Project Team

 Miss Lauren Powell

Project Lead

 Dr Jack Parker

Collaborator (Academic)

 Dr Val Harpin

Collaborator (Clinical)

 Miss Naomi Robertson

Collaborator (Student)

ADHD: Is there an app for that?

This study has received funding from the University of Sheffield Think Ahead Student Undergraduate Research Experience Scheme (TASURE), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Vacation Bursary Scheme and is primarily funded by the Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT) theme of the NIHR's Collaboration of Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC YH).

Background: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder characterised by three core symptoms; inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, which can have a huge impact on those with ADHD, their family and their educational attainment.  ADHD is currently managed using pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. With advances in technology, non-pharmacological interventions can be delivered, and more recently, via mobile applications (apps). However, little is known regarding the suitability of apps specifically designed for this population.

Objective: To explore the suitability of ten of the most popular apps for children and young people with ADHD with five children/young people with ADHD and five clinicians that work with them and also to explore the suitability of ten of the most popular apps for the parents of children and young people with ADHD with five parents children/young people with ADHD and five clinicians.

The following method will be applied to two studies. Study one will assess the suitability of apps for children and young people with ADHD for this population and Study 2 will assess the suitability of apps aimed at the parents of these children and young people with ADHD. 

Ten apps were identified via the Google Play (n=5) and iTunes Store (n=5) that are specifically targeted towards children and young people with ADHD, or their parents (n=20 overall). 

Following this, interviews were undertaken with five clinicians (study 1 and 2) who specialise in treating children and young people with ADHD and five children/young people (study 1) and 5 parents of children/young people with ADHD (Study 2).  Interviews aimed to explore their opinions about the apps identified and what their opinions were of the apps identified and what the key components are for apps to be suitable for this population.

Results: Data has been collected form children and young people with ADHD and clinicians regarding the apps aimed at the children/young people. This study is currently in its write up phase.

Study status: Study one is in analysis and write up phase. Study two is yet to collect data from clinicians. The aim is to provide an update on the results and findings from both studies in 2017.


For further details about this project please contact Lauren Powell:

Email: L.a.powell@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: 0114 222 8275

Miss Naomi Robertson

 Miss Naomi Robertson

You can read more about Naomi's involvement in study 1 here.