Date of Award

Summer 7-12-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy - School Psychology


Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Luis Aguerrevere

Second Advisor

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Third Advisor

Dr. Elaine Turner

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Laura Cooper


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders across the world. Currently, treatment for ADHD mostly consists of either medication or behavioral therapy or a combination of both. However, research has shown that medication used as therapy for the treatment of ADHD has side effects which parents deem undesirable for their children. Therefore, recent research has focused on patient and parent preferences. Studies have found that behavioral or other treatment options may often be chosen over medications. These same studies have documented the characteristics of parents that prefer certain treatments for their children. The purpose of this study is to investigate parent treatment preferences as it relates to medication and brain-based treatment options. The results of a treatment preference survey describe three groups of parents, Medication-Based, Brain-Based, and Open parents. Results were also indicative of certain factors that influence parent treatment choice for their children with ADHD. This study seeks to provide clinicians with a better understanding of patient and parent preferences, how to navigate presenting new treatment options, and to provide information on parents’ willingness to choose brain-based or other treatments for their children.

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