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Cynthia Huang-Pollock

Cynthia Huang-Pollock

Associate Professor of Psychology

254 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-8498


  1. Ph. D., Michigan State University, 2003


Research Interests

Cynthia Huang-Pollock is interested in the cognitive and neuropsychological risk factors that contribute to the development of attention, learning, and disruptive behavior problems in school-aged children. Childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is among the most common reasons for referral to medical, psychological, and school services, and is a significant risk factor for mulitple poor outcomes, including academic underachievement and peer relationship problems. Dr. Huang-Pollock's current research focus is to identify how children with attention problems acquire new skills, and how difficulties in emotion regulation, motivational biases, self-perception, anxiety, and depression may interfere with the skilled acqusition and execution of routine academic and social processes. The ultimate aim is to elucidate the causal mechanisms of ADHD, with the goal of improving the diagnostic accuracy and treatment of this disorder.

Recent Publications

Huang-Pollock, C.L., Mikami, A., Pfiffner, L., & McBurnett, K. (2007). ADHD subtype differences in motivational responsivity but not inhibitory control: Evidence from a reward-based variation of the stop signal paradigm. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 127-136.

Mikami, A., Huang-Pollock, C., Pfiffner, L., & McBurnett, K., & Hangai, D. (2007). Social skills differences among attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder types in a chat room assessment task. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 509-521.

Huang-Pollock, C.L., Nigg, J.T., & Halperin, J.M. (2006). Single dissociation findings for ADHD deficits in vigilance but not anterior or posterior attention systems. Neuropsychology, 20, 420-429.

Huang-Pollock, C.L., Nigg, J.T., & Carr, T.H. (2005). Deficient attention is hard to find: applying the perceptual load model of selective attention to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder subtypes. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 1211-1218.

Huang-Pollock, C.L. & Nigg, J.T. (2003). Searching for the attention deficit in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: The case of visuospatial orienting. Clinical Psychology Review, 23, 801-830.

Huang-Pollock, C.L., Carr, T.H., Nigg, J.T., (2002). Perceptual load influences late versus early selection in child and adult selective attention. Developmental Psychology, 38, 363-375.  

Research Interests:

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