Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos (Human Development and Family Studies) received a large, new grant from the DOED Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for the project “Improving the Educational and Social Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.” The number of young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) pursuing college degrees has risen dramatically in the past 30 years, with current prevalence rates ranging between 5 and 8 percent, the abstract notes. Students with ADHD currently represent one of the largest disability groups on college campuses, with at least 25 percent of all college students who receive disability services identified with ADHD. College students with ADHD are significantly more likely than their peers to have low and failing grades, to be placed on academic probation, and ultimately, to drop out of college.
“While much research attention has been paid to interventions for ADHD across the lifespan, the high-risk college years have received practically no attention,” the abstract continues.
“Our multi-site team set out to address this gap by working with stakeholders to develop an intervention for college students with ADHD – Accessing Campus Connections and Empowering Student Success (ACCESS) – that specifically targets the executive functioning and psychological functioning factors that impact educational functioning. To date, a detailed treatment manual has been developed and revised through an iterative process and a large open trial of ACCESS was recently completed. The primary goal of this upcoming Goal 3 study is to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of the ACCESS intervention as compared to a delayed treatment control group and to assess moderators and mediators of intervention response.”
Anastopoulos is director of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG, based at 1100 West Market St.