The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Research Laboratory

Deborah A. Pearson, Ph.D., Director
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Medical School

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Research Laboratory specializes in research and treatment of cognitive and behavioral problems in children and adolescents with ADHD and related disorders (e.g., conduct disorders). Past research has included studies of:

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  • Development of auditory and visual selective attention in ADHD
  • Covert visual orienting in ADHD
  • The nature of attention deficits in children with Mental Retardation and ADHD
  • Medication treatment of attention deficits in ADHD
  • Medication treatment of aggressive tendencies in disruptive behavior disorders
  • Psychological assessment of children with Mental Retardation (MR) and ADHD
  • Methodologies used to assess medication treatment response in ADHD
  • Comorbid behavioral and emotional problems in children with MR and ADHD
  • Adaptive behavior in ADHD


Pearson, D.A., Lane, D.M., Santos, C.W.,  Casat, C.D., Loveland, K.A., Faria, L.P., Mansour, R., Henderson, J.A., Payne, C.D., Roache, J.D., Lachar, D., and Cleveland, L.A. (2004). Effects of methylphenidate treatment in children with ADHD/MR: Individual variation in medication response. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43: 685-699.

Pearson, D.A., Santos, C.W., Jerger, S.W., Casat, C.D., Roache, J., Loveland, K.A., Lane, D.M. Lachar, D., Faria, L.P., and Getchell, C. (2004). Treatment effects of methylphenidate on cognitive functioning in children with mental retardation and ADHD. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43: 677-685.

Casat, C.D., Pearson, D.A., & Casat, J.P. (2001). “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” In B. Vance & A.J. Pumariega (Eds.), Clinical Assessment of Children and Youth Behavior. New York: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 263-306.

Pearson, D.A., McGrath, N.M., Nozyce, M., Nichols, S.L., Raskino, C., Brouwers, P., Lifschitz, M.C., Baker, C.J., & Englund, J.A. (2001). Predicting HIV disease progression in children using measures of neuropsychological and neurological functioning. Pediatrics, 106, e76, 2000.

Raskino, C., Pearson, D.A., Baker, C.J., Lifschitz, M.H., O'Donnell, K., Mintz, M., Nozyce, M., Brouwers, P., McKinney, R.E., Jimenez, E., Englund, J.A., and the ACTG 152 Study Team (1999). Neurological, neurocognitive and brain growth outcomes in HIV-infected children receiving different nucleoside antiretroviral regimens. Pediatrics, 104, e32.

Aman, M.G., & Pearson, D.A. (1999). "Monitoring and measuring drug effects. II. Behavioral, emotional, and cognitive effects." In J.S. Werry and M.G. Aman (Eds.), Practitioner's Guide to Psychoactive Drugs for Children and Adolescents. New York: Plenum Press, pp. 99-164.

Pearson, D.A., Norton, A.M., & Farwell, E.C. (1997). ADHD in mental retardation: Nature of attention deficits. In J.T. Enns & J. Burack (Eds.), Attention, development, and psychopathology. New York: The Guilford Press, pp. 205-229.

Pearson, D.A., Santos, C.W., Roache, J.D., Loveland, K.A., Casat, C.D., Farwell, E.C., Roebuck, T.M., & Lachar, D., (1996). Effects of methylphenidate on behavioral adjustment in children with mental retardation and ADHD: Preliminary findings from a study in progress. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 8, 313-333.

Pearson, D.A., Yaffee, L.S., Loveland, K.A., & Norton, A. (1995). Covert visual attention in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Evidence for developmental immaturity? Development and Psychopathology, 7, 351-367.

Casat, C., Pearson, D.A., Taft, M.J., & Cherek, D. (1995). Methylphenidate effects on a lab aggression paradigm in ADHD children. Psychopharmacology Bulletin, 31, 351-354.

Pearson, D.A., & Aman, M.G. (1994). Ratings of hyperactivity and developmental indices: Should clinicians correct for developmental level? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 24, 395-411.

Pearson, D.A. (1993). Dual diagnosis in children: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Southwest Quarterly Review, 1, 1-3.

Pearson, D.A., & Lane, D.M. (1990). Reorientation in hyperactive and non-hyperactive children: Evidence for developmentally immature attention? In J.T. Enns (Ed.), Advances in Psychology, Vol. 69. The Development of Attention: Research and Theory, pp. 345-363. Amsterdam: Elsevier.


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