Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study to evaluate a sleep intervention in teens with ADHD who also have sleep problems.

Who can participate?

Teens 13 to 17 years old who have ADHD and sleep problems may be eligible to participate.

What will happen in the study?

This study includes approximately 11 study visits over 6 months. Here are some of the things that will happen in this study:

In the initial visit:

  • We will talk to you and your teen separately and complete an intelligence screen about your child
  • You will fill out rating scales about your child’s attention, behavior and sleep
  • Teens will be given an actigraph (sleep watch) and a daily sleep diary to complete throughout the study
  • We will reach out to your child’s teacher to complete a rating scale regarding his/her attention, behavior and sleep

The sleep treatment intervention:

  • Will happen during the school year
  • Involves a study clinician working directly with the teen and family weekly for about 8 weeks
  • Will help teens and their families learn more about sleep and its importance for daily functioning, challenges to getting good or sufficient sleep, and problem solving to look at things that might be getting in the way of sleep
  • Includes teens and parents being asked to complete brief sleep, behavior and impairment ratings at each session

There will also be a follow-up visit about three months after the last session. Teens and parents will be asked to complete rating measures at an in-person visit lasting about 2.5 hours. Teachers may be asked to complete rating measures if the follow-up visit happens within the school year.

Parents and teens will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. 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 good things that can happen from this research? 

We hope that the treatment will help to improve your child’s sleep. Moreover, we expect that we will know more about how to treat children with ADHD and sleep problems in the future.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research? 

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

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Families will receive up to $240 for participation.

Who should I contact for more information?

Study Coordinator

Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

3333 Burnet Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Stephen P. Becker, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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