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 If the information is out-of-date, it is because we have yet to be notified.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.

Canadian Parents’/Guardians’ Perspectives about the Impact of COVID-19 School Closure on Students with Special Educational Needs

Purpose of Research

The purpose of obtaining this information is to provide you, as a parent/guardian of a child/youth with special educational needs, with an opportunity to share your perspectives, which may help to inform improvements in the provision of support.

Who Can Participate?
This study is intended for the parent(s) or guardian(s) of children/youth with a special educational needs who are registered in school, and who have been affected by school closures due to COVID-19.

What is involved?
This study involves completing a 15-20 minute online survey that will consist of single answer and multiple answer options. You may access the survey at 

Location of StudyOnline
How Can I Join This Study? Complete survey at 

See Poster and Invitation.

Contact info:
Nadine Bartlett Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Faculty of Education
University of Manitoba
(204) 474-9446

Understanding influences on goal-striving in teens and young adults

Purpose of Research

The main purpose of this study is to get a better understanding about the goals that are important to young people with ADHD. This includes (1) exploring the kinds of goals that teens set for themselves, (2) asking teens about the reasons why they are working toward these goals, and (3) examining different kinds of thinking skills that teens may use to accomplish their goals (e.g., planning and decision-making).

Who Can Participate?

  • Participants must be between the ages 13-17 years
  • Participants must have a current diagnosis of ADHD by a physician or psychologist
  • Participants must be currently experiencing symptoms of ADHD, determined by a brief phone screening with a parent/guardian, conducted by the researcher
  • Participants under the age of 16 years must obtain parent/guardian consent (parent/guardian will be asked to sign a permission form)

What is involved?
The study will take approximately 1 hour to complete, and is entirely completed online from your home. During the study, participants will complete three online questionnaires, asking about their ability to engage with tasks (e.g., I can quickly switch from one task to another), complete tasks (e.g., I finish whatever I begin), their motivations for reaching goals (e.g., I want to achieve my goal because it is important to me). Participants will then be asked questions about their goals (as described above) in a 20-30 minute Skype For Business interview. We are also asking a parent/guardian to report their teen’s current experience with symptoms of inattention and/or impulsivity, as well as any disruptions/changes to your family due to COVID-19.

Location of StudyOnline
How Can I Join This Study? Please email Mahsa Sadeghi at:

Contact info:
Mahsa Sadeghi, M.A. (Student Investigator),
Dr. Tara McAuley, C.Psych (Principal Investigator),

Cognitive Rehabilitation (Mega Team) and its Effects on Emotional and Behavioural Regulation in ADHD, ASD, and CHD

Purpose of Research
To see if a video game can help improve behavioral control and working memory in kids

Who Can Participate?

  • A child with a diagnosis of either: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and/or Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
  • Between 6-12 years of age Willing to come to SickKids for 3 study visits (Baseline, 5-week post-treatment visit, 6-month post-treatment visit)
  • Willing to play the video game at home for 5 weeks
  • Have internet access at home

What is involved?

Participation in this study would mean that you have to come for three 2-3 hour study visits to SickKids (Baseline, 5-week post-treatment visit, 6-month post-treatment visit), and your child may be asked to play a video game at home for 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week for 5 weeks.  We will cover parking for each visit ($20) and participant will receive a gift as a token of appreciation.

Location of StudyThe Hospital for Sick Children – 555 University Ave. Toronto/ON
How Can I Join This Study? Please email or call Mithula at 416-813-8210.
Contact Information:   Mithula Sriskandarajah, Phone:  416-813-8210, email:

Impacts of Diagnosis on Adults with ADHD

Purpose of Research
The purpose of this study is to explore how adults with formal ADHD diagnoses make sense of their ADHD and use this diagnosis to make sense of themselves. I chose to look into this because often research into psychiatric diagnoses focuses on cures and biological causes, without considering how diagnoses come to be understood, managed and interpreted by those affected.

Who Can Participate?
I’m looking to find participants who are over 18 and have a formal diagnosis of ADHD.

What is involved?
I’m asking participants to complete a brief (up to 10 minutes) online survey. I will ask a smaller group to complete an interview with me.
For anyone interested in being interviewed, there is space in the survey below to leave an email address, from which I’ll contact you about a potential interview via Skype. There is a full information sheet on the first page of the survey.

Location of Study: Online

How Can I Join This Study?
The survey link is here

Contact Information
Principal Researcher: Charlie Brown,
Supervisor: Dr. Florence Enock,

Micronutrients for ADHD in Youth: The “MADDY” study

Purpose of Research
We are looking to see if a multivitamin/mineral supplement is helpful in improving symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children ages 6 to 12.

Who Can Participate?
Your child may qualify for this study if:

  • They live in southern Alberta (within driving distance of Lethbridge)
  • They are between the ages of 6-12 years
  • They are able and willing to swallow pills

What is Involved?
Participants will be randomly assigned to either the vitamins and minerals group or a placebo group for 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, all participants will be eligible to take the vitamins and minerals for the next 8 weeks. The study will be 16 weeks in total.

Participants will visit the University of Lethbridge five times (around one time per month) to meet with study researchers to answer questionnaires and receive the product.

Location of Study
University of Lethbridge (UofL)
Department of Health Sciences
Markin Hall
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

How Can I Join This Study?
If you or anyone you know might be interested in the study please email us at or call Dr. Brenda Leung at (403)-329-2366

Contact Information:
Dr. Brenda Leung,
Phone: (403)-329-2366

Evaluating the Effect of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation on Attention and Sleep in ADHD: An Experimental Study

Purpose of Research
To examine if and to what extent cranial electrotherapy stimulation increases auditory attention, visual attention, and sleep quality in adults diagnosed with ADHD in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. 

Who Can Participate? To participate, you must have a  prior diagnosis of ADHD from a doctor or psychologist. You will receive a $42.00 Walmart gift card for your participation.

What is involved? Visit Skerrett Psychology Professional Corporation in Fort Erie to complete a short computer-based measure of attention and answer some questions regarding your sleep. You will be provided with an Alpha-Stim (CES) device to use for one hour  each day, for five weeks. The devices are easy-to-use, by attaching clips  to your earlobes while you complete regular household activities. The  amount of electricity in the device is so small that you will not feel it.  Each participant will also be asked to complete a daily log to keep track  of the timing of each CES treatment and sleep hours.

Location of Study: Niagara Region, Ontario

How Can I Join This Study? Email: or call (905)871-5502

Foquest in the Treatment of Adult ADHD

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 do, 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 of 15 weeks and you will be asked to attend 10 visits. You will be given the study medication, Foquest (methylphenidate hydrochloride controlled release capsules), 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 us at 905 921 7644; email:

Experiences and Perceptions of People Connected with Young People with ADHD

This research study will aim to observe and investigate the perceptions of young people with ADHD and their view on the disorder. This will provide a better understanding of how a child with ADHD perceives themselves and also looks at how they perceive others. This research study will also focus on the experiences and perceptions felt by their parents, teachers, and support staff, etc.  This is important to look at the participation of the child’s voice. This research study has been approved and will be supervised by Dr. Colette Soan, SEBD lecturer & tutor at the University of Birmingham, England.

Who Can Participate?
Children and young people between the age of 7-25, who know they have ADHD and have been diagnosed with it.

What is involved?
An initial email will be sent to the willing participants, addressing their interest to partake in the study. If the young person and parent are willing to participate in this research, a consent letter and ethical forms will be provided to them. Parents and the young children will get an opportunity to take part in an unstructured/structured interview.

Location of Study
Initial meeting- phone and/or in person.
This can also be completed online and over the phone. Anywhere- preferably a school, centre for ADHD, or a library

How Can I Join This Study?
If you would like to participate or know anyone who might be interested in this research study, please email Bridgette at:

 Contact Information
Bridgette Pereira- Tel: 416-931-8099, Email:

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

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

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 or call us at (604) 827-3074
Contact Information
Phone: (604) 827-3074

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:

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 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 This study has received clearance from the University of Windsor Research Ethics Board.


Shanna Deasley
M.A. Candidate, Clinical Psychology
University of Windsor

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

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:

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 or through the contact information in the online brochure.

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

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:

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

Contact Information: Aya Ahmed (

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 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:

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:

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

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 or 647-981-4681.

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:

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 ( and Dr. Isabel Smith (

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 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:

Contact Information? For questions, please contact the study investigator Kim Tan-MacNeill at or visit

Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Purpose of Research
Up to 90% of Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) experience insomnia symptoms including trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or waking too early. Insomnia leads to poor sleep quality and quantity, as well as increased challenges with academic, emotional, social, and physical functioning, and can contribute to increased symptom presentation in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Evidence supports the effectiveness of behavioural treatments for insomnia. However, these interventions are not often available to families of children with NDDs. This is why Dr. Penny Corkum (Dalhousie University; IWK Health Centre), Dr. Shelly Weiss (University of Toronto; SickKids), and their colleagues at institutions across Canada have created an online sleep intervention program, Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (BNBD-NDD).

Funded by the Kids Brain Health Network, BNBD-NDD is an evidence-based, transdiagnostic online program for parents with children ages 4-10 years old with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) that experience insomnia.

Who Can Participate? The BNBD-NDD research team are currently recruiting 320 families of children with ADHD, ASD, CP and/or FASD who experience sleeping problems from across Canada to participate in their research study to evaluate the effectiveness of BNBD-NDD.

What is involved? Eligible participants will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires before they begin, and will be asked to complete a sleep diary and have their child wear an actigraph (a wrist watch-like device that measures sleep) for 7 days. Participants will then be randomly divided into one of two groups. One group will be able to the BNBD-NDD program immediately. The second group will be given access to the program at the end of the study. Both groups will complete a series of questionnaires, complete a sleep diary, and wear the actigraph at 4 months and 8 months after they have enrolled in the study. This will allow the Better Nights, Better Days team to evaluate the program.

Location of Study This study is coordinated at Dalhousie University. The research team is recruiting families from across Canada. All questionnaires and the BNBD-NDD program are completed online from the convenience of your own home. 

How Can I Join This Study? Interested families can enter the online study database to begin eligibility assessment by visiting the study and clicking “Can I Participate”:

Contact Information For questions, please contact the research coordinator Sydney Dale-McGrath at

Practice- and patient friendly evaluation of ADHD-related role and setting function: demonstration of feasibility, utility and validity

Purpose of Research
Mobile messaging in the treatment of ADHD

Who Can Participate? Adults diagnosed with ADHD on stimulants between ages of 18 and 80

What is involved? Participants will enter contact information into a secure database, complete an online survey (10-15 min) and complete a 3 question survey for 10 days twice a day on a mobile device)

Location of Study Internet website and mobile messaging to personal phone

How Can I Join This Study? Enter the following into a web browser:

Contact Information
For questions and concerns:
Principal investigator: Craig Surman, MD
Telephone: 617-726-7665