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Youth and Family Research Program

About Our Research

The Youth and Family Research Program began as the Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Program in 1987 under the leadership of William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D.  For ten years the ADD Program was a clinical research program focusing on the treatment and study of behavior problems in children.  From 1987 to 1996 the ADD Program conducted the Children's Summer Day Treatment Program (STP), an eight week, award-winning program for children and adolescents with ADHD.  In 1996, Dr. Pelham left the University of Pittsburgh and now directs the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University.  Since Dr. Pelham's departure, the program has been focused on research under the direction of Brooke Molina, Ph.D.  The name Youth and Family Research Program was adopted in 2005 to reflect the broadened scope of our research.

A central theme in our research is studying the long-term functioning of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) through adolescence and into adulthood.  We are following several samples of children diagnosed with ADHD to determine the course, and reasons for, differential outcomes for this commonly diagnosed condition.  It is our hope that the results of these studies will inform future treatment efforts and maximize beneficial outcomes for children diagnosed with ADHD and other behavior problems.  To this end, we also study treatments for these conditions with a focus on adolescents and young adults.  Clinical trials focus on psychosocial (e.g., after-school treatment programs,  parent training, group therapy) and pharmacologic (e.g., medicinal) treatments.  We also research the long-term course and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.

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