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Current Research Projects

 Early Identification of ADHD in EHR 

This NIMH-funded project is conducted in partnership with Dr. Gordon Gao at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Shireen Atabaki at Children's National Hospital, and Dr. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano at the University of Maryland (R21MH128585; MPIs: Lui & Gao). We aim to 1) describe disparities in the frequency of ADHD screening, diagnosis, and healthcare utilization for children with ADHD, 2) develop an algorithm to predict ADHD phenotypes earlier than the typical age of diagnosis using electronic health record data, and 3) collaborate with stakeholders to develop an implementation roadmap to deploy the phenotyping algorithm in primary care. 

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A Novel Intervention for Adolescents with Persistent Disruptive Behaviors

This project is funded by the American Psychological Foundation (PI: Lui). Disruptive behaviors are common, impairing, and costly for youths, families, and society.

A subgroup of youths with disruptive behaviors has comorbid callous-unemotional (CU) traits, characterized by low empathy, remorse/guilt, and prosociality. This project aims to develop a novel intervention tailored to youths with disruptive behaviors and CU traits, utilizing a stakeholder participatory approach. We will pilot the intervention to examine preliminary feasibility and effectiveness. 

Mental Health Care Patterns in Los Angeles County

In collaboration with Dr. Anna Lau at UCLA, Dr. Lauren Brookman-Frazee at UCSD, and colleagues at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, we are examining patterns of inpatient and outpatient mental health care utilization and disparities in care among youths. We are also interested in identifying youth-, service-, and neighborhood-level predictors of utilization patterns and youth outcomes. 


Youth Psychiatric Emergencies and Follow-Up Care

In collaboration with UCLA and the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, this project examines youth- and neighborhood-level factors associated with the receipt of psychiatric emergencies among youths in Los Angeles County. We especially focus on understanding disparities in follow-up care among racial/ethnic-minoritized youths. 


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Centre for Clinical Research in Health (CCRH)

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Funding Support

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