The Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study (PALS)

Photo of Pittsburgh with InclinePrincipal Investigator: Brooke Molina, PhD

Funding Source: NIAAA

The Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study (PALS) is one of the largest long-term studies ever conducted in which children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are followed through adolescence into adulthood.  The investigators are Drs. Brooke Molina and Sarah Pedersen, University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. William E. Pelham, Jr., Florida International University.  Many other investigators have provided their expertise and support over the years.

The study has been following approximately 400 individuals diagnosed with ADHD in childhood who received treatment through the Children's Summer Day Treatment Program for ADHD in Pittsburgh (Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, University of Pittsburgh).  An additional 240 individuals without ADHD are also participating for comparison purposes. 

The purpose of the study is to learn more about the development of children diagnosed with ADHD in the 1980s and 1990s and to answer major questions in the field about factors that affect longterm course.  We study educational and occupational functioning, social and family relations, drug and alcohol use, and the extent to which childhood problems may or may not have persisted into adolescence and young adulthood.  A unique feature of the study is the ability to answer questions about healthy functioning in adulthood as a function of childhood characteristics, such as severity of problems in childhood or treatment history.

PALS study participants may call the PALS scheduling line at 412-246-5656 to speak to a staff person or to schedule a study appointment. For more information about PALS, please contact the study coordinator, Tracey Wilson, at 412-246-5673 or by email.


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