The Promoting Adolescent School Success (P.A.S.S.) research group at Virginia Commonwealth University is directed by Joshua Langberg, Ph.D., and includes faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and full-time research staff, all devoted to the mission of helping adolescents succeed in school. We have exciting ongoing research projects across all periods of adolescence, including studies at the middle, high school and college levels. We understand that many factors go into adolescents having a positive school experience and achieving academically. Accordingly, we are actively studying many aspects of school success, including organization and time-management skills, executive functions, sleep, homework and study skills, and parent involvement. We are interested in learning about factors that place adolescents at risk for school failure (e.g., the association between ADHD and academic achievement), and also about factors that protect adolescents and help them achieve in the presence of risk (e.g., why do some adolescents use illicit substances in college while others do not?).

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