for people ages 8-12 (full criteria)
at San Diego, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Dawn M Eichen, PhD



The pilot study will be a one group open-label treatment program and will be used to refine a parent-based behavioral treatment enhanced with executive-function training (PBT-EF) for children with comorbid overweight or obesity and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Official Title

Executive Function Enhanced Parent-Based Treatment for Children With ADHD and Overweight or Obesity


The currently recommended treatment for children with overweight or obesity (OW/OB), family-based behavioral treatment (FBT), results in sustained weight loss for only 1/3 of children. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in children and is characterized by difficulties in Executive Function (EF). Substantial research suggests higher rates of OW/OB in children with ADHD; thus, children with OW/OB and ADHD are likely to have greater difficulties with EF and achieving success in FBT. The proposed study aims to develop a parent-based behavioral treatment enhanced with EF training (PBT-EF) to improve treatment outcomes for children with comorbid OW/OB and ADHD. The treatment will be administered to parents in 18 group sessions over 5 months. Parents and children will be assessed at baseline, post-treatment, and 3-month follow-up. Assessments will include body mass index (BMI), assessments of executive function, and behavioral questionnaires. This study could provide a novel model to treat OW/OB in children with ADHD, and could inform clinical decision making regarding obesity treatment.


Overweight and Obesity, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, weight loss, executive function, parent-based treatment, Obesity, Overweight, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, PBT-EF


You can join if…

Open to people ages 8-12

  • Child with overweight or obesity (85-99.9% BMI for age),
  • Child age 8-12,
  • Child with a diagnosis of ADHD,
  • A parent willing to participate who can read and understand English at a minimum of a fifth-grade level, able to attend treatment sessions remotely via Zoom on video.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Current enrollment in an organized weight control program (parent and child)
  • Medication specifically prescribed for weight loss (child)
  • Medical or psychiatric condition that may interfere with treatment participation or that may require physician monitoring of diet and/or exercise (e.g., acute suicidality; psychosis; substance use disorder) (parent and child)
  • Change in psychotropic medication or other medication that may impact weight or ADHD symptoms during the previous 3 months (child)


  • UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) accepting new patients
    San Diego California 92037 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Dawn M Eichen, PhD
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics, Vc-health Sciences-schools. Authored (or co-authored) 51 research publications


accepting new patients
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University of California, San Diego
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Expecting 30 study participants
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