Clinical Trials

ADHD and Reading Intervention Research Study

What is the purpose of this study?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to learn more about ways to treat children who have ADHD (either diagnosed or not yet diagnosed) and also struggle with reading.

Who can participate?

Children in grades 2 to 5 who have attention problems and struggle with reading (noticed by a parent or teacher) may be eligible to participate.



What is involved?

Your child will be in the research study for approximately 18 weeks, including 16 weeks of intervention. You and your child will participate in a diagnostic evaluation at the beginning of the study and a follow-up evaluation at the end of the study. Your child’s teacher will also provide ratings of attention and behavior. You and your child may be randomly assigned to receive ADHD intervention (medication and parent training), reading intervention (intensive tutoring) or both. A detailed list of procedures will be provided to parents or guardians interested in knowing more about this study.

What are the benefits?

If you agree to allow your child to take part in this research study, your child may receive a direct medical benefit. Potential benefits for you and your child may include the possibility that medications, behavioral parenting treatments, and/or reading interventions will improve your child’s ADHD symptoms and/or reading ability.

All participants will receive a free evaluation and detailed report that describes your child’s participation in the study, including all testing results, your child’s response to treatment, and a set of treatment recommendations. If there are any health issues discovered about your child during the evaluation, the study doctor will talk with you and make a referral for further assessment.

The information learned from this research study may benefit other children with ADHD and reading difficulties in the future.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

Parents interested in having their child participate will be given an explanation about the study over the phone. Then, at the first study visit, parents will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. The form covers all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, the pay, who to contact with questions or concerns and more. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the risks and discomforts of the study?

Possible risks and discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians interested in learning more about the study.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Families will receive up to $200 for time and effort.

Who should I contact for more information?

ICARD Research Coordinator
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 10006
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039 

Principal Investigator

Leanne Tamm, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center