Primary Care Prevention of Stimulant Diversion by High School Students with ADHD

Supervising Faculty:
Brooke Molina, Ph.D.


Contact:
Heidi Kipp, MEd, LPC
kipphl@upmc.edu
412-246-5661

Area of Research: Psychiatry (ADHD, Substance Use)

Description of Research:
This study addresses the marked increase in diversion (selling, sharing, loaning, or trading) of prescription stimulant medications by adolescents in pediatric primary care treatment for ADHD. In complete absence of any standardized clinical strategies or interventions to prevent or decrease stimulant diversion, this project will develop pragmatic, testable, and highly disseminable strategies within the primary care provider:patient relationship with the ultimate goal of reducing stimulant diversion by adolescents and the accompanying negative consequences such as adverse medical and legal outcomes.

Duties of Students:
Students will assist with subject recruitment, participant surveys, data management and data analysis.  They will attend biweekly journal club and research meetings. They will also have exposure to additional research conducted in the lab and may be able to participate in pediatric practice training activities.

Requirements:
Students must complete the following prerequisites before the start of PSY 1903:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100- Statistics
  • PSY 0035- Research Methods in Psychology

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Number of Students: 1-2