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Parallel Growth Model of Treatment of ADHD and Substance Abuse Among Adolescents

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program
8/16/2013 – 12/31/2013


This project will start a new line of investigation within the WSU addiction research community focused on adolescent substance use disorders (SUD) with co-occurring attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The use of advanced statistical and psychometric analyses have not yet been fully integrated into the SUD and ADHD literature, thus creating an area that requires exploration to evaluate effectively combined treatment approach for these two disorders. Our long-term goal for this project is to better understand the longitudinal relationship between substance use and ADHD symptoms in adolescents diagnosed with a SUD and co-morbid ADHD in order to improve public health and inform future treatment protocol design. With the availability of preexisting longitudinal clinical trial data, we hope to implement the more advanced statistical and psychometric methods in order to understand the relationship between SUD and ADHD, assess the effectiveness of treatment using novel methodology not previously explored, and allow for the replication of this process in order for others to pursue their own exploration using similar techniques. Because SUD clinical trials are perhaps the most important modality for producing externally valid treatments to the research/clinician community in order to improve public health, it is essential to maximize analytic accuracy.

Primary Investigator

Mary Rose Mamey, MA
WSU College of Arts & Sciences