UCLA ADHD & Development Lab

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth


502 Portola PlazaLos Angeles, CA 90095 United States

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Mission Statement

The UCLA ADHD and Development Lab is dedicated to studying the origins, development, and consequences of childhood ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and conduct disorder (CD). Using a diverse array of research methods, including structured diagnostic interviews, rating scales, standardized tests of cognitive ability and academic achievement, as well as observational paradigms, we hope to identify factors that contribute to negative academic, psychiatric, and socio-emotional outcomes as well as factors that may promote resilience. Ultimately, we hope this research facilitates innovations in treatment development and related efforts to reduce the significant burden associated with ADHD and related child behavior disorders.


Our current research is called the Developmental Research on Emotion and Mental Health in Girls (DREAMING) Study. This study directed towards 6-11 year old English speaking girls and their parents. This study aims to understand family (e.g., parent-child relationships) and psychophysiological (e.g., heart rate, respiration) factors in the development of differences in emotion (e.g., anxiety, irritability) in pre-adolescent girls. This is not a treatment study and no specific treatment will be provided. Families will be invited to our research laboratory in the UCLA Department of Psychology (Franz Hall) for a one-time, four hour visit. Participants will be asked to complete interviews, computerized tasks, and standardized measures of cognition, academic achievement, and positive and negative emotions. Parents will complete additional rating scales about family functioning and child development. For complete participation, families can earn up to $100 and they will receive a written report summarizing the results of the child’s cognitive, academic, and clinical assessment.


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