Current Research Studies

ADHD – Treating Parents with ADHD and Their Children (TPAC)

What is the goal of this study?

We are comparing the effectiveness of treating parent ADHD with medication and a child treatment strategy for ADHD symptoms, versus a child treatment strategy alone. Research has shown that many children who have ADHD also have a parent who has ADHD.

Families can participate if a parent has ADHD that is not being treated with medication and a young child has ADHD symptoms that have not been treated with medication.

The child treatment strategy is to provide a therapy called behavioral parent training (BPT) to the parent before recommending treatment of the child with stimulant medication if needed.

Who can join the study?

This study may be a good fit for children who:

  • Are between 3 – 7 years old
  • Have inattentive or hyperactive symptoms
  • Have not had ADHD medication or an adequate trial of stimulant medication

And for parents who:

  • Are at least 21 years old and
  • Have ADHD

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

Most of this study visit will be via telehealth. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to:

  • Participate in a phone screen and potential screening visit.
  • If eligible, you will be assigned to one of two groups:
    • Group 1: Parents will receive stimulant medication for 4 weeks, followed by 10 sessions of behavioral parent training.
    • Group 2: Parents will receive 10 sessions of behavioral parent training only.
  • In total, you and your child will be in the study for 36 weeks, or 9 months.

Who can I contact for more information?

To learn more, call 206-884-1113 or email the study team.


Study Location(s):

Seattle Children's Main Hospital Campus

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Mark Stein
Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development