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Elizabeth (Lisa) Harvey


Our research lab focuses on understanding early development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and associated behavior problems. We are interested in the interplay between cognitive, emotional, and family factors in determining developmental trajectories.

Children with ADHD are at risk for developing a variety of other emotion and behavior disorders. Thus, not only do children with ADHD experience difficulties associated with their symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention, but they are also likely to have additional problems related to other co-occurring conditions. We are currently (in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer McDermott) seeking to better understand the difficulties that children with ADHD have in regulating their emotions and the implications of these difficulties for their later functioning. We are using event related potentials to examine the effects of emotion on neural activity in children with and without ADHD. We are also working to develop other tools for assessing emotion processing in preschool-aged children.

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Academic Background

Dartmouth College, 1990
Stony Brook University, 1995
UMass Medical Center, clinical internship, 1995

Cremone-Caira, A., Root, H., Harvey, E. A., McDermott, J. M., & Spencer, R. M. C. (2020). Effects of sleep extension on inhibitory control in children with ADHD: A pilot study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 24 (4), 601-610.
Binder, A.S., Brown, H.R., Harvey, E.A. (2020). Executive function and trajectories of emotion dysregulation in children with parent-reported behavior problems. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 48, 481–493.
Kang, S., & Harvey, E. A. (2020). Racial differences between Black parents' and White teachers' perceptions of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 48(5), 661-672.
Griffith, S., Arnold, D., Rolon-Arroyo, B., & Harvey, E. (2019). Neuropsychological predictors of ODD symptom dimensions in young children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48, 80-92.
Brown, H. R., & Harvey, E. A. (2019). Psychometric properties of ADHD symptoms in toddlers. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48, 423-439.
Breaux, R. P., & Harvey, E. A. (2018). A longitudinal study of the relation between family functioning and preschool ADHD symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Advanced online publication.
Rolon-Arroyo, B., Arnold, D. H., Breaux, R. P., & Harvey, E. A. (2018). Reciprocal relations between parenting behaviors and conduct disorder symptoms in preschool children. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49, 786–799.
Tichovolsky, M., Griffith, S., Rolon-Arroyo, B., Arnold D., & Harvey, E (2018). A longitudinal study of fathers' and young children's depressive symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 7 (Supplement 1), S190-S204.
Flegenheimer, C., Lugo-Candelas, C., Harvey, E., & McDermott, J. M. (2018). Neural processing of threat cues in young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 47, 336-344.
Breaux, R. P., McQuade, J. D., Harvey, E. A., & Zakarian, R. J. (2018). Longitudinal associations of parental emotion socialization and children’s emotion regulation: The moderating role of ADHD symptomatology. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46, 671-683.
Cremone, A., Lugo-Candelas, C.I., Harvey, E.A., McDermott, J.M., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2018) Positive emotional attention bias in young children with symptoms of ADHD, Child Neuropsychology, 24:8, 1137-1145.
Contact Info

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
613 Tobin Hall
135 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

(413) 577-2755
(413) 349-9199 (voicemail)