Lauren Haack

Lauren Haack


Culturally-Attuned ADHD Assessments: Considerations and Strategies for Enhancing the Appropriateness, Accuracy, and Relevance of Practices with Diverse Youth (1.5 CE/CPD)


(Wednesday), October 18, 2023, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT  Click here to register.


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the most common psychiatric youth conditions worldwide; however, certain populations show disproportionally low rates of ADHD diagnoses and service utilization. There are various explanations perpetuating ADHD health disparities which should be considered when conducting culturally-attuned assessments with diverse youth. This webinar will present various factors influencing ADHD assessments, such as the psychometric and cultural validity of tools being used, the reading level and language proficiency of individuals providing information, as well as cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, and development expectations regarding child attention and behavior. Next, the components of evidence-based ADHD evaluations, as well as strategies for enhancing their cross-cultural reliability and validity, will be reviewed. Finally, the “ABC” assessment technique to identify culturally-relevant ADHD treatment goals and monitor progress will be discussed and applied to case examples.


Lauren M. Haack, PhD, is an associate professor at University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research and clinical practice focus on a.) cultural influences to mental health conceptualization, assessment, and treatment, b.) accessible and culturally-attuned evidence-based services for traditionally underserved youth worldwide, and c.) behavioral health provider experience, training, and consultation. Dr. Haack is involved in several current clinical research efforts, including projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Health-Fogarty International Center, and the Hellman Fellows family foundation focused on digital solutions to improving family access to and engagement in school-based ADHD treatment worldwide. Dr. Haack’s current and previous work is featured on her lab website: When not conducting clinical research, Dr. Haack provides instruction and consultation/supervision on various UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science teams, including the Clinical Psychology Training Program, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, the Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health team, and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Portal. She is the co-chair of the research taskforce on her department’s diversity committee. Dr. Haack’s work adapting, implementing, and evaluating school-home ADHD behavioral services for youth of Spanish-speaking families was recognized with an International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychology Scholarship and a World ADHD Congress Young Scientist Award.

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Following this webinar, attendees will be able to:
  1. Recognize three explanations for ADHD health disparities to be considered when conducting culturally-attuned assessments.

  2. Connect strategies for enhancing assessment reliability and validity with youth across cultures -to- the components of evidence-based ADHD evaluations.

  3. Utilize the “ABC” assessment technique to identify culturally-relevant ADHD treatment goals and monitor progress.