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Lens of the Peer Group: A Novel Perspective on Social Problems Among Youth with ADHD

Amori Mikami, PhD
Professor • Associate Head for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion • Department of Psychology • University of British Columbia

Up to 80% of youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face social difficulties such as marginalization, exclusion, peer rejection, and poor friendships. In this seminar, I propose that these social difficulties can only be adequately treated by considering an understudied perspective: the stigma, and negative reputational biases, that peers hold about youth with ADHD. I present research about interventions my lab has developed that harness the potential of parents and teachers to enhance peers’ inclusion of children with ADHD. I discuss future aspirations for my research program and the dissemination of these interventions in ways that reduce health inequities, including how my goals have synergy with initiatives and departments at UCSF. Finally, I explain how both my research program and professional service overseeing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at my university reflect my values about creating systems change that supports and celebrates diversity, and how I envision advancing this work in the future.


This special seminar presentation is intended for a professional audience only. It will not be recorded for later viewing.

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  • Katherine Fuller

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