Lisa Thorell's research group

Cognitive processes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Lisa Thorells groups main research interests are cognitive control processes and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The main interest is in how cognitive processes such as inhibition and working memory in the preschool years are related to symptoms of ADHD in the later school years. Lisa Thorells group are also interested in how different cognitive processes develop across childhood, how they are related to one another and to symptoms of ADHD, as well as their relation to motivational and emotional factors (e.g., emotion regulation, delay aversion, reward/punishment, state regulation). Yet another focus is on possible treatments for children with externalizing problem behaviors such as ADHD and conduct problems. With regard to treatments, Lisa Thorells group has been involved in a project that has developed a computerized working memory training program for preschoolers and evaluation of parental training programs such as the Community Parent Education Program (COPE) in both clinical and non-clinical samples.

The research group is part of Stockholm Brain Institute.

Research projects

  • Preschool emotion regulation and ADHD
  • Early predictors for later development of ADHD-symptoms
  • Neuropsychological ability as an explanation for academic achievement in children and adolescents with ADHD.

Selected publications

Multiple deficits in ADHD: executive dysfunction, delay aversion, reaction time variability, and emotional deficits.
Sjöwall D, Roth L, Lindqvist S, Thorell L
J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2013 Jun;54(6):619-27

Parent-child attachment and executive functioning in relation to ADHD symptoms in middle childhood.
Thorell L, Rydell A, Bohlin G
Attach Hum Dev 2012 ;14(5):517-32

Do delay aversion and executive function deficits make distinct contributions to the functional impact of ADHD symptoms? A study of early academic skill deficits.
Thorell L
J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2007 Nov;48(11):1061-70

Training and transfer effects of executive functions in preschool children.
Thorell L, Lindqvist S, Bergman Nutley S, Bohlin G, Klingberg T
Dev Sci 2009 Jan;12(1):106-13

Heterogeneity in ADHD: neuropsychological pathways, comorbidity and symptom domains.
Wåhlstedt C, Thorell L, Bohlin G
J Abnorm Child Psychol 2009 May;37(4):551-64

Group members

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