College Aged Substance Use in Educational Settings: Outcomes for Students with ADHD

Led by Dr. Matthew GormleyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln

Study Overview:

The CASE4ADHD project aims to elucidate substance use among college students with rigorously defined ADHD enrolled in 2- and 4-year institutions and its relationship to educational outcomes.

Specific Aims:

(Aim 1): Determine the relationship between frequency of substance use and academic functioning for first-year college students with ADHD enrolled at 2-year and 4-year institutions.

(Aim 2): Identify factors associated with substance use initiation, persistence, and cessation.

(Aim 3): Identify differences in substance use and academic functioning among students with ADHD enrolled in 2- and 4- year institutions.

Study Sample Population:

N=100 college students meeting diagnostic criteria for ADHD.

Unique Study Procedures:

This project will use response ecological momentary time sampling using the Open Dynamic Interaction Network software platform to collect detailed data regarding student’s academic and substance-use behaviors.

Long-Term Goals:

The long-term goal of CASE4ADHD is to limit harm related to substance use and facilitate academic, social, and vocational success for all college students with ADHD.

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Matthew Gormley

Dr. Matthew GormleyPROJECT Director

Dr. Gormley is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His research focuses on improving academic outcomes for students at-risk for, or diagnosed with, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with a focus in two areas: (a) supporting students with ADHD across grade-level (e.g., 3rd to 4th grade) transitions, and (b) supporting students with ADHD as they transition to and complete their college education.

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Project Leaders

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Tim Nelson

Tim NelsonMentor

Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas in 2008 following a clinical internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He subsequently completed his post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology in the Stanford University School of Medicine before joining the UNL faculty in 2009. He has served as the Associate Director of Clinical Training at UNL since 2012.

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Susan Sheridan

Susan SheridanMentor

Susan Sheridan is the Director of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) and the Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activity for the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL. Her research focuses on family engagement, family-school partnerships, social-behavioral intervention strategies, and early childhood education and development. Dr. Sheridan has received more than $65 million in federal, state, and local grants to support her research. She also has a track record in mentoring early career faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students through both formal (grant-funded) and informal means.

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