ADHD (defined as an inability to focus, high levels of impulsivity and age-inappropriate hyperactivity) is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder (affecting around 5 % of children), with ~50 % of those affected continuing to experience symptoms into adulthood. There is a high level of comorbidity with other psychiatric disorders and increased risks of incarceration, death and disability from suicide, car accidents and misadventure. Using data from the censusADHD study a new richly-phenotyped nation-wide cohort of children with ADHD this project will examine the cost and impact of ADHD to families and the community.
The project will require a strong background in statistics and research methodology. Applicants with backgrounds in Psychology/Psychiatry, Statistics or Public Health are preferred.
Potential sub-projects include:
- assessing the health service usage and financial costs of ADHD
- assessing the impact of ADHD on individual and family level psychological and social functioning
- assessing the level and types of side effects associated with ADHD medication.
- Project is suitable for PhD or subsections could be Honours projects.