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Workgroups

The ABCD Consortium has established workgroups to guide the development, refinement, and dissemination of the study design, protocols, informatics and software to facilitate the implementation of the study. Comprised of ABCD investigators and collaborators with domain expertise, each workgroup meets regularly to assess and address the relevant needs of the consortium in light of scientific or technological advancements.

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Assessment Workgroups

Reviews the current state-of-the-science to recommend appropriate non-imaging measures for inclusion in the protocol considering developmental appropriateness, psychometrics, anticipated stability and change over the study period, harmonization with the larger research literature, articulation with the entire measurement battery, and subject burden. When indicated, the assessment groups make recommendations for modifications to the assessments that might be indicated by new scientific findings, improved technologies, or demonstrated limitations of existing protocols (e.g., decreasing sensitivity to maturing cohort).

Mental and Physical Health
Focuses on identifying a core set of measures to obtain information from parents and children on mental health relevant experiences, behaviors, and attitudes, physical health relevant attributes and behaviors, and environmental exposures important for both physical and mental health.

Barch, Deanna (Co-Chair) - Washington University in St. Louis; Email: dbarch@wustl.edu
Sher, Ken (Co-Chair) - University of Missouri; Email: sherk@missouri.edu
Albaugh, Matt - University of Vermont
Alvarez, Ruben - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Avenevoli, Shelli - National Institute of Mental Health
Bagot, Kara - University of California San Diego
Baker, Fiona - SRI International
Blachman-Denner, Dara - Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research / National Institutes of Health / Office of the Director
Chang, Linda - University of Maryland at Baltimore
Clark, Duncan - University of Pittsburgh
Dowling, Gaya - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Foxe, John - University of Rochester
Giedd, Jay - University of California San Diego
Glantz, Meyer - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Hinesley, Jennifer - Virginia Commonwealth University
Hudziak, Jim - University of Vermont
Kit, Brian - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Liang, Huajun - University of Maryland
McGlade, Erin - University of Utah
Mulford, Carrie - National Institute of Justice
Nagel, Bonnie - Oregon Health & Science University
Park, Yunsoo - National Institute of Justice
Paulus, Martin - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Potter, Alexi - University of Vermont
Prouty, Devin - SRI International
Robin, Leah - Centers for Disease Control
Sutterer, Matthew - National Institute of Justice
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Thompson, Wes - University of California San Diego
Yang, Yaling - Children's Hospital Los Angeles / University of Southern California
Yurgelun-Todd, Deborah - The University of Utah
Zucker, Bob - University of Michigan

Gender Identity & Sexual Health

This workgroup recommends developmentally sensitive assessments of constructs related to gender identity and sexual behavior, and monitors the ongoing collection of this data.

Potter, Alexandra (Chair) - University of Vermont; Email: Alexandra.Potter@uvm.edu
Barrios, Lisa - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Caouette, Justin - Oregon Health & Science University
Dube, Sarahjane - University of Vermont
Feldstein-Ewing, Sarah - Oregon Health & Science University
Freedman, Ed - University of Rochester
Hoffman, Elizabeth - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Ivanona, Masha - University of Vermont
Johns, Michelle - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Loso, Hannah - University of Vermont
McGlade, Erin - University of Utah
Robin, Leah - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NeuroCognition
Neurocognitive measures collectively assess participants' levels of crystallized and fluid reasoning, reading ability, working memory, behavioral inhibition, verbal learning and memory, sequencing skills, processing speed, attention, and visuospatial reasoning. Measures were selected to maximize data quality across the ten year longitudinal assessment, and to be sensitive to small changes in cognitive efficiency as children move from adolescence into adulthood.

Luciana, Monica (Co-Chair) - University of Minnesota; Email: lucia003@umn.edu
Bjork, Jim (Co-Chair) - Virginia Commonwealth University; Email: jmbjork@vcu.edu
Anokhin, Andrey - Washington University in St. Louis
Banich, Marie - University of Colorado Boulder
Barch, Deanna - Washington University in St. Louis
Friedman-Hill, Stacia - National Institute of Mental Health
Gonzalez, Raul - Florida International University
Haist, Frank - University of California San Diego
Hoffman, Elizabeth - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Jacobus, Joanna - University of California San Diego
Lessov-Schlaggar, Christina - Washington University in St. Louis
Lisdahl, Krista - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
McGlade, Erin - The University of Utah
Nagel, Bonnie - Oregon Health & Science University
Nixon, Sara Jo - University of Florida
Orr, Katherine - University of Vermont
Prouty, Devin - SRI International
Schloesser, Dana - Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research / National Institutes of Health
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Thompson, Wes - University of California San Diego
Warren, Ken - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Substance Use
Focuses on assessment of lifetime and recent quantity/frequency and patterns of use of all major drug categories (alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, caffeine, stimulants, ecstasy, depressants/sedatives, opiates, hallucinogens, steroids, and inhalants). Important predictors of substance use are also captured, including peer use, perceived harm of use, disapproval of use, availability of substances and intention to use. Measures were selected to be developmentally-appropriate and gated to: 1) avoid exposing non- or low-using youth to substance use questions; and 2) assess motives, expectancies, symptoms, craving and withdrawal in youth reporting use.

Heitzeg, Mary (Co-Chair) - University of Michigan; Email: mheitzeg@med.umich.edu
Lisdahl, Krista (Co-Chair) - Lisdahl, Krista - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Email: medinak@uwm.edu
Bagot, Kara - University of California San Diego
Feldstein-Ewing, Sarah - Oregon Health & Science University
Foxe, John - University of Rochester
Gonzalez, Raul - Florida International University
Jacobus, Joanna - University of California San Diego
Lessov-Schlaggar, Christina - Washington University in St. Louis
Lopez, Marsha - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Nixon, Sara Jo - University of Florida
Ross, Jessica (Megan) - University of Colorado Boulder
Shilling, Paul - University of California San Diego
Sher, Ken - University of Missouri
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Thompson, Wes - University of California San Diego
Vrieze, Scott - University of Colorado Boulder

Culture & Environment
Selects measures of socio-cultural and environmental factors that may confer risk or protection to the development of health or mental health problems in youth. Whenever possible, measures are chosen to be brief, appropriate for administration throughout adolescence, and valid across cultures. The domains that are assessed span individual, family, school, and neighborhood factors and include prosocial behaviors, problem solving, independence/self-reliance, acculturation, biculturalism, parental monitoring, parental warmth, family conflict, familism, school environment, and neighborhood safety.

Zucker, Bob (Co-Chair) - University of Michigan; Email: zuckerra@med.umich.edu
Gonzalez, Raul (Co-Chair) - Florida International University; Email: raul.gonzalezjr@fiu.edu
Arroyo, Judith - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Feldstein-Ewing, Sarah - Oregon Health & Science University
Fuligini, Andrew - University of California Los Angeles
Infante, Alejandra - University of California San Diego
Iyengar, Sunil - National Endowment for the Arts
Jean-Francois, Beda - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Mason, Michael - University of Tennessee
Matthews, Stephen - Penn State
Morris, Amanda - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Robin, Leah - Centers for Disease Control
Sanchez, Mariana - Florida International University
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Thompson, Wes - University of California San Diego

Biospecimen and Developmental Biomarkers
Recommends collection of several biological samples to provide information on genetics, pubertal and other hormones, exposures to various compounds, and other health measures. Sampling techniques, including saliva samples and blood testing, were selected to minimize participant discomfort and maximize data quality across the ten year longitudinal assessment, and to help validate self-report information.

Madden, Pamela (Co-Chair) - Washington University in St. Louis; Email: maddenp@psychiatry.wustl.edu
Sowell, Elizabeth (Co-Chair) - Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California; Email: esowell@chla.usc.edu
Babcock, Debra - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Baker, Fiona - SRI International
Brooks, Andrew - Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository
Chang, Linda - University of Maryland at Baltimore
Dowling, Gaya - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Haist, Frank - University of California San Diego
Heath, Andrew - Washington University in St. Louis
Hoffman, Elizabeth - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Huestis, Marilyn (Consultant) - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Jacobus, Joanna - University of California San Diego
Kit, Brian - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Lisdahl, Krista - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Little, Roger - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Squeglia, Lindsay - Medical University of South Carolina
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Thompson, Wes - University of California San Diego
Tischfield, Jay - Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository
Uban, Kristina - Children's Hospital Los Angeles / University of Southern California
Vrieze, Scott - University of Colorado Boulder
Yurgelun-Todd, Deborah - The University of Utah

Mobile Technology
Focuses on methods to collect key information with minimal burden to participants, often using technology. One pilot project will use wearable sensors (e.g., Fitbits) to measure activity, sleep, and other health indicators in youth. Social media use, including mobile applications for data collection, may also be explored in the future.

Patrick, Kevin (Co-Chair) - University of California San Diego; Email: kpatrick@ucsd.edu
Squeglia, Lindsay (Co-Chair) - Medical University of South Carolina; Email: squegli@musc.edu
Aklin, Will - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Archibald, Sarah - University of California San Diego
Bagot, Kara - University of California San Diego
Baker, Fiona - SRI International
Breslin, Florence - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Brown, Sandra - University of California San Diego
Dapretto, Mirella - University of California Los Angeles
Dowling, Gaya - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Estrin, Deborah (Consultant) - Cornell University
Freedman, Ed - University of Rochester
Fuemmeler, Bernard - Virginia Commonwealth University
Herting, Megan - Keck School of Medicine of USC
Hoffman, Elizabeth - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Iyengar, Sunil - National Endowment for the Arts
Lisdahl, Krista - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Mason, Michael - University of Tennessee Knoxville
Neale, Mike - Virginia Commonwealth University
Sowell, Elizabeth - Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Thompson, Wes - University of California San Diego
Vrieze, Scott - University of Colorado Boulder
Wolff, Dana - Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research / National Institutes of Health

Passive Data Collection
Focuses on methods to make use of existing data, such as geolocation-based information and procurement of school, medical, and other records, with permission, to better understand participant contextual and background information while minimizing participant burden.

Paulus, Martin (Co-Chair) - Laureate Institute for Brain Research; Email: mpaulus@laureateinstitute.org
Thompson, Wes (Co-Chair) - University of California San Diego; Email: wes.stat@gmail.com
Aklin, Will - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Archibald, Sarah - University of California San Diego
Bagot, Kara - University of California San Diego
Breslin, Florence - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Brown, Sandra - University of California San Diego
Dowling, Gaya - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Herting, Megan - Keck School of Medicine of USC
Hoffman, Elizabeth - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Lessov-Schlaggar, Christina - Washington University in St. Louis
Lisdahl, Krista - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Matthews, Stephen - Penn State
Neale, Mike - Virginia Commonwealth University
Sowell, Elizabeth - Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern
Spittel, Mike - Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Vrieze, Scott - University of Colorado Boulder

Design Workgroup

Ensures that all aspects of the study design, including sampling methods, twin cohort (and other forms of relatedness), and risk enrichment strategy are monitored in an integrated way. This group includes a subcommittee focused on designing standardized recruitment and retention strategies consistent with the sampling methods and design, and aimed at achieving the desired cohort demographics.

Garavan, Hugh (Chair) - University of Vermont; Email: hgaravan@uvm.edu
Anokhin, Audrey - Washington University in St. Louis
Dale, Anders - University of California San Diego
Heath, Andrew - Washington University in St. Louis
Heeringa, Steve - University of Michigan
Iacono, Bill - University of Minnesota
Lopez, Marsha - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Messer, Karen - University of California San Diego
Nagel, Bonnie - Oregon Health & Science University
Neale, Mike - Virginia Commonwealth University
Thompson, Wes - Denmark
Yang, Yaling - Children's Hospital Los Angeles / University of Southern California

Retention Workgroup

Anokhin, Andrey - Washington University in St. Louis
Brown, Sandra - University of California San Diego
Cottler, Linda - University of Florida
Dowling, Gaya - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Feldstein-Ewing, Sarah - Oregon Health & Science University
Garavan, Hugh - University of Vermont
Hernandez Mejia, Margie - University of California San Diego
Zucker, Bob - University of Michigan

Biostatistics Workgroup

Ensures the biostatistical approaches used to address the study aims are optimal for, and take full advantage of, all aspects of the study design.

Thompson, Wes (Chair) - University of California San Diego
Bartsch, Hauke - University of California San Diego
Dale, Anders - University of California San Diego
Garavan, Hugh - University of Vermont
Haist, Frank - University of California San Diego
Heeringa, Steve - University of Michigan
Neale, Mike - Virginia Commonwealth University
Nichols, Tom - University of Warwick, UK
Reuter, Chase - University of California San Diego
Schilling, Paul - University of California San Diego
Sher, Ken - University of Missouri
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Zahs, Dan - University of Michigan

Image Acquisition

Oversees the design of appropriate MRI protocols for structural and functional imaging and behavioral measures, quality control procedures, and calibration within – and across – scanners and sites, and manages problems associated with scanner and software upgrades and functional MRI task optimization and code. This workgroup consists of voting members, site affiliates, fellows, consultants and NIH representation to meet these goals.

Members

Casey, BJ (Co-Chair) - Yale University; Email: bjcasey@yale.edu
Dale, Anders (Co-Chair) - University of California San Diego; Email: amdale@ucsd.edu
Fair, Damien (Co-Chair) - Oregon Health & Science University; Email: faird@ohsu.edu
Banich, Marie - University of Colorado Boulder
Bjork, Jim - Virginia Commonwealth University
Bodurka, Jerzy - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Ernst, Thomas - University of Maryland at Baltimore
Galvan, Adriana - University of California, Los Angeles
Garavan, Hugh - University of Vermont
Harms, Michael - Washington University in St. Louis
Heitzeg, Mary - University of Michigan
Kuperman, Josh - University of California San Diego
Laird, Angela - Florida International University
Luna, Beatriz - University of Pittsburgh
Prescot, Andrew - University of Utah
Thomas, Kathleen - University of Minnesota
Zhong, Jianhui - University of Rochester

Site Affiliates

Barch, Deanna - Washington University in St. Louis
Bartsch, Hauke - University of California, San Diego
Breslin, Florence - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Chang, Linda - University of Maryland at Baltimore
Constable, Todd - Yale University
Dick, Anthony - Florida International University
Dumas, Julie - University of Vermont
Fox, John J. - University of Rochester
Freedman, Ed - University of Rochester
Hagler, Donald - University of California San Diego
Haist, Frank - University of California, San Diego
Harms, Michael - Washington University in St. Louis
Huber, Rebekah - University of Utah
Jacobus, Joanna - University of California, San Diego
Kan, Eric Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Kennedy, David - Umass Medical School
Mueller, Bryon - University of Minnesota
Paulus, Martin - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Polimeni, Jonathan - MGH/Harvard
Renshaw, Perry - University of Utah
Rosen, Bruce MGH/Harvard
Shukla, Dinesh - University of Maryland at Baltimore
Sutherland, Matthew - Florida International University
Thompson, Wes - University of California, San Diego
Watts, Richard - University of Vermont

Fellows

Brima, Tufikameni - University of Rochester
Calabro, Finnegan - University of Pittsburgh
Cannonier, Tariq - Yale University
Cervera, Alessandra - Yale University
Chaarani, Bader - University of Vermont
Cohen, Ali Weill - Cornell Medical College/NYU
Conley, May - Yale University
Cornejo, M. Daniela - University of California, San Diego
Earl, Eric - Oregon Health & Science University
Goldstone, Aimee - SRI International
Koller, Jonathan - Washington University in St. Louis
Martinez, Steven - Yale University
May, April - University of California, San Diego
Orr, Catherine - University of Vermont
Perrone, Anders - Oregon Health & Science University
Riedel, Michael - Florida International University
Robbins, Maria - Yale University
Rosenberg, Monica - Yale University
Soules, Mary - University of Michigan
Speer, Nicole - University of Colorado Boulder
Sturgeon, Darrick - Oregon Health & Science University
Wang, Kai - University of Colorado Boulder

Consultants

Bandettini, Peter - National Institute of Mental Health
Dosenbach, Nico - Washington University in St. Louis
Nichols, Tom - University of Oxford, UK
Petersen, Steven - Washington University in St. Louis
Wager, Tor - University of Colorado Boulder

NIH Representatives

Friedman-Hill, Stacia - National Institute of Mental Health
Grant, Steve - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Pierpaoli, Carlo - National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Image Analysis

Oversees the implementation of analysis workflows for structural and functional imaging measures, including cortical and subcortical segmentation, diffusion MRI tractography, and task-related and resting state fMRI.

Dale, Anders (Chair) - University of California, San Diego; Email: amdale@ucsd.edu
Casey, BJ - Yale University
Fair, Damien - Oregon Health & Science University
Fischl, Bruce - Massachusetts General Hospital
Hagler, Don - University of California San Diego
Lim, Kelvin - University of Minnesota
Matochik, John - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Pariyadath, Vani - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Petersen, Steve - Washington University in St. Louis
Pierpaoli, Carlo - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Intramural Research Program
Prescot, Andrew - The University of Utah
Simmons, Kyla - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Thompson, Paul - University of Southern California
Yang, Yaling - Children's Hospital Los Angeles / University of Southern California

Informatics

Oversees the implementation of appropriate software solutions and hardware infrastructure for storage and databasing of raw and derived data across all domains, including imaging, all assessment data, genetic and other biological data, and mobile technologies.

Kennedy, David (Chair) - University of Massachusetts Amherst; Email: david.kennedy@umassmed.edu
Bartsch, Hauke - University of California San Diego
Dale, Anders - University of California San Diego
Farber, Greg - National Institute of Mental Health
Hall, Dan - National Institute of Mental Health Data Archive
Jernigan, Terry - University of California San Diego
Laird, Angela - Florida International University
Marcus, Dan - Washington University in St. Louis
Mueller, Michael - University of Maryland at Baltimore
Noronha, Antonio - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego

Outreach & Dissemination

Develops and implements a strategy to effectively engage ABCD stakeholders, promote awareness about the study and its benefits, and encourage participation in the study by developing outreach materials (e.g., website, brochures, recruitment letters, videos), identifying vehicles and influencers to amplify our message to further raise awareness, and working with the Coordinating Center to monitor site outreach to identify gaps and propose solutions when needed. The group also coordinates the dissemination of study findings to stakeholders and constituents as they are available.

Hoffman, Elizabeth (Co-Chair) - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health; Email: elizabeth.hoffman@nih.gov
Howlett, Katia (Co-Chair) - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health; Email: katia.delrahim-howlett@nih.gov
Breslin, Florence - Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Brown, Sandra - University of California San Diego
Casey, BJ - Yale University
Garavan, Hugh - University of Vermont
Hernandez, Margie - University of California San Diego
Heyser, Charles - University of California San Diego
Infante, Alejandra - University of California San Diego
Jernigan, Terry - University of California San Diego
Rankin, Michele - National Institute on Drug Abuse / National Institutes of Health
Sowell, Elizabeth - Children's Hospital Los Angeles / University of Southern California
Tapert, Susan - University of California San Diego
Weistrop, Rachel - University of California San Diego
Winseck, Kate -  National Institutes of Health / Office of the Director