Richard Milich

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Education: 
B.A., Columbia University, College of Arts & Sciences Ph.D., Washington University, Clinical Psychology
Biography: 

Dr. Richard Milich is Professor and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976 and has been an active researcher in the area of ADHD since that time.  Regarded internationally as one of the leading investigators in the field of ADHD, Dr. Milich has over 135 publications in this area.  His research has addressed a variety of topics germane to the problems experienced by children with ADHD.  These include: the peer problems of children with ADHD; the effects of stimulant medication and behavioral interventions in the treatment of ADHD; the cognitive difficulties of these children, with a special emphasis on story comprehension problems; and classification issues associated with this disorder. 

During his career Dr. Milich has been PI or co-PI on several million dollars worth of federally funded research, and he also served as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Mental Health for the ADHD multisite treatment study and for the ADHD innovative treatment panel.  He completed a six-year term as Associate Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the leading journal in the field of clinical psychology.  In addition, he currently is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and The ADHD Report.  Dr. Milich has also served in several national administrative positions, including Program Chair and Chair of the Fellow Selection Committee of Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  He has received three awards for outstanding mentoring of graduate students, including one from Division 53 of APA, one from the Kentucky Psychological Association, as well as the Sturgill Award from the University of Kentucky.

Previous Professional Positions

Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky (9/91-6/05)

Assistant Professor to Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky.  (1/85-6/90).

Associate Research Scientist, hyperactivity research project. Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa.  (8/78-12/84)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, hyperactivity research project. Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa. Project Director:  Jan Loney.  (8/76-7/78)

Research Assistant, parent training project.  Washington University Child Guidance Clinic.  (9/74-2/76)

Intern in clinical psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  (9/73-8/74)

NIMH predoctoral trainee in clinical psychology, Washington University.  (9/71-8/73)

 

 

Research: 

Description of Research:  My primary research interests are concerned with childhood behavior problems, especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; i.e., hyperactivity) and conduct disorder (CD).  My current primary research focus in this regard deals with story comprehension among children with ADHD.  For the past two decades Dr. Betty Lorch and I have had federally funded grants to explore the development of story comprehension abilities among children with ADHD.

My second line of current research is on the predictors of long-term drug use.  I am currently Administrative Directon on the university's NIDA funded Drug Prevention Center, and I am PI on a longitudinal project looking at the risk factors that lead to escalation in drug use among freshmen college student.

Finally, I have been undertaking studies with Dr. Mark Fillmore examining the role of disinhibition among children and adults with ADHD, including alcohol challenge studies among the adult population.

Current Funding:

Co-Principal Investigator, Mediators of social impairment among children at risk for ADHD.    

U.S. Department of Education. Total direct costs = $1,500,000. 3/1/12- 2/28/15. Kate Flory, P.I.

    Co-Principal Investigator,  A narrative comprehension intervention for elementary school

children at risk for ADHD. U.S. Department of Education. Total direct costs = $1,500,000. 3/1/12- 2/28/15. Elizabeth Lorch, P.I.

Administrative Director & Co-Principal Director, “CDART—Center for drug abuse research    translation.”  NIDA. Total direct costs = $7,500,000. 7/1/12 – 6/30/17. Mike Bardo, PI.

Principal Investigator, Evaluating the Prime for Life program: A pilot program. NIDA. Total direct costs = $50,000. 7/1/13 – 6/30/14.

 

Selected Publications: 

Weafer, J., Fillmore, M.T., & Milich, R. (2009). Increased sensitivity to the disinhibiting effects of alcohol in adults with ADHD.  Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 17, 113-121..

    Adams, Z.W., Derefinko, K.J., Milich, R., & Fillmore, M.T. (2008). Inhibitory functioning across ADHD subtypes: Recent findings, clinical implications, and future directions. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 14, 268-275.

    Fillmore, M.T., Milich, R., & Lorch, E.P. (2009). Inhibitory deficits in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Intentional versus automatic mechanisms of attention. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 539-554.   

    Leonard, M.A., Lorch, E.P., Milich, R., & Hagans, N. (2009). Parent-child joint picture-book reading among children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 12, 361-371.

    Derefinko, K.J., Adams, Z.W., Milich, R., Fillmore, M.T., Lorch, E.P., & Lynam, D.R. (2008). Response style differences in the inattentive and combined subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36,745-758.

    Weafer, J., Camarillo, D., Fillmore, M.T., Milich, R., & Marczinski, C.A. (2008). Simulated driving performance of adults with ADHD: Comparisons with alcohol intoxication. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 16, 251-263.               

    Rosen, P.J., Milich, R., & Harris, M.J. (2007). Victims of their own cognitions: Implicit social cognitions, emotional distress, and peer victimization. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 28, 211-226.

            Lorch, E.P., Berthiaume, K., Milich, R., & van den Broek, P. (2007). Story comprehension impairments in children with ADHD.  In K. Cain & J. Oakhill (Eds.), Cognitive bases of children’s language comprehension difficulties (pp. 128-155). New York: Guilford.

    Rosen, P.J., Milich, R., & Harris, M.J. (2007). Victims of their own cognitions: Implicit social cognitions, emotional distress, and peer victimization. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 28, 211-226.

     Flake, R., Lorch, E.P., & Milich, R. (2007). The Effects of thematic importance on story recall among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and comparison children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 43-53.

      Cardi, M., Milich, R., Harris, M.J., & Richardson, E. (2007). Self-esteem moderates the response to forgiveness instructions among women with a history of victimization. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 804-819.

         Acevedo-Polakovich, I.A., Lorch, E.P., Milich, R.. (2007).  Comparing television use and reading in children with ADHD and non-referred children across two age groups.  Media Psychology.

         Acevedo-Polakovich, I.A., Lorch, E.P., Milich, R., & Ashby, R.D. (2006).  Disentangling the relation between television viewing and cognitive processes in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and comparison children.  Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 160, 354-360.

         Flory, K., Milich, R., Lorch, E.P., Hayden, A.N., Strange, C., & Welsh, R. (2006). Online story comprehension among children with ADHD: Which core deficits are involved?  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34, 853-865.

            Lorch, E.P., Milich, R., Astrin, C.C., & Berthiaume, K.  (2006).  Cognitive engagement in typically developing children and children with ADHD from preschool through elementary school.  Developmental Psychology, 42, 1206-1219.

         Bollmer, J.M., Harris, M.J., & Milich, R. (2006).  Reactions to bullying and peer victimization: Narrative, physiological arousal, and personality.  Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 803-828.

         Mager, W., Milich, R, Harris, M.J., & Howard, A.  (2005).  Intervention groups for adolescents with conduct problems:  Is aggregration harmful or helpful?  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33, 349-362.

         Bollmer, J.M., Milich, R., Harris, M.J., & Maras, M.  (2005). A friend in need: The role of friendship quality as a protective factor in peer victimization and bullying.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20, 701-712.

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