Arthur Anastopoulos Recorded Webinar: Adapting CBT to the Needs of College Students with ADHD
Recorded On: 04/29/2022
Original Air Date: April 29, 2022
College students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often display significant deficits in their academic and psychosocial functioning. Such impairments place students with ADHD at increased risk for future negative outcomes during their post-college adult years. Thus, it is critically important for this population to have ready access to evidence-based treatment while attending college. This presentation will begin by providing an overview of what is known about the impact of ADHD on the educational, emotional, social, and personal functioning of college students. Next, a conceptual framework for understanding the mechanisms underlying these outcomes will be presented. This will be followed by a brief review of currently available treatment options for this population. The remainder of this presentation will focus on a recently developed intervention known as ACCESS – Accessing Campus Connections and Empowering Student Success - to illustrate how cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies can be used to address the multiple treatment needs of college students with ADHD. This discussion of ACCESS will begin by addressing its conceptual underpinnings, its programmatic development and refinement, and the evidence in support of its efficacy derived from an initial open clinical trial and a recently completed multi-site randomized controlled trial. This will be followed by a detailed description of its therapeutic components, along with recommendations for how to implement ACCESS in various campus and off-campus settings.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Arthur D. Anastopoulos is currently a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). Dr. Anastopoulos received his B.A. in Child Study from Tufts University, his M.A. in General/Experimental Psychology from Wake Forest University, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University. As part of his doctoral training, Dr. Anastopoulos completed a one-year clinical internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he received specialty training in both Pediatric Psychology and Cognitive Therapy. He began his career as a Staff Psychologist in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Thereafter, he held a nine-year joint appointment in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where he also served as Chief of the ADHD Clinic founded by Dr. Russell A. Barkley. Since joining the faculty at the UNCG in 1995, Dr. Anastopoulos has directed a nationally recognized ADHD Clinic that has provided state-of-the-art clinical services, clinical training for graduate students from multiple disciplines, and opportunities for participation in clinical research. An active researcher, Dr. Anastopoulos has been an investigator on numerous research grants, including serving as the lead Principal Investigator on two recently completed projects: a 5-year multi-site NIMH funded study entitled, “Longitudinal Outcome of College Students with ADHD,” and a 4-year IES funded multi-site project entitled “Improving the Educational and Social-Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.” Dr. Anastopoulos regularly presents his findings at national and international scientific meetings and has published 90 journal articles, book chapters, and books related to the clinical management of ADHD across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for this population. Dr. Anastopoulos has also given more than 250 invited ADHD presentations to various parent groups and educators, as well as medical and mental health professionals.
Based on the content of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify 3 domains of college life functioning commonly impacted by ADHD
- Discuss how a “perfect storm” conceptualization helps to explain the challenges faced by college students with ADHD
- List the 3 therapeutic components of the ACCESS program hypothesized to be clinical change mechanisms
- Describe 3 ways in which symptom presentation/daily functioning may improve following participation in ACCESS
ACCESS website - Home | Access Project (uncg.edu)
Anastopoulos, A.D., Langberg, J.M., Eddy, L.D., Silvia, P.J., & Labban, J.D. (2021). A randomized controlled trial examining CBT for college students with ADHD. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89 (1), 21–33. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp000...
Anastopoulos, A.D., Langberg, J.M., Besecker, L.H., & Eddy, L.D. (2020). CBT for College Students with ADHD - A Clinical Guide to ACCESS. Springer.
Anastopoulos, A.D., DuPaul, G.J., Weyandt, L.L., Morrissey-Kane, E., Sommer, J.L., Rhoads, L.H., Murphy, K.R., Gormley, M.J., & Gudmundsdottir, B.G. (2018). Rates and patterns of comorbidity among first-year college students with ADHD. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 47, 236–247. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2015.1105137
DuPaul, G.J., Gormley, M.J., Anastopoulos, A.D., Weyandt, L.L., Labban, J., Sass, A.J., Busch, C.Z., Franklin, M.K., & Postler, K.B. (2021). Academic trajectories of college students with and without ADHD: Predictors of four-year outcomes. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2020.1867990
He, J., & Antshel, K. (2017). Cognitive behavioral therapy for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in college students: A review of the literature. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24, 152–173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpr...
About the Moderator: Lily Brown, PhD, is Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and clinical work focuses on the intersection of anxiety and suicide risk.
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