University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Betsy Hoza

The Clinical Training Program

Betsy Hoza

Betsy Hoza
Bishop Joyce Chair of Human Development Professor of Psychology

  • B.A. Princeton University, 1981
  • Ph.D. University of Maine, 1989
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    Phone: (802) 656-4773
    Room: 226

    Affiliated Faculty, Developmental Psychopathology Concentration


    My research is geared toward better understanding the social, academic, behavioral, and self-system functioning of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from a developmental psychopathology perspective. Of note, most of my research is designed with the end goal of applying what is learned toward developing better evidence-based treatments for children with ADHD. My current research program involves studies in several areas:

    • use of aerobic physical activity to improve cognitive, social, and behavioral functioning in ADHD-risk and typically developing children.
    • mechanisms of self-concept in children with ADHD and typically developing children.
    • evidence-based treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents.
    • peer relationship problems of children with ADHD and typically developing children.
    • parental beliefs and characteristics as predictors of treatment response in children with ADHD.

    Hoza Laboratory

    Our studies are aimed at better understanding the etiology, mechanisms, course and outcome of childhood ADHD from a developmental psychopathology framework. Current studies address moderate-to-vigorous aerobic physical activity as a management strategy for ADHD symptoms, self-perceptual style in children with ADHD, peer relationships in children with ADHD, parenting and ADHD, treatment of childhood ADHD, and outcomes of children with ADHD over time.

    Accepting Graduate Students Fall 2015
    Professor Hoza is potentially accepting graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2015.

    Representative Publications

    • Hoza, B., Smith, A.L., Shoulberg, E.K., Linnea, K.S., Dorsch, T.E., Blazo, J.A., Alerding, C.M., & McCabe, G.P. (2014). A randomized trial examining the effects of aerobic physical activity on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in young children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9929-y
    • Smith, A.L., Hoza, B., Linnea, K., McQuade, J.D., Tomb, M., Vaughn, A.J., Shoulberg, E.K., & Hook, H. (2013). Pilot physical activity intervention reduces severity of ADHD symptoms in young children. Journal of Attention Disorders, 17, 70-82. doi: 10.1177/1087054711417395
    • Hoza, B., McQuade, J. D., Murray-Close, D., Shoulberg, E., Molina, B. S. G., Arnold, L. E., Swanson, J., & Hechtman, L. (2013). Does childhood positive self-perceptual bias mediate adolescent risky behavior in youth from the MTA study? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 846-858. doi:10.1037/a0033536
    • Hoza, B., Vaughn, A., Waschbusch, D.A., Murray-Close, D., & McCabe, G. (2012). Can children with ADHD be motivated to reduce bias in self-reports of competence? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 245-254. doi: 10.1037/a0027299
    • Linnea, K., Hoza, B., Tomb, M., Kaiser, N. (2012). Does a positive bias relate to social behavior in children with ADHD? Behavior Therapy, 43, 862-875. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2012.05.004
    • McQuade, J.D., Tomb, M., Hoza, B., Waschbusch, D., Hurt, E.A., & Vaughn, A.J. (2011). Cognitive deficits and positively biased self-perceptions in children with ADHD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 307-319.
    • Hoza, B., Murray-Close, D., Arnold, L. E., Hinshaw, S. P., Hechtman, L., & the MTA Cooperative Group. (2010). Time-dependent changes in positively biased self-perceptions of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 375-390.

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