Condition or Therapy: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Category:  Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

What is the goal of this study?

We want to learn what works best for treating fathers who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Does stimulant medicine or behavioral parent training work better—or a combination of both? 

This study will also look at whether there is a difference in the order of treatment fathers receive (for example, medicine first).

Young children whose fathers have ADHD are at a greater risk of having ADHD. This is in part because of genetics and family environment. Fathers who have ADHD sometimes have difficulties parenting effectively. We want to learn more about how to best treat families in which the father has ADHD.

Who can join the study?

This study might be a good fit if you:

  • Are 21-55 years
  • Have problems paying attention and concentrating
  • Have a child 3-8 years 
  • Are the child’s biological father

What happens in the study?

The study will last 10 weeks. If you choose to take part, you would meet with one of our study clinicians and fill out questionnaires to determine if you have adult ADHD. Additionally, you would undergo a medical screen, which involves looking at a reading of your heart (electrocardiogram), urine screen, vital signs and a brief physical exam.
Fathers with ADHD will receive treatment (either medicine or parent training sessions under the supervision of a trained clinician who specializes in ADHD).

The initial screening visit and most study visits will take place at Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

Parent training sessions will take place in downtown Seattle or in Bellevue.

Who can I contact for information or to enroll?

Email or call the research coordinator at 206-884-1488.


Study Location(s): Seattle Children’s Hospital main campus, Seattle Children's Research Institute at West 8th and/or Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark Stein