Colleges and universities across the country are seeking to assist students with ADHD. Through a $3.2 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Arthur D. Anastopoulos and his team are set to verify through research whether a treatment program that they recently developed is effective.

In addition to undergoing an initial evaluation, each student will participate in a psychosocial program called “ACCESS” – Accessing Campus Connections and Empowering Student Success – which provides cognitive-behavioral group therapy sessions and individual mentoring services. Across the four-year study, a total of 120 students at UNCG and 120 students at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will receive ACCESS.

The study, led by Anastopoulos, professor and director of the ADHD Clinic in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UNCG, and Dr. Joshua Langberg, co-principal investigator and associate professor of psychology in VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, is the first large, randomized controlled trial of any non-medication intervention for college students with ADHD.

As part of the study, college students with ADHD will increase their knowledge of ADHD, acquire adaptive thinking strategies and learn to implement effective organizational tactics such as time management and planning skills, areas in which college students with ADHD tend to struggle the most.

“College is a critical point for setting a trajectory in life,” says Anastopoulos. “The more we know about managing the effects of ADHD in college students, the better opportunity these students will have to be better adults, parents, employees and productive members of society.”

Twenty-four UNCG students with ADHD are participating in the study this fall, and the research team is currently conducting screening evaluations to identify a new group of 24 students interested in participating during the spring semester. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Kristen King at (336) 346-3196, Extension 301, or at kaking@uncg.edu.

 

Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations