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Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

photo of AnastopoulosDr. Arthur Anastopoulos received a continuation of funding from the DOED Institute of Education Sciences for his project “Improving the Educational and Social Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.”

The number of young adults with ADHD pursuing college degrees has risen dramatically in the past 30 years, with current prevalence rates ranging between 5 and 8 percent. College students with ADHD are significantly more likely than their peers to have low and failing grades, to be placed on academic probation, and ultimately, to drop out of college.

Currently, colleges and universities primarily provide students with ADHD with accommodations, such as extended time on tests. Unfortunately, these services do not address the core difficulties shown to lead to impairment in college students with ADHD. A multi-site team set out to address this gap by working with stakeholders to develop an intervention for college students with ADHD – Accessing Campus Connections and Empowering Student Success (ACCESS) – that specifically targets the executive functioning and psychological functioning factors that impact educational functioning. To date, a detailed treatment manual has been developed and revised through an iterative process and a large open trial of ACCESS was recently completed.

The primary goal of this Goal 3 study is to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of the ACCESS intervention as compared to a delayed treatment control group and to assess moderators and mediators of intervention response.

Anastopoulos completed a bachelor’s degree in Child Study from Tufts University, a master’s in general-experimental psychology from Wake Forest University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Purdue University. He is director of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG.