The Incremental Validity of Neuropsychological Assessment in the Identification and Treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Principal Investigator: Mark Mahone

The aim of this study is to determine the extent to which neuropsychological assessment contributes to the treatment of ADHD in terms of symptom reduction and quality of life. This is designed to be a naturalistic study in which two groups of participants will be recruited. We intend to survey the parents of children diagnosed with ADHD in order to achieve two groups:

  1. Parents of children who have had neuropsychological evaluations
  2. Parents of children who have NOT had neuropsychological evaluations

Both groups will be asked about their child's and family's current quality of life. We will survey these participants again 6 months after the assessment in order to determine whether there have been any changes in the child's symptoms or the child/family's quality of life over that time period. We will then compare parent-reported symptoms and quality of life for children who were diagnosed with ADHD by a neuropsychologist immediately following the assessment and 6 months after. We will also compare symptoms and quality of life for children who received neuropsychological assessment versus those who did not.