Brittany Merrill

Brittany Merrill

Education

  • FIU Clinical Science PhD Program, Mentor: William E. Pelham Jr.
  • M.S. Clinical Science, Florida International University
  • BS Psychology, DePaul University

Research Interests

Brittany is a student in Dr. William Pelham’s ADHD lab. She is also pursuing the Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience through the Cognitive Neuroscience doctoral program here at FIU.

Brittany’s research focuses on evidence-based ADHD treatment. More specifically, she has published research on the efficacy of behavioral parenting interventions and psychostimulant medication in ameliorating homework problems among children with ADHD. Further, she has been involved in studies looking at the effects of unimodal and combined treatments (psychosocial and pharmacologic) on sports skills, learning, classroom behavior, and cognitive performance among children with ADHD. In line with a focus on academics and cognition, her dissertation evaluates the impact of internal distraction or mind wandering on children’s attention, classroom behavior, and academic productivity.

Publications

Merrill, B. M., Morrow, A. S., Altszuler, A. R., Macphee, F. L., Coxe, S., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Molina, B. S. G., & Pelham, W. E. (under review). Functional outcomes of young adults with childhood ADHD: A latent profile analysis.

Altszuler, A. R., Morrow, A. S., Merrill, B. M., Bressler, S., Macphee, F. L., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Coxe, S., Raiker, J. S., Coles, E. K., Pelham, W. E. (2017). The effect of stimulant medication and training on the sports competence of children with ADHD. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Merrill, B. M., Morrow, A. S., Altszuler, A. R., Macphee, F. L., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Coles, E., Raiker, J. S., Coxe, S., & Pelham, W. E. (2017). Improving homework performance among children with ADHD: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. doi:10.1037/ccp0000144

Sibley, M. H., Campez, M., Perez, A., Morrow, A. S., Merrill, B. M., Altszuler, A. R, Yequez, C. E. (2016). Parent management of organization, time management, and planning deficits among adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. doi:10.1007/s10862-015-9515-9

Sibley, M. H., Altszuler, A. R., Morrow, A. S., & Merrill, B. M. (2014). Mapping the academic problem behaviors of adolescents with ADHD. School Psychology Quarterly, 29, 422-437.

Book Chapters

Merrill, B.M., Macphee, F.L., & Pelham, W.E. (in press). Behavioral Family Therapy. In the APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology.

Altszuler, A. R., Macphee, F. L., Merrill, B. M., Morrow, A. S., Schatz, N. K., & Pelham, W. E. (in press). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In J. Piacentini & C. Flessner (Eds.), Clinical handbook of psychological disorders in children and adolescents: A step-by-step treatment manual.

Presentations

Merrill, B. M., Morrow, A. S., Altszuler, A. R., Macphee, F.L., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Coxe, S., Molina, S.G., & Pelham, W. E. (2016, October). Young adults with childhood ADHD: Latent profiles of functional outcomes and impairment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, New York City, NY.

Macphee, F.L., Altszuler, A. R., Morrow, A. S., Merrill, B. M., Coxe, S., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Raiker, J. S., Coles, E. K., & Pelham, W. E. (2015, November). Comparing behavior modification and its combination with stimulant medication to occupational therapy interventions on classroom behavior of children with ADHD. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Merrill, B. M., Morrow, A. S., Altszuler, A. R., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Coles, E. K., Macphee, F. L., Raiker, J. S., Coxe, S., & Pelham, W. E. (2014, November). Psychostimulants and parent training: Unique and combined effects on homework problems, completion, and accuracy of children with ADHD. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Morrow, A. S., Merrill, B. M., Altszuler, A.R., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Burger, L.A., Crowe, E.C., Raiker, J. S., Coles, E. K., Coxe, S., Connor, C. M., Lonigan, C. J., Pelham, W. E. (2014, November). The effect of methylphenidate on learning in children with ADHD. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Altszuler, A. R., Morrow, A. S., Merrill, B. M., MacPhee, F. L., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Raiker, J. S., Coles, E. K., Coxe, S., Pelham, W. E. (2014, November). The unique and combined effects of stimulant medication and training on the sports competence of children with ADHD. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.