ADHD Study for Teens 14 to 17 Years Old

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical study, to learn more about how sleep impacts functioning in teens with ADHD.

Who can participate?

Teens 14 to 17 years old who have ADHD or attentional problems may be eligible to participate.


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What will happen in the study?

This study includes 1 screening visit and 3 study visits at the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s during a 3-week-period in the summer. Each visit will last about 3 hours. Here are some of the things that will happen in this study:

Both you and your child will be interviewed and be asked to complete forms about his/her mental health, behavioral and academic functioning. We will ask your permission to obtain rating forms from his/her teacher.

Also, your child will be asked to:

  • Wear a special wristwatch called an “actigraph” at home that will keep track of how long he/she sleeps for 3 weeks.
  • Alter his/her sleep schedule to a different schedule each week for 3 weeks (his/her wake up time will be based on when he/she would normally get up on school days).
  • Complete measures about his/her behavior and functioning, as well as cognitive tasks at each study visit.

You will:

  • Bring in your child at the end of each of the 3 weeks to the Center for ADHD, so that we can upload and review information from his/her sleep watch.
  • Complete information forms about his/her behavior and functioning.

Parents interested in having their child participate 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?

Your child may not have a direct benefit from being in this study. However, as part of this study, you will receive your child’s mental health diagnostic evaluation, his/her abbreviated intelligence testing, and his/her abbreviated achievement testing at no charge.

You and your child may learn more about he/she acts after getting different amounts of sleep. In addition, we hope that we will know more about how teens with ADHD are impacted by sleep, and this information may help teens with ADHD in the future.

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

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

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

Families will receive up to $220 for time and effort.


Contact Us.Study Coordinator
Center for ADHD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Stephen P. Becker, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center