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Linda Pfiffner, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-7418
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    University of California Los Angeles, Los AngelesBA06/1981Psychology
    State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NYMA, PhD06/1987Clinical Psychology
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    2012CHADD Hall of Fame Award
    2009CHADD ADHD and Family Issues Award
    2004CHADD Innovative Program of the Year Award

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    Linda Pfiffner, PhD is a Professor in Residence and Director of the Hyperactivity, Attention and Learning Problems (HALP) Program in the Department of Psychiatry and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her B.A. from UCLA and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to joining UCSF in 2001, she held academic appointments at UC Irvine and the University of Chicago. Her program of research centers on the development and evaluation of collaborative school-home psychosocial treatments for school-aged children with ADHD, the inattentive presentation of ADHD, and family/social factors in developmental models of ADHD and related problems. She has over 190 refereed articles, chapters, and scientific conference abstracts and has published a second edition to her handbook for teachers “All About ADHD: The Complete Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers,” Scholastic, 2011. For the past 25 years her research has been supported by multiple grants from NIMH and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), US Department of Education.

    She developed the Child Life and Attention Skills (CLAS) Program, an integrated multi-component behavioral intervention for children with ADHD-Inattentive Presentation. CLAS has been evaluated in two NIMH-funded RCTs, one being a dual-site study, with positive effects on inattention symptoms and impairments. The program was awarded Innovative Program of the Year in 2004 by CHADD. She and her team adapted the program for youth with attention and behavioral concerns, developing the Collaborative Life Skills Program (CLS) for delivery by school-based mental health professionals in school settings. A recently completed IES-funded RCT shows significant treatment-related improvement on children’s ADHD symptoms, behavior, and academic and social functioning. She is currently developing a web-based, remote training program for school mental health providers in implementation of CLS with funding from IES.

    Dr. Pfiffner serves as Director of the Clifford Attkisson Clinical Services Research Training Program, an NIMH funded T32 which provides education and support to postdoctoral scholars from a variety of disciplines who plan to pursue careers in mental health services research. She serves on multiple editorial boards of leading psychology journals, was a former standing member of the NIMH ITVC IRG study section and a principal member of the Institute of Education Sciences’ Social and Behavioral Education Research Scientific Review Panel.

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    Web-based professional development for school mental health providers in evidence-based practices for attention and behavior challenges
    Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education R324A150156Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Web-based professional development for school mental health providers in evidence-based practices for attention and behavior challenges
    Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education R324A150156Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Efficacy of the Collaborative Life Skills Program
    Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education R324A120358Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Integrated Multi-Setting Psychosocial Treatment for ADHD-Inattentive Type
    NIH/NIMH R01MH077671Jul 1, 2008 - May 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Collaborative School-Home Behavioral Intervention for ADHD
    Institute of Education Sciences R324A080041Apr 1, 2008 - Jun 30, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Psychosocial Treatment for ADHD Inattentive Type 1
    NIH/NIMH R21MH065927Sep 19, 2002 - Jun 30, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator
    FAMILY FACTORS AND COMORBID DISORDERS IN ADHD CHILDREN
    NIH/NIMH R29MH050327Aug 1, 1993 - Aug 31, 1999
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Clinical Services Research Training Program
    NIH/NIMH T32MH018261Aug 1, 1985 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Haack LM, Meza J, Jiang Y, Araujo EA, Pfiffner L. Correction to: Influences to ADHD Problem Recognition: Mixed-Method Investigation and Recommendations to Reduce Disparities for Latino Youth. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2018 Jul 11. PMID: 29995290.
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    2. Haack LM, Meza J, Jiang Y, Araujo EJ, Pfiffner L. Influences to ADHD Problem Recognition: Mixed-Method Investigation and Recommendations to Reduce Disparities for Latino Youth. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2018 May 16. PMID: 29770911.
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    3. Adalio CJ, Owens EB, McBurnett K, Hinshaw SP, Pfiffner LJ. Processing Speed Predicts Behavioral Treatment Outcomes in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Predominantly Inattentive Type. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2018 May; 46(4):701-711. PMID: 28791531.
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    4. Pfiffner LJ, Rooney ME, Jiang Y, Haack LM, Beaulieu A, McBurnett K. Sustained Effects of Collaborative School-Home Intervention for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms and Impairment. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Apr; 57(4):245-251. PMID: 29588050.
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    5. Jiang Y, Haack LM, Delucchi K, Rooney M, Hinshaw SP, McBurnett K, Pfiffner LJ. Improved Parent Cognitions Relate to Immediate and Follow-Up Treatment Outcomes for Children With ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive Presentation. Behav Ther. 2018 07; 49(4):567-579. PMID: 29937258.
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    6. Haack LM, Villodas M, McBurnett K, Hinshaw S, Pfiffner LJ. Parenting as a Mechanism of Change in Psychosocial Treatment for Youth with ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Presentation. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2017 Jul; 45(5):841-855. PMID: 27628742.
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    7. Capriotti MR, Pfiffner LJ. Patterns and Predictors of Service Utilization Among Youth With ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive Presentation. J Atten Disord. 2017 Jan 01; 1087054716677817. PMID: 28064560.
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    8. Rooney M, Hinshaw S, McBurnett K, Pfiffner L. Parent Adherence in Two Behavioral Treatment Strategies for the Predominantly Inattentive Presentation of ADHD. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2016 Nov 03; 1-9. PMID: 27808556.
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    9. Owens EB, Hinshaw SP, McBurnett K, Pfiffner L. Predictors of Response to Behavioral Treatments Among Children With ADHD-Inattentive Type. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2016 Nov 02; 1-14. PMID: 27806212.
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    10. Haack LM, Jiang Y, Delucchi K, Kaiser N, McBurnett K, Hinshaw S, Pfiffner L. Parental Cognitive Errors Mediate Parental Psychopathology and Ratings of Child Inattention. Fam Process. 2017 09; 56(3):716-733. PMID: 27663189.
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    11. Haack LM, Gonring K, Harris M, Gerdes A, Pfiffner L. Assessing Impairment in Childhood ADHD: Validation of the Parent and Teacher ADHD-FX Rating Scale in a Dual-Site Clinical Sample. J Atten Disord. 2016 Jul 18. PMID: 27431931.
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    12. Pfiffner LJ, Rooney M, Haack L, Villodas M, Delucchi K, McBurnett K. A Randomized Controlled Trial of a School-Implemented School-Home Intervention for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms and Impairment. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016 09; 55(9):762-70. PMID: 27566117.
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    13. Becker SP, Pfiffner LJ, Stein MA, Burns GL, McBurnett K. Sleep habits in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder predominantly inattentive type and associations with comorbid psychopathology symptoms. Sleep Med. 2016 05; 21:151-9. PMID: 26922623.
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    14. Haack LM, Villodas MT, McBurnett K, Hinshaw S, Pfiffner LJ. Parenting Mediates Symptoms and Impairment in Children With ADHD-Inattentive Type. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2016; 45(2):155-66. PMID: 25411896.
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    15. Pfiffner LJ, Haack LM. Behavior management for school-aged children with ADHD. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Oct; 23(4):731-46. PMID: 25220083; PMCID: PMC4167345.
    16. Pfiffner LJ. Meta-analysis supports efficacy of behavioral interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-related problems. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 53(8):830-2. PMID: 25062589.
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    17. Villodas MT, McBurnett K, Kaiser N, Rooney M, Pfiffner LJ. Additive effects of parent adherence on social and behavioral outcomes of a collaborative school-home behavioral intervention for ADHD. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2014 Jun; 45(3):348-60. PMID: 24043560; PMCID: PMC4808053.
    18. Pfiffner LJ, Hinshaw SP, Owens E, Zalecki C, Kaiser NM, Villodas M, McBurnett K. A two-site randomized clinical trial of integrated psychosocial treatment for ADHD-inattentive type. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2014 Dec; 82(6):1115-1127. PMID: 24865871; PMCID: PMC4244306.
    19. McBurnett K, Villodas M, Burns GL, Hinshaw SP, Beaulieu A, Pfiffner LJ. Structure and validity of sluggish cognitive tempo using an expanded item pool in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2014 Jan; 42(1):37-48. PMID: 24258302.
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    20. Becker SP, McBurnett K, Hinshaw SP, Pfiffner LJ. Negative social preference in relation to internalizing symptoms among children with ADHD predominantly inattentive type: girls fare worse than boys. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2013; 42(6):784-95. PMID: 23978167; PMCID: PMC3830725.
    21. Pfiffner LJ, Villodas M, Kaiser N, Rooney M, McBurnett K. Educational outcomes of a collaborative school-home behavioral intervention for ADHD. Sch Psychol Q. 2013 Mar; 28(1):25-36. PMID: 23506023.
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    22. Villodas MT, Pfiffner LJ, McBurnett K. Prevention of serious conduct problems in youth with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Expert Rev Neurother. 2012 Oct; 12(10):1253-63. PMID: 23082741; PMCID: PMC4078981.
    23. Kaiser NM, McBurnett K, Pfiffner LJ. Child ADHD severity and positive and negative parenting as predictors of child social functioning: evaluation of three theoretical models. J Atten Disord. 2011 Apr; 15(3):193-203. PMID: 20424006.
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    24. McBurnett K, Pfiffner LJ. Treatment of aggressive ADHD in children and adolescents: conceptualization and treatment of comorbid behavior disorders. Postgrad Med. 2009 Nov; 121(6):158-65. PMID: 19940426.
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    25. Huang-Pollock CL, Mikami AY, Pfiffner L, McBurnett K. Can executive functions explain the relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and social adjustment? J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2009 Jul; 37(5):679-91. PMID: 19184400.
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    26. Pfiffner LJ, Yee Mikami A, Huang-Pollock C, Easterlin B, Zalecki C, McBurnett K. A randomized, controlled trial of integrated home-school behavioral treatment for ADHD, predominantly inattentive type. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2007 Aug; 46(8):1041-50. PMID: 17667482.
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    27. Mikami AY, Pfiffner LJ. Sibling relationships among children with ADHD. J Atten Disord. 2008 Jan; 11(4):482-92. PMID: 17494830.
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    28. Huang-Pollock CL, Mikami AY, Pfiffner L, McBurnett K. ADHD subtype differences in motivational responsivity but not inhibitory control: evidence from a reward-based variation of the stop signal paradigm. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2007 Apr-Jun; 36(2):127-36. PMID: 17484686.
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    29. Mikami AY, Huang-Pollock CL, Pfiffner LJ, McBurnett K, Hangai D. Social skills differences among attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder types in a chat room assessment task. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2007 Aug; 35(4):509-21. PMID: 17354064.
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    30. Pfiffner LJ, McBurnett K. Family correlates of comorbid anxiety disorders in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2006 Oct; 34(5):725-35. PMID: 17039405.
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    31. Wells KC, Chi TC, Hinshaw SP, Epstein JN, Pfiffner L, Nebel-Schwalm M, Owens EB, Arnold LE, Abikoff HB, Conners CK, Elliott GR, Greenhill LL, Hechtman L, Hoza B, Jensen PS, March J, Newcorn JH, Pelham WE, Severe JB, Swanson J, Vitiello B, Wigal T. Treatment-related changes in objectively measured parenting behaviors in the multimodal treatment study of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Aug; 74(4):649-57. PMID: 16881772.
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    32. Roizen N, Kasza K, Karrison T, Mets M, Noble AG, Boyer K, Swisher C, Meier P, Remington J, Jalbrzikowski J, McLeod R, Kipp M, Rabiah P, Chamot D, Estes R, Cezar S, Mack D, Pfiffner L, Stein M, Danis B, Patel D, Hopkins J, Holfels E, Stein L, Withers S, Cameron A, Perkins J, Heydemann P. Impact of visual impairment on measures of cognitive function for children with congenital toxoplasmosis: implications for compensatory intervention strategies. Pediatrics. 2006 Aug; 118(2):e379-90. PMID: 16864640.
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    33. Pfiffner LJ, McBurnett K, Rathouz PJ, Judice S. Family correlates of oppositional and conduct disorders in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2005 Oct; 33(5):551-63. PMID: 16195950.
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    34. Beebe DW, Pfiffner LJ, McBurnett K. Evaluation of the validity of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children--Third Edition comprehension and picture arrangement subtests as measures of social intelligence. Psychol Assess. 2000 Mar; 12(1):97-101. PMID: 10752368.
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    35. Pfiffner LJ, McBurnett K, Lahey BB, Loeber R, Green S, Frick PJ, Rathouz PJ. Association of parental psychopathology to the comorbid disorders of boys with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999 Dec; 67(6):881-893. PMID: 10596510.
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