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The ATLAS Project

The ATLAS Project 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 adolescence and also to prevent problems with alcohol and other drugs. If you would like someone from the ATLAS Team to contact you about the project, please use this webform to provide your contact information.

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

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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 5 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.

We'd Love to Hear From You

You can call the ATLAS Project at 305-348-3891. If you are interested in participating, you may complete a brief phone screening or fill out our contact form.