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Daniel A. Waschbusch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Center for Children & Families and the Departments of Pediatrics & Psychology
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (1998)
Office: 106 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Phone: 716-829-2244 x. 114
Url: Center for Children and Families

Summary of Research Interests:

Dr. Waschbusch’s research focuses on gaining a better understanding of the nature and treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and conduct disorder (CD), collectively known as the disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs). He has pursued this general area using a developmental psychopathology framework that emphasizes the understanding of both normal and abnormal developmental processes. Within this general area of interest, some of the specific topics he is currently examining include: (a) the role of psychopathic traits as a moderator of the DBDs; (b) treatment effects on the social and cognitive information processing of children with DBDs; (c) the nature and treatment of peer relationships in children with DBDs; (d) school based interventions for children with DBDs; (e) using marketing research techniques to disseminate knowledge of empirically supported treatments of the DBDs; and (f) development and evaluation of measures of the DBDs.

Representative Publications

•Waschbusch, D. A., & Willoughby, M. T. (2008). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and callous-unemotional traits as moderators of conduct problems when examining aggression and impairment in elementary school children. Aggressive Behavior, 34, 139-153.

•Waschbusch, D. A., Carrey, N. J., Willoughby, M. T., King, S., & Andrade, B. F. (2007). Effects of methylphenidate and behavior modification on the social and academic behavior of young children with disruptive behavior disorders: The moderating role of callous/unemotional traits. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 629-644.

•Waschbusch, D. A., Craig, R., Pelham, W. E., & King, S. (2007). Self-handicapping prior to academic-oriented tasks in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Medication effects and comparisons with controls. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 275-286.

Waschbusch, D. A., & Elgar, F. J. (2007). Development and validation of the Conduct Disorder Rating Scale. Assessment, 14, 65-74.

•Waschbusch, D. A., Walsh, T. M., Andrade, B. F., King, S., & Carrey, N. (2007). Social problem solving, conduct problems, and callous-unemotional traits in children. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 37, 293-305.

•Waschbusch, D. A., King, S., & Northern Partners in Action for Children and Youth (2006). Should sex-specific norms be used to assess attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)?. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 179-185.

•Waschbusch, D. A., Pelham, W. E., Massetti, G., & Northern Partners in Action for Children and Youth (2005). The Behavior Education Support and Treatment (BEST) school intervention program: Pilot project data examining school-wide, targeted-school, and targeted-home approaches. Journal of Attention Disorders, 9, 313-322.

•Waschbusch, D. A. (2002). A meta-analytic evaluation of comorbid hyperactive-impulsive-inattention problems and conduct problems. Psychological Bulletin, 128, 118-150.

•Waschbusch, D. A., Pelham, W. E., Jennings, J. R., Greiner, A. R., Tarter, R. E., & Moss, H. B. (2002). Reactive aggression in boys with disruptive behavior disorders: Behavior, physiology and affect. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 30, 641-656.

•Waschbusch, D. A., Willoughby, M. T., & Pelham, W. E. (1998). The criterion validity and utility of reactive and proactive aggression: Comparisons with ADHD, ODD, CD, and other measures of functioning. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 27, 396-405.