For Parents



We recruit families to participate in our IRB approved study who have children without attention problems who:

  • Are currently enrolled in second or third grade
  • Are fluent in English
  • Live with at least one biological parent
  • Have not been previously diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or an intellectual disability

What does participation involve?

Eligible families will visit our lab at the Waisman Center at UW-Madison to engage in the following activities:


  • Clinical interview about your child’s behavior and emotional functioning
  • Questionnaires and rating scales about your child’s behavior at home and school


  • Cognitive and behavioral tests
  • Interactive activities on the computer
  • A short (1 hour) fMRI scan to learn how their brain works

Parent and Child:

  • Videotaped parent-child play activity
  • Saliva samples for DNA analysis

What are the benefits?

You will receive:

  • No direct benefits (i.e., we provide no clinical diagnosis or treatment)
  • A written summary of your child’s cognitive and behavioral functioning
  • $60 for your full participation
  • A toy prize for your child

If you are interested in learning more about our research or have any other questions, please contact us at or call us at 608-263-5854 with your name, number, and the best time for us to reach you.

Study Flyer

Study Brochure


If you are interested in learning more about the signs, symptoms, and treatments for ADHD, visit the website Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) ( We also recommend the book Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Dr. Russell Barkley, for psycho-education, strategies for behavior management, medication management, and other resources that are generally helpful for parents.


If you are interested in evidence-based treatments for children with ADHD, see Multimodal Treatment Study (MTA) of ADHD. While medication (i.e., stimulants like methylphenidate and amphetamines) is an option for many children with ADHD – Combined Type, caregivers might also want to consider a behavioral treatment. In fact, for children with Combined Type ADHD, research has consistently shown that medication effects are more likely to be optimized when taken in concert with a behavioral intervention (see findings from the MTA study).