David Rabiner
  • David Rabiner

  • Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
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  • Phone: (919) 684-6217
  • Fax: (919) 684-4515
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    Dr. Rabiner’s work focuses on violence prevention, ADHD, and interventions to improve academic performance in children with attention difficulties. In the violence prevention area, he is currently working on the GREAT Schools and Families project, a multi-site violence prevention study for middle school students that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control. Other projects include a study of two different computerized interventions for elementary school students with attention difficulties and a study of the misuse and abuse of ADHD medications among college students. He also has long standing interests in improving the quality of care received by children with ADHD and in the relationship between children's social experience and their social cognitive functioning.
  • Specialties

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
  • Areas of Interest

    ADHD
    attention problems and academic achievement
    working memory
    abuse of ADHD medications
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Duke University,
      • 1987
      • A.B., Magna cum Laude,
      • Psychology,
      • Brown University, Providence, RI,
      • 1980
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Sage Science Award,
      • Journal of Attention Disorders & Sage Publications,
      • September, 2010
  • Recent Publications

      • AS Rowland, BJ Skipper, DM Umbach, DL Rabiner, RA Campbell, AJ Naftel and DP Sandler.
      • 2015.
      • The Prevalence of ADHD in a Population-Based Sample..
      • Journal of attention disorders
      • 19:
      • 741-754
      • .
      Publication Description

      Few studies of ADHD prevalence have used population-based samples, multiple informants, and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.; DSM-IV) criteria. Moreover, children who are asymptomatic while receiving ADHD medication often have been misclassified. Therefore, we conducted a population-based study to estimate the prevalence of ADHD in elementary school children using DSM-IV criteria.We screened 7,587 children for ADHD. Teachers of 81% of the children completed a DSM-IV checklist. We then interviewed parents using a structured interview (DISC). Of these, 72% participated. Parent and teacher ratings were combined to determine ADHD status. We also estimated the proportion of cases attributable to other conditions.Overall, 15.5% of our sample met DSM- (4th ed.; text rev., DSM-IV-TR) criteria for ADHD (95% CI [14.6%, 16.4%]); 42% of cases reported no previous diagnosis. With additional information, other conditions explained 9% of cases.The prevalence of ADHD in this population-based sample was considerably higher than 3% to 7%. To compare study results, the DSM criteria need standardization.

      • AS Young and D Rabiner.
      • 2015.
      • Racial/ethnic differences in parent-reported barriers to accessing children's health services..
      • Psychological services
      • 12:
      • 267-273
      • .
      Publication Description

      The goals of this study were to identify whether barriers that parents perceived to using health care differed by service type (medical vs. mental health care) and whether there were racial/ethnic differences in barriers. Participants were a community sample of 275 parents (34.2% African American, 36.7% Caucasian, and 29.1% Hispanic) of children ages 9-13 years old who rated the extent to which potential barriers in 3 broad domains (stigma-related, logistical, and socioeconomic) would prevent or delay them from obtaining services. They also rated internalizing and externalizing problems exhibited by their child. Overall, parents reported greater socioeconomic and stigma-related barriers to obtaining mental health services than medical services. Hispanic parents reported socioeconomic and stigma-related barriers as more inhibiting than did African-American parents. Findings highlight the importance of strengthening relationships between mental health care providers and the community to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment for children and better educating parents about the potential benefits of treatment. Policy focused on educating parents about their insurance options and improving insurance coverage may help to reduce socioeconomic barriers.

      • Rabiner, D.L., Carrig, M., & Dodge, K.A..
      • 2013.
      • Attention problems and academic achievement: Do persistent and earlier-emerging problems have more adverse long-term effects?.
      • Journal of Attention Disorders
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      • Multisite Violence Prevention Project.
      • 2013.
      • Implementation and process effects on prevention outcomes for middle school students..
      • Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
      • .
      • Green, A.L., & Rabiner, D.L..
      • 2013.
      • Prevalence and Correlates of ADHD in College Students: A Comparison of Diagnostic Methods..
      • Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
      • 3:
      • .
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