Bishop Joyce Chair of Human Development Professor of Psychology

Research and/or Creative Works

My research is geared toward better understanding the academic, behavioral, social, and executive 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 and preventive interventions 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 (current focus on early childhood).
  • evidence-based treatment of ADHD in children.
  • peer relationship problems of children with ADHD and typically developing children.
  • executive function in children with ADHD and typically developing children.

Hoza Laboratory

For an in-depth look at current research projects, publications, and personnel affiliated with the Hoza Laboratory, please visit our laboratory website:


  • Hoza, B., Shoulberg, E.K., Tompkins, C.L., Meyer, L.E., Martin, C.P., Krasner, A., Dennis, M., Cook, H. (2021).  Meeting a physical activity guideline in preschool and school readiness: A program evaluation. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 52(4), 719-727.

  • Hoza, B., Shoulberg, E.K., Tompkins, C.L., Martin, C.P., Krasner, A., Dennis, M., Meyer, L.E., & Cook, H. (2020). Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and processing speed: Predicting adaptive change in ADHD levels and related impairments in preschoolers. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(12), 1380-1387. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13227

  • Meyer, L.E., Hoza, B., Martin, C.P., Shoulberg, E.K., Tompkins, C.L., Dennis, M., & Krasner, A. (2020). CATs to Kiddie CATS: Transforming an Elementary Physical Activity Curriculum for Preschoolers. American Journal of Health Education, 51(4), 203-214. doi: 10.1080/19325037.2020.1765905

  • Brassell, A. A., Shoulberg, E. K., Pontifex, M. B., Smith, A. L., Delli Paoli, A. G., & Hoza, B. (2017). Aerobic fitness and inhibition in young children: Moderating roles of ADHD status and age.  Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 46(5), 646-652. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2015.1063431

  • Hoza, B., Martin, C. P., Pirog, A., & Shoulberg, E. K. (2016). Using physical activity to manage ADHD symptoms: The state of the evidence. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18: 113. doi:10.1007/s11920-016-0749-3

  • Hoza, B., Smith, A.L., Shoulberg, E.K., Linnea, K.S., Dorsch, T.E., Blazo, J.A., Alerding, C.M., & McCabe, G.P. (2015). A randomized trial examining the effects of aerobic physical activity on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in young children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(4), 655-667. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9929-y

Associations and Affiliations

Affiliated Faculty, Developmental Psychopathology Concentration

Betsy Hoza in portrait against a gray background


  • B.A. Princeton University, 1981
  • Ph.D. University of Maine, 1989


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Office Location:

226 Dewey Hall

Office Hours:

By appointment via email