Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D.

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RESEARCH AND BACKGROUND

Dr. Chronis-Tuscano’s research focuses broadly on understanding early predictors of developmental outcomes for children with Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and developing novel treatments which target these early risk and protective factors. Much of this research has addressed issues related to maternal parenting and psychopathology (namely, maternal depression and ADHD).

A secondary line of research, conducted in collaboration with faculty in Human Development, aims to examine the trajectory of young children displaying early behavioral inhibition, including the development of psychopathology, and to intervene by targeting key moderators of outcome (e.g., parenting and social relationships).

Dr. Chronis-Tuscano is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology; on the APA Division 12 Presidential Task Force on Enhancing Graduate Training in Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology; serves the Scientific Advisor to the NIMH Outreach Partnership with the State of Maryland; and is a member of the CHADD Professional Advisory Board. She is the recipient of multiple NIH grants and has served on the NIMH Interventions Committee for Children and their Families.

Andrea Chronis-Tuscano received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed a clinical internship at the University of Chicago. She joined the faculty of the University of Maryland-College Park in 2002. Dr. Chronis-Tuscano directs the Maryland ADHD Program.

Recent projects conducted by the Maryland Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Program directed by Dr. Chronis-Tuscano include: (1) the development and evaluation of an integrated parenting program for depressed mothers of children with ADHD; (2) examination of early predictors of developmental outcomes in a large sample of preschool-aged children with and without ADHD; and (3) development and evaluation of a parent-child intervention for families of inhibited preschool-aged children.

Selected Publications (italics denote student authors)

Chronis-Tuscano, A., O’Brien, K.A., Jones, H.A., Clarke, T.L., Raggi, V.L., Rooney, M.E., Johnston, C., Diaz, Y., Pian, J., & Seymour, K.E. (2011). Maternal ADHD Symptoms Predict Behavioral Parent Training Participation and Outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 1047-1057.

Chronis-Tuscano, A., Molina, B.S.G., Pelham, W.E., Applegate, B., Dahlke, A., Overmyer, M. & Lahey, B.B. (2010). Very early predictors of adolescent depression and suicide attempts in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 1044-1051.

Chronis-Tuscano, A., Degnan, K.A., Pine, D.S., Perez-Edgar, K., Henderson, H.A., Diaz, Y., et al. (2009).Stable early maternal report of behavioral inhibition predicts lifetime social anxiety in adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 49, 928-935.

Chronis, A.M., Lahey, B.B., Pelham, W.E., Williams, S.H., Baumann, B.L., Kipp, H., Jones, H.A., & Rathouz, P.J. (2007). Maternal depression and early positive parenting predict future conduct problems in young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Developmental Psychology, 43, 70-82.

Selected Grants

Parental ADHD & Parenting: Child Treatment Implications

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Type and Number: R03 MH70666-1 
  • Period: 4/1/04-9/30/05
  • Total Costs = $72,201

Summary: The aims of this study were: (1) to examine associations between maternal ADHD symptoms and self-reported and observed parenting behavior in 70 mothers of children with ADHD; and (2) to examine compliance with, participation in, and outcomes following behavioral treatment for child ADHD as a function of maternal ADHD symptoms.

 

Efficacy of ConcertaTM in Treating ADHD in Mothers of Children with ADHD

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Agency: McNeil Corporation
  • Type: Investigator-Initiated Trial
  • Period: 1/1/04-1/31/08
  • Total Costs = $106,111

Summary: This study involved a dose-response trial of Concerta(TM) methylphenidate for mothers of children with ADHD who had ADHD themselves. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of ConcertaTM in treating mothers with ADHD across measures of ADHD symptoms, impairment, and parenting.

 

Integrated Treatment for Depressed Mothers of ADHD Children

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Type and Number: R34 MH73567-01A1 
  • Period: 3/15/06-10/31/10
  • Total Costs = $646,102

Summary: The goals of this project were to develop and evaluate a novel, integrated approach to behavioral parent training for mothers of children with ADHD with elevated depressive symptoms in order to facilitate successful developmental and treatment outcomes for children with ADHD.

 

A Multi-Method Early Intervention Program for Inhibited and Anxious Preschoolers

  • Role: Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Ken Rubin, Ph.D.)
  • Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Type and Number: R34 MH83832-01A1 
  • Period: 2/01/10-11/30/12
  • Total Costs = $641,580

Summary: This project aims to develop, refine, and test a developmentally-grounded, multi-component early intervention program for inhibited/anxious preschoolers and their parents.

 

TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP

Dr. Chronis-Tuscano has a very active mentoring style. She meets individually with each of her doctoral students weekly (at minimum), and holds multiple lab meetings per week for ongoing projects. Her students are integrally involved in lab projects, but also encouraged to pursue their own interests related to developmental psychopathology and interventions research. Students of Dr. Chronis-Tuscano gain exposure to grant writing, manuscript preparation, and treatment development and evaluation. All of her doctoral students are encouraged to apply for individual research training grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Chronis-Tuscano remains involved with her former students after graduation, continuing to serve as a mentor in relation to research and professional development issues.

Courses Taught

  • Child Psychopathology (Graduate)
  • Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions with Children & Adolescents (Graduate)
  • Child Clinical Practicum (Graduate)
  • Abnormal Child Psychology (Undergraduate)

Current Graduate Students and Selected Student Placements

Dr. Chronis-Tuscano’s lab includes 4 doctoral students in the Clinical Program, one post-doctoral fellow, one full-time Research Assistant, and one part-time licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Chronis-Tuscano’s past students have completed clinical internships at top APA-accredited sites including Johns Hopkins University, University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Children’s National Medical Center. Post-doctoral fellowships have also been obtained at top clinical research institutions, including Brown University, New York University Child Study Center, UCSF, and CHOP, all in leading ADHD clinical research programs. Her former doctoral students are in tenure-track Assistant Professor positions at Virginia Commonwealth University and Johns Hopkins University; others are in non-tenure track Assistant Professor Positions at George Washington University and New York University Child Study Center. Six of her former trainees have received the NIH Loan Repayment Award.

Several Graduates from Dr. Chronis-Tuscano’s Lab at ABCT 2012