Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ATLAS Project is now being offered online.
- About the Study
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.
- Eligibility Guidelines
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.
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.
- Free of Cost/Incentives
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.
- Length of the Study
Families who participate will receive follow-up visits for 24 to 36 months after the five counseling sessions to monitor progress.
- Medication Consultation
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.
- Purpose of the 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.
- Trained and Licensed Staff
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.