals who suffer from ADHD only. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of a medication treatment for ADHD on both Adult ADHD as well as how it affects anxiety and mood disorders. Since it is quite common for individuals to have other disorders, it is important that clinicians understand what treatment options will be best for these people.

Who can participate? Adults aged 18 to 65 years, who think they may have ADHD (previous diagnosis not necessary; we will determine diagnosis) as well as anxiety or depression.

What is involved? This study involves undergoing an interview assessment to see if your symptoms may fit the study criteria. If you so, and you provide your consent to participate, this study involves taking medication for Adult ADHD on a daily basis. The study will last for a total period 18 weeks and you will be asked to attend 13 visits. You will be given the study medication (Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate) for part of the study a placebo pill (that has no medication) for part of the study. Neither you, nor the study team will know if you are taking the medication or the placebo. You will meet with a study doctor and study team members at each visit. Visits involve completing questionnaires about your symptoms, having your blood pressure and pulse checked and discussing how you have been feeling.
Location of Study: Centre for Anxiety, Attention Deficit and Trauma 1057 Main ST W, Hamilton, ON

How can I join this study? For information contact Beth at 289-396-4242; email: info@anxietyADDtreatment.com


Name of Study: How Boys with ADHD Think About Their Social Interactions, Compared to Boys without ADHD

Purpose of Research: We are studying how boys with ADHD think about their social interactions, compared to boys without ADHD

Who Can Participate? Boys who have been diagnosed with ADHD and boys who have not been diagnosed with ADHD (neuro-typical) near Vancouver, BC.

What is involved? Chat Study – Boys will complete three social interaction tasks on the computer, and complete some questionnaires about themselves. Parents will be asked to complete some questionnaires as well. It will take about one hour. Families will receive a $15 honorarium for their participation after their lab visit.

Location of Study Parents and their sons will visit the Parenting Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, or may have research assistants visit their home.

How Can I Join This Study? Call 604-822-9037 or email cjlab@psych.ubc.ca.


Name of Study: ADHD – Attention and Communication Research Project

Purpose of Research: The purpose of this research is to examine the communication skills of children with and without ADHD. This study has been designed to explore the behavioural and communicative characteristics of children with and without ADHD when communicating with another person. This study will help us better understand the daily communicative struggles and challenges faced by children with ADHD.

Who Can Participate? We are currently seeking children between the ages of 9-12 years old with ADHD (been diagnosed by a mental health or medical professional) and without ADHD. Must be located within traveling distance of the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

What is Involved? The study would involve a 1 session visit (approximately 1 hour) to the University of Waterloo (directions and parking will be provided). Appointments are scheduled at the family’s convenience. Children are asked to play a series of fun and engaging games designed to assess their communication and language skills. Parents will be asked to fill out two questionnaires about their children’s behaviour and communication skills, as well as a brief demographic questionnaire. Parents will observe their child through a one-way mirror. In appreciation of their participation, children will receive a certificate, a small toy, and $5. Parents will have the option of receiving a result letter by mail once the data has been collected and analyzed. You can also browse our website at cognitivedevelopmentlab.uwaterloo.ca for more information on our research.

Location of Study Our study is conducted in our research lab here at the University of Waterloo and as such, participation would be open to families living in or around the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge area.

How Can I Join This Study? Call 519-888-4567 x38542 or email: childresearch@uwaterloo.ca.


Name of Study: Strengths in ADHD Research Project

Purpose of Research: The Strengths in ADHD research project is a new study based out of the Educational Studies in Psychology area of University of Calgary’s Faculty of Education. The goal of our study is to identify a number of areas in which children with ADHD thrive and the things that support them in reaching success. This knowledge can help us in understanding the factors that can promote success and well-being and how we can better support and empower children with ADHD.

Who Can Participate? We are currently looking for families who are interested in participating in our research. Our research is focused on children aged 8-11 years of age who have been diagnosed with ADHD by a psychologist or family doctor, as well as children who do not have any attentional concerns.

What is Involved? Participation in the Strengths in ADHD study involves two visits (approximately 2-3 hours each) to the University of Calgary (evenings or weekends). Parents and children are asked to complete a number of tasks and questionnaires designed to gain a greater understanding of children and their strengths and resources. In recognition of participation, families will receive a family-friendly gift certificate and children may choose a special toy. More information on our study can be found on our website: www.ucalgary.ca/adhdkids.

Location of Study Please note that you must live in or around the Calgary area in order to participate in this research at this time as it is being conducted by the University of Calgary.

How Can I Join This Study? Call 403-210-6726 or visit our website at www.ucalgary.ca/adhdkids.


Name of Study: ADHD Nutrient Study

Purpose of Research: The purpose of this research study is to investigate the potential benefits of a compound natural health product containing multiple nutrients (zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C), compared to placebo, on blood nutrient levels and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in children aged 6-12 years.

Who Can Participate? Your child must be between the ages of 6-12 years, and have a diagnosis of ADHD from a health care professional. Your child may still participate if they are taking medication for their ADHD, as long as the medication has been stable in the last six weeks.

What is Involved? Your child will be asked to take between 3 and 7 chewable tablets (based on weight) daily for 10 weeks, as well as answer three questionnaires, and provide a small blood sample at the beginning and end of the study. Your child will be randomized to take either the nutrient tablets (containing zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C), or placebo tablets. They must attend two 60-minute study visits at the beginning and end of the study. Please follow this link to the ADHD Nutrient Study Recruitment Poster. Parking/travel fees may be reimbursed. A small ($50) honorarium will be provided at the end of the study.

Location of Study Must be located within traveling distance of the Canadian College Of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.

How Can I Join This Study? You can register on the website or contact Dr. Christopher Knee, ND (Study Coordinator), at cknee@ccnm.edu or 647-981-4681.


Name of Study: How ADHD Children Learn About, Process, and Understand Their World

Purpose of Research: The Children’s Learning Projects Research Lab team led by Dr. James Bebko will be examining the attention difficulties often observed in ADHD via the use of multi-modal (i.e. video) stimuli, including: problem-solving games, watching videos, and asking parents questions about their child(ren) to study how ADHD children learn about, process, and understand the world around them.

Who Can Participate? Children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 16 who have been diagnosed with ADHD but never diagnosed with any form of Autism.

What is Involved? We will be examining the attention difficulties often observed in ADHD via the use of multi-modal (i.e. video) stimuli, including: problem-solving games, watching videos, and asking parents questions about their child(ren). In appreciation of their participation, participants will receive a small honorarium consisting of a $10 gift card to Indigo or Chapters and a personalized research study certificate. Please follow this link to the York University Study Recruitment Poster.

Location of Study Must be located within traveling distance of York University Department of Psychology: 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3 – Behavioural Sciences Building Room 307. Partial travel/parking compensation available upon request.

How Can I Join This Study? Contact Dr. James Bebko or Sara Oczak at the Department of Clinical-Developmental Psychology: 416-650-8495 or email: bebkolab@yorku.ca.

Name of Study: Sleep and neurodevelopmental disorders: Treatment barriers and facilitators

Purpose of research: Did you know that between 50-95% of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) have behavioural sleep problems? Common NDDs include Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and Cerebral Palsy (CP). These problems are called insomnia. Insomnia is when children have difficulty with following bedtime routines, falling asleep, and staying asleep. Very few children with NDDs receive help for their insomnia, but it is treatable!  We are doing an online study to learn about parents’ experiences seeking and using treatment for insomnia in their children with NDD. We want to learn what helps and what doesn’t help families’ access to and use of treatment.  This study is part of principal investigator Kim Tan-MacNeill’s dissertation research, and is based out of Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre (Halifax NS). Ethics approval has been obtained from the IWK Research Ethics Board (REB #1018556). The supervising investigators are Dr. Penny Corkum (penny.corkum@dal.ca) and Dr. Isabel Smith (isabel.smith@iwk.nshealth.ca).

Who can participate? If you are a parent or caregiver of a child aged 4-12 years old who has ADHD, FASD, and/or CP as well as behavioural sleep problems (either currently or in the past), you can help us identify ways to increase families’ access to and uptake of treatment for behavioural sleep problems in children with NDD.

What is involved? This study will involve completing online questionnaires and participating in online focus groups. Participation should take no more than 2 hours of your time. The study is being conducted through the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Focus groups will be scheduled using an online scheduling tool (e.g., Doodle poll). Eligible participants will be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift card for www.amazon.ca and will also receive resources on treating sleep problems in kids with NDD.

Location of Study All aspects of this study are done online, from questionnaires to the focus groups (which use a secure software similar to Skype).

How Can I Join This Study To find out whether you are eligible to participate, we ask that interested parents complete our brief online screening questionnaire, found at this link: http://tinyurl.com/parentndd

Contact Information? For questions, please contact the study investigator Kim Tan-MacNeill at sleepndd@dal.ca