Kristen Sinagra '22, a Health Sciences major, is presenting her research at the 2022 Grimes Undergraduate Research Competition.
Her research title is: Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Have a Greater Likelihood of Comorbid Depression
Please describe your research in non-technical language. How did you become interested in your research subject?
I researched the likelihood of children with ADHD also having depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric disorders among middle school aged children. I have a personal interest in this field and had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Trish Kelshaw on a meaningful study.
What are the most interesting findings from your research?
Children with ADHD were 6 times more likely to report having a coexisting psychiatric disorder (including depression and anxiety) than children without ADHD. Girls were over 5 times more likely, and boys were nearly 10 times more likely to report having a coexisting psychiatric disorder than girls and boys without ADHD.