Carmen Keith Conners, PhD


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Professor Emeritus of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Child & Fam Mental Health & Dev Neuro
Rm 190, 718 Rutherford
Durham, NC 27705
Office Telephone:
(336) 597-4770
  • PhD, Harvard University, 0
Research Interests:
The focus of our research is on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. We are pursuing this interest in several related projects. In the NIMH National MTA Study, a cooperative agreement between NIMH and 6 university sites we are beginning the first year of data collection. This study involves 96 7 to 9 year old children who will be randomly assigned to 4 treatment groups (psychosocial, medication, combined treatment, and community control) and treated over a 2 year period. The intensive psychosocial treatment consists of parent training, paraprofessional classroom aides who deliver a behavioral program in the classroom, and a summer treatment program. We are also investigating new pharmacologic treatments including transdermal delivery of buspirone, nicotine agonists, and MAO-B inhibitors. In other clinical studies we are evaluating central mechanisms of attention with new neurocognitive tests.