Newborn PARIS

Principal Investigator: Heather Joseph, DO

Funding Source: The National Institute of Mental Health

The Newborn Pittsburgh ADHD Risk in Infancy Study (NewPARIS) will examine attention in neonates, infants, and toddlers who do and do not have a parent with ADHD. This information will help us understand if babies born to parents with ADHD have differences in attention compared to babies of parents without ADHD. Outcomes from this study could provide information regarding the ability to detect risk for inattention in the first year of life. This is a critical first step towards the ultimate goal of early identification and intervention for children at risk for ADHD.

For more information about the NewPARIS study, please fill out the contact form below, call or text 412-420-8309, or send an email to PARISstudy@upmc.edu.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What will I be asked to do for the study?
There will be three study visits totaling approximately 6-8 hours, plus one follow-up questionnaire. The first visit will take place at our offices in Oakland; the second and third visits will take place in your home; the follow-up questionnaire will be completed online. During the study visits, you and your child will complete attention tasks, you will complete online surveys, and you and your child will be videotaped while you play together.  Developmental specialists will also assess your child’s developing cognitive and motor abilities.

Is there a cost to participate?
There is no cost to participate. Families who are eligible will be compensated up to $325 for study participation.

Who may participate?
We are enrolling families who are currently expecting a biological child. Half of our families will have a parent with ADHD or trouble with attention, and half of our families will not. 

How do I participate?
To get more information or to be screened for the study, please text “MORE INFO” to 412-420-8309 or email PARISstudy@upmc.edu.

About ADHD
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental  disorder that affects many children and adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (trouble focusing), hyperactivity (excess movement or restlessness) and impulsivity (hasty actions that occur in the moment without thinking). For more information about and resources for ADHD, visit our website resources page.