Clinical Trials Office

An ADHD Research Study for Children 7 to 12 Years old: Attention Training

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 look at the effectiveness of attention training in treating children with ADHD. 

Who can participate?

Children 7-12 years old who have been diagnosed with ADHD or who have ADHD symptoms may be eligible to participate. 


  • From 7 To 12  years old



What is involved?

Your child will be in the research study for approximately 5 months.  At the beginning, you will complete a diagnostic evaluation about your child and your child will complete IQ, achievement, and cognitive testing. Your child will then receive 16 sessions of a computerized cognitive training program. Afterwards, you and your child will come for an outcome assessment, where you will respond to questions about your child’s behavior and your child will complete cognitive testing. Then, 2 months after you have completed the intervention, you will respond to questions about your child’s behavior. Your child’s teacher will also provide ratings of attention and behavior. 

He/she will be randomized (put into a group by chance) to be in one of five study groups. A detailed list of procedures will be provided to parents or guardians interested in knowing more about this study.

What are the benefits?

Your child might not receive a direct medical benefit from participating in this study.  However, there is a possibility that the training used in this study will improve your child’s ADHD symptoms. Also, the information learned from this research study may benefit other patients with ADHD in the future.

If any health issues are discovered about your child during the evaluation, such as a psychological disorder, the study doctor will talk with you and make a referral for further assessment. You will also receive the results from the clinical evaluation.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

Parents interested in having their child participate 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.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Families will receive up to $60 and the ADHD intervention free of charge.

Who should I contact for more information?

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

Principal Investigator

Jeff Epstein, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center