Helping Adolescents with ADHD Succeed at School
Project Team: 
Steven Evans, PhD
Professor, Ohio University
Dawn Anderson-Bulcher, PhD
Professor, The Ohio State University
Stephen Marshall, MS
Doctoral Student, Ohio University
Joanne Sadley, MA
Doctoral Student, Ohio University
Rebecca Holthaus, MA
Principal, Chagrin Falls Middle School
Key Words: 
Middle School
Intervention Innovation

Adolescents with ADHD fail more courses, are much more likely to drop out of school, and have more discipline problems than students without the disorder. Young adults with ADHD are also less likely to pursue and graduate from college and more likely to be fired from jobs than their peers. Our education system spends considerable money to help these students, but research indicates that the services most often provided do not enhance their competencies or improve long-term outcomes. The Challenging Horizons Program (CHP) is a school-based intervention program developed by the PI of this proposal that has undergone over a decade of development and evaluation work. Evidence indicates that this program does improve the competencies of adolescents with ADHD and helps them independently meet age-appropriate academic and behavioral expectations. The most recent version of the CHP represents a significant improvement over previous models and was designed by the PI in collaboration with educators and school administrators at the Chagrin Falls Middle School (CFMS) near Cleveland. The first half of a pilot study was completed during 2012-2013 and this proposal requests funds to complete the pilot study, disseminate the results, and recruit other schools in Ohio to collaborate with the investigators in submitting federal grant proposals to conduct a large randomized trial. The intervention development research in this proposal constitutes an improvement and innovation to the services now provided to students with ADHD and represents a real chance to close the achievement gap and prepare future ready students.