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Research and Education for ADHD in Childhood Development

Dr. George DuPaul is Professor of School Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at Lehigh University. He has been an author or co-author on over 240 journal articles and book chapters as well as 10 books and two videos related to ADHD and pediatric school psychology. Dr. DuPaul was School Psychologist of the Year in Pennsylvania in 1999, was the recipient of the 2008 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and was named to the Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) Hall of Fame in 2008. His primary research interests include school-based intervention for students with ADHD, early intervention for young children at-risk for ADHD, and assessment and treatment of ADHD in college students. He also has strong interests in integrated behavioral health and pediatric school psychology. Dr. DuPaul has chaired dissertations for 37 doctoral students at Lehigh, has advised over 25 educational specialist degree recipients, and currently is mentoring 10 doctoral, 1 educational specialist, and 2 undergraduate students.


Aliza Jaffe Sass is a sixth year doctoral student in the School Psychology program, where she is also pursuing the subspeciality in pediatric psychology. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Education Studies. Aliza’s research interests include assessment and intervention for ADHD in emerging adulthood, as well as the promotion of integrated behavioral health services for children with chronic medical and behavioral health conditions. Aliza is currently a pediatric psychology extern at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/A I DuPont Hospital for Children. She will soon begin her pre-doctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the 2020-2021 year. Contact: arj215@lehigh.edu


Chelsea Busch is a seventh year doctoral student in the School Psychology program specializing in pediatric psychology. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, where she earned her a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Creative Nonfiction. Chelsea’s research interests include substance use behaviors in young adults with ADHD as well as the integration of psychology services into pediatric primary care in underserved patient populations. Chelsea is completing her dissertation examining the relationship between psychological distress and substance use behaviors of college students with and without ADHD, and she is currently a pediatric psychology extern at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. She will be completing her pre-doctoral psychology internship at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children during the 2020-2021 academic year with an anticipated graduation from Lehigh University in May 2021. Contact: chz213@lehigh.edu


Kristen Kipperman is a sixth year doctoral student in the School Psychology program specializing in pediatric psychology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2012, where she earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development. Kristen’s research interests include parent engagement in intervention for children and adolescents with ADHD. Her dissertation is using a person-centered approach to identify profiles within families participating in a school-based intervention for adolescents with ADHD. It aims to determine whether profile membership and/or implementation fidelity predicts parent engagement in intervention. She hopes to expand this area of interest into pediatric populations experiencing chronic medical conditions. Currently, Kristen is a pediatric psychology extern at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. She will be completing her predoctoral psychology internship at MetroHealth Medical Center during the 2020-2021 academic year with an anticipated graduation from Lehigh University in May 2021. Contact: klk415@lehigh.edukristenkipperman@gmail.com


Molly Daffner-Deming is a sixth year doctoral student in the School Psychology program specializing in pediatric psychology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University in 2011, where she earned a bachelor’s degree double majoring in Psychology and Theology, with a minor in Biology. Molly’s research interests include evidenced-based and family-based interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also interested in exploring how to best support children and families during major developmental transition periods. For her master’s thesis, she investigated the efficacy of a sibling-mediated intervention for increasing positive social behaviors of children with ADHD. For her dissertation, Molly is examining the influence of background characteristics, pre-college achievement, and college integration variables on the academic functioning of college freshmen with ADHD. Currently, Molly is a pediatric psychology extern at the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts Medical Center. She will be completing her predoctoral psychology internship at Harvard Medical School/Judge Baker Children’s Center during the 2020-2021 academic year with an anticipated graduation from Lehigh University in May 2021. Contact: mod215@lehigh.edu 


Courtney Cleminshaw  is a fifth year doctoral student in the school psychology program at Lehigh University, pursuing a sub-specialization in pediatric school psychology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in human development from Lehigh University. Courtney’s research interests include interventions for ADHD and co-occurring disruptive behavior disorders, self- and emotion-regulation, social functioning and peer relationships, the intersection of externalizing behaviors and pediatric health risk, and integrated primary care. Courtney has completed practicum and externship training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, St. Luke’s University Health Network pediatric primary care, and various school districts throughout the Lehigh Valley. Contact: clc316@lehigh.edu


Alicia Chunta  is a third year doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a B.A. in psychology. Her research and practical interests include the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for children with ADHD and other behavioral challenges, child/parent/teacher self-efficacy and the role it plays in treatment outcomes, parent education groups, and school-wide positive behavioral support. Contact: amc718@lehigh.edu 

 


Jae Hyung Ahn  is a third year doctoral student in the school psychology program, specializing in Pediatric School Psychology. She holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Korea University. She worked as an RA at the Brain and Motivation Research Institute (bMRI) for two years, and she is currently working as an academic coach at the Lehigh Disability Support Services. Her main areas of interest are: 1) cognition, emotion, and motivation on school functioning in children and adolescents with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions, and 2) empowerment of children and adolescents with chronic health conditions and their families. Contact: jaa318@lehigh.edu


Amanda Nelson is a second year doctoral student in the school psychology program with a research emphasis in pediatric psychology. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her research interests include the relationship between sleep and ADHD in adolescence, and the impact these two components have on academic and behavioral functioning. Contact: amn219@lehigh.edu

 

 


Eliana Rosenthal is a second year doctoral student in the school psychology program and in the pediatric health track. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. After college, she worked as an RA at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management for three years. Her research interests include the psychosocial and academic effects of having a sibling with disruptive behavior problems and reducing sibling conflict. She is also interested in parent and sibling interventions for families raising a child with disruptive behavior problems.  Contact: elr319@lehigh.edu 


Sara Franklin Gillette  is a second year doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2019 with a BA in Psychology. Her research interests include school and community-based interventions for children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders, and the impact of social dynamics in intervention settings on program outcomes. Contact: srf419@lehigh.edu

 

 


Hi Jae Jung is a first year doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated from Sungkyunkwan University (Korea) with a B.A. in Psychology and Child Psychology and Education and an M.A. in Child Psychology and Education. As a student, she worked at the Mindcare Institute of Korea as an Attention Program Trainer/Tutor, and helped students with ADHD, ASD, and other learning disorders adjust to school. Her research interests include school adjustment for students with SEBD, neurodevelopmental disorders, or learning disorders. She is also interested in protective factors–provided at the school or through family-school cooperation–that would support their resilience and school life. Contact: hij220@lehigh.edu


Corinne Zimmerman is a first year student in the Educational Specialist school psychology program.  She graduated from West Chester University in 2019 with a major in psychology.  During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the West Chester University Whole Family Biopsychology Lab.  Corinne’s research interests include educational parental interventions for children with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  

Contact: cez220@lehigh.edu


Anoushka Shah is a second year undergraduate student at Lehigh University, studying Cognitive Sciences with a concentration in Cognition Studies. Anoushka is extremely passionate about research, focusing on mental health and learning disabilities



   Zaed Siddiqui is a senior at Emmaus High School. He hopes to gain experience in a professional research setting and involve himself in various community research opportunities. His interests include neurology and he has a general research interest in ADHD. Zaed is also passionate about becoming a physician.