As members of the ADHD, Irritability, and Mood Dysregulation treatment studies group, we seek to develop a better understanding of childhood emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as to develop new treatment approaches. By studying the interaction between physiological and psychological processes in children and adults, we hope to learn more about how specific brain functions can cause specific behaviors. This may ultimately lead us to design and evaluate more effective treatments, and to provide better diagnosis.
After seeing many children and adults in our clinical practices at UCLA struggle with ADHD and irritability, our new research interests involve further study of children and adolescents who have severe difficulties with chronic irritability, moodiness, restlessness, agitation, or distractibility. Some scientists are suggesting that these behaviors define a group of patients with a new condition called “Severe Mood Dysregulation” or “SMD.” SMD is not an official diagnosis, but research is underway to determine whether or not it should be considered a diagnosis and how it might be different from other emotional and behavioral conditions.
We hope to better serve individuals and families through research opportunities that target a child’s emotional and behavioral needs. If you are interested in participating in research regarding ADHD and/or Mood Dysregulation, contact us! You can also learn more about our interdisciplinary team by checking out the "Our Team" tab.