ATLAS Project


The ATLAS Project is part of a research study at the Center for Children and Families and was designed for adolescents with ADHD. The goal of the study is to find the best way to support youth with ADHD as they navigate some of the common challenges of adolescents and also to prevent problems with alcohol and other drugs. See below for some frequently asked questions.

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Why is FIU conducting this study?

FIU’s Center for Children and Families is committed to advances in the treatment of child and adolescent mental health. Research studies such as these are critical in developing evidence-based treatments to better the lives of children and adolescents. This research study aims to find the most effective strategies to help teens make health decisions about relationships with parents, teachers, and friends, about homework and studying, and especially about alcohol and other drugs.

What do ATLAS participants do?

All adolescents will receive a 5 sessions with a counselor. The sessions are designed to teach skills to deal with tough issues and to promote healthy decision making. Parents are involved in some sessions. Some families may receive more sessions and adolescents may receive medication. Throughout the study, adolescents are monitored to see whether the study treatments are helpful.

Who can participate?

Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 who have difficulties with concentration and impulsivity (like those with ADHD) and their parents may be eligible to be in the study.

How long is the study?

Families who participate will receive follow-up visits for 24 to 36 months after the 5 counseling sessions to monitor progress.

Will my child be required to take medication?

Some adolescents will receive a medication consultation with a study doctor and may receive a prescribed study medication for ADHD. Study doctors will work with families to make the changes.

How much does the program cost?

All counseling sessions and study medications will be provided by the ATLAS Project free of charge for participating families. Families may also receive gift cards for completing follow-up assessments.

What are the credentials of those providing treatment?

The study is led by Dr. William E. Pelham Jr., FIU Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children and Families. The ATLAS Project is implemented by trained paraprofessional therapists and licensed mental health counselors and social workers. Treatment is supervised by CCF’s highlight experienced staff members who have been conducting treatment programs for ADHD children for more than 25 years.

My child currently takes medication for ADHD, will he/she have to stop medication or change dose?

Adolescents who are currently taking medication for ADHD or other mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.) are not eligible to enroll in this study. Adolescents who have taken medication in the past, but are not taking the medication currently, may still be eligible for the study. Some adolescents will receive medication for ADHD as part of the study. The type of medication used in the study and the specific dose may be different from what adolescents have used previously.

How do I get more information or sign up?

Call the ATLAS Project at 305-348-3891 or click here. If you are interested in participating, you may complete a brief phone screening.

Call now to ask about enrollment at 305-348-3891. Hablamos Español