Pediatric Neuropsychology

Pediatric Neuropsychology Research

Current research projects within the Pediatric Neuropsychology Program include:

  • Exploration of the relationship between attentional difficulties and new onset seizures in children.
  • Late effects of childhood cancer treatment
  • Participation in a multi-site study looking at the long-term neurocognitive effects of childhood cancer treatment 
  • Examination of the factors associated with family burden for neurocognitive late effects from childhood cancer

An Active Research Program

The Pediatric Neuropsychology Program has an active research program, focused on the effects of childhood medical and neurological conditions.

Studies Seeking Participants: Help Us Understand the ADHD Brain

Research teams at Bradley Hospital are seeking teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 with ADHD to help us achieve our long-term goal to develop brain-based treatments for teens with ADHD.

Learn about the Studies

Clinical Trial of Brain Stimulation For ADHD

  • What is this study about? We are investigating whether magnetic brain stimulation can change dysfunctional brain dynamics and, subsequently, improve ADHD clinical symptoms in teenagers.
  • Why participate? Your child may experience a temporary improvement in ADHD-related symptoms.
  • Participant must be able to attend 24 study visits that involve brain imaging, brain stimulation, and cognitive tasks.

Study to Better Understand the ADHD Brain

  • What is this about study about? We are investigating the brain regions involved in ADHD-related attentional problems and whether magnetic brain stimulation can change dysfunctional brain dynamics.
  • Why participate? Your child may contribute valuable information on the neuroscience of ADHD.
  • Participant must be able to attend four (4) study visits that involve brain imaging, brain stimulation, and cognitive tasks. 

Participants in either study may help us develop treatments for teens who have ADHD in the future, and will be compensated for their participation.

Who's Eligible?

Your teenager may be eligible for either study if he or she:

  • Is 13 to 18 years old
  • Has been diagnosed with ADHD
  • Experiences ongoing difficulties with attention or memory
  • Speaks English
  • Does not have medical conditions contraindicated for brain stimulation

For more information on both studies, please contact Brian Kavanaugh, PsyD at 401-432-1359 or email bkavanaugh@lifespan.org.

Recent Research and Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Trask, C.L., & Peterson, C.C. (2016). Educational Issues: The Impact of Cancer in the Classroom. A. Abrams, A. Muriel & L. Wiener (Eds). Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: Textbook for Multi-disciplinary Care (pp. 175-198). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Kavanaugh, BC, Scarborough, VR,; Salorio, CF (2016). Cumulative risk for poor outcomes in childhood epilepsy and the epilepsy cumulative risk scale (ECR-Scale). Journal of Child Neurology, 31, 831-836.

Kavanaugh, BC, Dupont-Frechette, JA, Tellock, PP, Maher, ID, Haisley, LD, & Koller KA (2016). Neurocognitive phenotypes in severe childhood psychiatric disorders. The Journal of Mental and Nervous Disease.

Kavanaugh, B, Holler, K, Selke, G (2015). A neuropsychological profile of childhood maltreatment within an adolescent inpatient sample. Applied Neuropsychology: Child, 4, 9-19.

Kavanaugh, BC, Scarborough, VR, & Salorio CF (2015). Parent-rated emotional-behavioral and executive functioning in childhood epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, 42, 22-28.

Whitlow PG, Caparas M, Cullen P, Trask, C, Schulte F, Embry L, Nagarajan, R, Johnston DL, Sung, L. (2015). Strategies to improve success of pediatric cancer cooperative group quality of life studies: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Qual Life Research, 24, 1297-1301.

Wilcox BJ, Wilkins MM, Basseches B, Schwartz JB, Kerman K, Trask C, Brideau H, Crisco JJ. (in press). Joint-Specific Play Controller for Upper Extremity Therapy: Feasibility Study in Children With Wrist Impairment. Phys Ther. Book Chapters

Hoag, J., Kupst, M., Briere, M. Mabbott, D., Elkin, T.D., Trask, C., Isenberg, J., Holm, S., Ambler, C., Strother, D.R. (2014). Feasibility of conducting long-term follow-up of children and infants treated for CNS tumors on the same cooperative group clinical trial protocol. The Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (JOCS): 21, 136-143.

Kavanaugh, B Holler, K (2014). Executive functioning and self-reported depressive symptoms within an adolescent inpatient population. Applied Neuropsychology: Child, 3, 126-134.

Mandelbaum, D. & Trask, C.L. (2008). Cognitive side effects of antiepileptic drugs. Pellock et al. (Ed.), Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy, Third Edition. New York: Demos.

Trask, C.L., Greene Welch, J., Manley, P., Jelalian, E., Schwartz, C.L. (2009). Parental Needs for Information Related to Neurocognitive Late Effects from Pediatric Cancer and Its Treatment. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 52, 273-279.

Tremont, G., Davis, J.D., & Trask, C. (2010). Lifespan aspects of endocrine disorders. S. Hunter & J. Donders (Eds)., Principles and practice of lifespan developmental neuropsychology (pp. 409-426). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Abstracts and Presentations

Trask, C.L., Donelan, J., Kavanaugh, B, & Welch, J. (2016). Academic Implications of Neurocognitive Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment. Poster presentation at the American Psycho-Oncology Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016.

Kavanaugh, BC, Jones, J, Correia, S, Blum, A, LaFrance, W, & Davis, J. (2016). Differential relationship between depression and white matter integrity in adult versus child onset temporal lobe epilepsy.  Journal of the Neuropsychological Society.

Kavanaugh, B, Dupont-Frechette, J, Tellock, P, Maher, I, Haisley, L, & Holler, K (2015). Perceptual reasoning and cognitive flexibility predict Rey Complex Figure test performance within a children’s inpatient psychiatric program. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30, 546.

Trask, C.L. (2014, April). Attention, Executive Function, and Epilepsy. Invited presentation for the Learn and Share Conference Calls by the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, Southfield, MI.

Trask, C.L. (2014, October). Cognitive Needs in Sickle Cell Disease: What to Know and What to Do. 5th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Symposium: A Comprehensive Approach to Pain in Sickle Cell Disease, Worcester, MA.

Kavanaugh, B, Welch, JG, Selke, G, & Trask, CL (2014). The association between emotional-behavioral functioning and attention and executive functions in CNS-directed pediatric cancer treatment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(S1), 5.

Faust, M, Selke, G., & Trask, C.L. (2012). Fatigue: Relationship to inattention and emotional liability in pediatric cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 21(S1), 37.

Trask, C. L. & Faust, M. (2011) . Neurocognitive Late Effects: The Need for Greater Outreach to the Schools. Psycho-Oncology, 20 (S1), 75.

Trask, C.L., Greene Welch, J.J., Manley, P., Jelalian, E., & Schwartz, C.L. (2008). Parental Perception Of Risk For Neurocognitive Late Effects From Pediatric Cancer Treatment. Psycho-Oncology, 17 (S1), S76.

Greene Welch, J.J., Trask, C.L., & Schwartz, C.L. (2008). Parents’ Use of the Internet Related to Their Child’s Cancer Diagnosis. Psycho-Oncology, 17 (S1), S77.

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Must be between the ages of 13 and 17 to be eligible for this study.

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