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Clinical neuropsychology of adult ADHD

Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with onset in childhood, that persists into adulthood in a considerable proportion of patients. Whereas overt behavioral disturbances are more strongly associated with childhood ADHD, cognitive inefficiency is reported to be more pronounced in the adult form of the disorder. Intact cognitive functioning is crucial for many aspects of daily living and successful functioning in our society. Adequate assessment and treatment of cognitive dysfunctions is therefore of particular importance in adults with ADHD. In this research line, we aim to (1) characterize cognitive (dys)functions of adults with ADHD by using a wide range of neuropsychological assessment tools, (2) determine the consequences of cognitive impairments of adults with ADHD for daily functioning, and (3) develop and evaluate innovative treatment strategies to improve cognition and daily functioning of adults with ADHD. Particular emphasis in our research is given to the development and evaluation of neuropsychological instruments that can be used to detect noncredible cognitive performance. Noncredible cognitive performance is frequently seen in the clinical evaluation of adult ADHD, and may indicate the intentional production of symptoms and impairments, also referred to as malingering.

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
  • dr. A.B.M. (Anselm) Fuermaier, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
  • dr. L.I. (Lara) Tucha, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
  • dr. J. (Janneke) Koerts, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
  • dr. Y. (Yvonne) Groen, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
  • A.E. (Anne) den Heijer, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
  • C.M (Marah) Butzbach, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
  • prof. dr. O.M. (Oliver) Tucha, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Matthias Weisbrod, University of Heidelberg
  • Steffen Aschenbrenner, SRH Clinic Karlsbad
  • Christian Mette, University of Bochum

Education

Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • Detection of feigned adult ADHD
  • Neuropsychological assessment of adult ADHD: A Delphi study
  • ADHD in adulthood: Opinions, attitudes, and stimulant (mis)use
  • Cognitive functioning of adult ADHD
  • Social cognition of individuals with ADHD
  • Effects of Whole Body Vibration on cognition in individuals with ADHD
  • Assessment of attention in adult ADHD: The Everyday Life Attention Scale

Results

Publications
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, O., Koerts, J., Grabski, M., Lange, K.W., Weisbrod, M., Aschenbrenner, S., & Tucha, L. (2016). The development of an Embedded Figures Test for the detection of feigned attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adulthood. PLoS ONE, 11(10), e0164297.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Weisbrod, M., Lange, K.W., Aschenbrenner, S., & Tucha, O. (2016). Effects of methylphenidate on memory functions of adults with ADHD. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, DOI: 10.1080/23279095.2015.1124108.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Weisbrod, M., Grabemann, M., Zimmermann, M., Mette, C., Aschenbrenner, S., & Tucha, O. (2016). Evaluation of the CAARS infrequency index for the detection of noncredible ADHD symptom report in adulthood. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34(8), 739-750.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Aschenbrenner, S. & Tucha, O. (2016). Vienna Test System (VTS): The Groningen Effort Test (GET). Vienna, Austria: SCHUHFRIED.
  • Den Heijer , A.E., Groen, Y., Tucha , L., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Koerts, J., Lange, K.W., Thome , J. & Tucha, O. (2016). Sweat it out? The effects of physical exercise on cognition and behavior in children with ADHD: A systematic literature review. Journal of Neural Transmission, doi: 10.1007/s00702-016-1593-7.
  • Gmehlin, D., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Walther, S., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Lange, K.W., Tucha, O., Weisbrod, M., & Aschenbrenner, S. (2016). Attentional lapses of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in tasks of sustained attention. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31(4), 343-57.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, O., Stenger, H., Koerts, J., Aschenbrenner, S., & Tucha, L. (2016). Test Manual: The Groningen Effort Test (GET). Vienna, Austria: SCHUHFRIED.
  • Busch, C., Tucha, L., Talarovicova, A., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Lewis-Evans, B., & Tucha, O. (2016). Animal-assisted interventions for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A theoretical review and consideration of future research directions. Psychological Reports, 118(1), 292-331.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., de Vries, S.M., Koerts, J., van Heuvelen, M.J.G., van der Zee, E.A. & Tucha, O. (2016). Whole body vibration as nieuwe behandeling voor cognitieve disfuncties bij ADHD? Neuropraxis, 20(1), 34-42.
  • Den Heijer, A.E., Groen, Y., Fuermaier, A.B.M., van Heuvelen, M.J.G., van der Zee, E.A., Tucha, L., & Tucha, O. (2015). Acute effects of Whole Body Vibration on inhibition in healthy children. PLoS ONE, 10(11), e0140665.
  • Tucha, L.*, Fuermaier, A.B.M.*, Koerts, J., Buggenthin, R., Aschenbrenner, S., Weisbrod, M., Thome, J., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2015). Sustained attention in adult ADHD: Time-on-task effects of various measures of attention. Journal of Neural Transmission, DOI 10.1007/s00702-015-1426-0, (*shared first authorship).
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Hauser, J., Kaunzinger, I., Aschenbrenner, S., Weisbrod, M., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2015). Cognitive impairment in adult ADHD - Perspective matters! Neuropsychology, 29(1), 45-58.
  • Tucha, L., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Koerts, J., Groen, Y. & Thome, J. (2015). Detection of feigned attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Neural Transmission, 122(1), 123-134.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Aschenbrenner, S., Weisbrod, M., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2014). Cognitive complaints of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(7), 1104-1122.
  • Gmehlin, D., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Walther, S., Debelak, R., Rentrop, M., Westermann, C., Sharma, A., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Tucha, O., Weisbrod, M. & Aschenbrenner, S. (2014). Intraindividual variability in inhibitory function in adults with ADHD - An ex-Gaussian approach. PLoS ONE, 9(12), e112298.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., van Heuvelen, M.J.G., Van der Zee, E.A., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2014). Good vibrations – Effects of Whole Body Vibration on attention in healthy individuals and individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e90747.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., van den Bos, M., Regterschot, G.R.H., Zeinstra, E.B., van Heuvelen, M.J.G., Van der Zee, E.A., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2014). Whole Body Vibration improves cognitive functions of an adult with ADHD. ADHD Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, 6(3), 211-220.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Mueller, A.K., Koerts, J., Hauser, J., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2014). Stigmatization in teachers towards adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, SpringerPlus, 3(26).
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2014). Het signaleren van het simuleren van ADHD bij volwassenen, Neuropraxis, 18(3), 106-114.
  • Regterschot, G.R.H., Van Heuvelen, M.J.G., Zeinstra, E.B., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L, Koerts, J., Tucha, O. & Van der Zee, E.A. (2014). Whole Body Vibration improves cognition in healthy young adults. PLoS ONE, 9(6), e100506.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Aschenbrenner, S., Weisbrod, M., Lange, K.W., & Tucha, O. (2013). Source discrimination in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. PLoS ONE, 8(5), e65134.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Aschenbrenner, S., Westermann, C., Weisbrod, M., Lange, K.W., & Tucha, O. (2013). Complex prospective memory in adult patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58338.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2013). Het signaleren van simulanten in de neuropsychologische praktijk. Neuropraxis, 17(5), 124-132.
  • Tucha, L., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Koerts, J., Aschenbrenner, S., Lange, K.W. & Tucha, O. (2013). Test manual: Neuropsychological test battery for the assessment of cognitive functions in adult ADHD (CFADHD).Vienna, Austria: Schuhfried.
  • Tucha, L., Fuermaier, A.B.M., Aschenbrenner, S. & Tucha, O. (2013). Vienna Test System (VTS): Neuropsychological test battery for the assessment of cognitive functions in adult ADHD (CFADHD). Vienna, Austria: Schuhfried.
  • Fuermaier A.B.M., Tucha L., Koerts J., Mueller A.K., Lange K.W., & Tucha, O. (2012). Measurement of stigmatization towards adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. PLoS ONE, 7(12), e51755.
  • Fuermaier, A.B.M., Tucha, L., Koerts, J., & Tucha, O. (2012). Structureel en functioneel onderzoek bij volwassenen met ADHD. In A.M.D.N. van Lammeren, E.H. Horwitz & C.E.J. Ketelaars (Eds.), Volwassenen met ADHD (pp. 47-66). Assen: Van Gorcum.
  • Mueller, A.K.*, Fuermaier, A.B.M.*, Koerts, J., & Tucha, L. (2012). Stigma in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 4(3), 101-114. (*shared first authorship).

Main research theme

Explanation, Prevention, and Treatment of Mental Disorders

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