Join the NewPARIS Research Study!

Newborn Pittsburgh ADHD Risk in Infancy Study

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are partnering with expectant and new parents to learn more about attention development in babies of parents with and without ADHD. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

expecting a biological child OR delivered in last 4 weeks

both parents willing to participate

parents with & without ADHD

Compensation Provided

Conducted in Pittsburgh, PA

Study Background

Expectant and new parents are invited to join the Newborn Pittsburgh ADHD Risk in Infants Study. The NewPARIS study will examine attention in neonates, infants, and toddlers who do and do not have a parent with ADHD. This information will help us understand if babies born to parents with ADHD have differences in attention compared to babies of parents without ADHD.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder that affects many children and adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (trouble focusing), hyperactivity (excess movement or restlessness), and impulsivity (hasty actions that occur in the moment without thinking).

Outcomes from this study could provide information regarding the ability to detect risk for inattention in the first year of life. This is a critical first step towards the ultimate goal of early identification and intervention for children at risk for ADHD. Help advance research by joining our compensated study today!

Additional Information

The purpose of this research study is to assess attention in infancy to see if we can detect differences in attention of children born to parents with ADHD compared to children born to parents without ADHD.

We are enrolling families who are currently expecting a biological child. Half of our families will have a parent with ADHD or trouble with attention, and half of our families will not. If you have delivered a child within the last 4 weeks, you may still be eligible to participate.

Key Criteria:

  • Both parents willing to participate
  • Not expecting twins
  • Parents have no previous diagnoses of moderate-severe intellectual disability, schizophrenia, or autism spectrum disorder, or current major depressive disorder

There will be three study visits totaling approximately 6-8 hours, plus one follow-up questionnaire. The first visit will take place at our offices in Oakland (or over Zoom if you have already delivered your child). The second and third visits will take place in your home. The follow-up questionnaire will be completed online.

During the study visits, you and your child will complete attention tasks, you will complete online surveys, and you and your child will be videotaped while you play together. Developmental specialists will also assess your child’s developing cognitive and motor abilities.

Families who are eligible will be compensated up to $325 for study participation.

There is no cost for your family to participate.