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Anne-Claude Bedard


Anne-Claude Bedard
Assistant Professor

phone: (416) 978-1091
email: ac.bedard@utoronto.ca  


Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development



Research Overview

Dr. Bedard's research focuses on the study of impaired cognition in childhood mental disorders. She has expertise in the development, administration, and interpretation of neurocognitive assessment measures. She has conducted several research studies evaluating pharmacological (e.g., stimulant and non-stimulant agents) and non-pharmacological (e.g., computer-based cognitive training, play-based executive functioning training, physical exercise) interventions for individuals with ADHD across the life span.

Teaching Overview

Dr. Bedard's specialty courses include:

APD1210: Research Practicum
APD1297: Mental Health in the Classroom: How Educators Can Help Our Most Vulnerable Students
APD3286: Developmental Neuropsychology
APD5001: Psychology and Education of Students with ADHD
APD5012: Mind, Brain, Instruction


Representative Publications

Schulz KP, Krone B, Adler LA, Bédard AV, Duhoux S, Pedraza J, Mahagabin S, Newcorn JH. (2018). Lisdexamfetamine targets amygdala mechanisms that bias cognitive control in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging.[Epub ahead of print]
Simone AN, Marks DJ, Bédard AC, Halperin JM. (2018). Low Working Memory rather than ADHD Symptoms Predicts     Poor Academic Achievement in School-Aged Children. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 46(2): 277-290.
Schulz KP, Bédard AV, Fan J, Hildebrandt TB, Stein MA, Ivanov I, Halperin JM, Newcorn JH. (2017). Striatal Activation Predicts Differential Therapeutic Responses to Methylphenidate and Atomoxetine. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 56(7):602-609.
Simone AN, Bedard A-C, Marks DJ, Halperin JM. (2016). Good holders, bad shufflers: An examination of working memory processes and modalities among children with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 22(1):1-11.

Bédard AC, Stein MA, Halperin JM, Krone B, Rajwan E, Newcorn JH. (2015). Differential impact of methylphenidate and atomoxetine on sustained attention in youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 56(1):40-8.

Bédard AC, Newcorn JH, Clerkin SM, Krone B, Fan J, Halperin JM, Schulz KP. (2014). Reduced prefrontal efficiency for visuospatial working memory in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. Sep;53(9):1020-1030.

Chacko A, Bedard AC, Marks DJ, Feirsen N, Uderman JZ, Chimiklis A, Rajwan E, Cornwell M, Anderson L, Zwilling A, Ramon M. (2014). A randomized clinical trial of Cogmed Working Memory Training in school-age children with ADHD: a replication in a diverse sample using a control condition. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 55(3):247-55.

Schulz KP, Fan J, Bédard AC, Clerkin SM, Ivanov I, Tang CY, Halperin JM, Newcorn JH. (2012). Common and unique therapeutic mechanisms of stimulant and nonstimulant treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 69(9):952-61.

Halperin JM, Bédard AC, Curchack-Lichtin JT. (2012). Preventive interventions for ADHD: a neurodevelopmental perspective. Neurotherapeutics. 9(3):531-41

Bédard AC, Trampush JW, Newcorn JH, Halperin JM. (2010). Perceptual and motor inhibition in adolescents/young adults with childhood-diagnosed ADHD. Neuropsychology. 24(4):424-34.

Bédard AC, Schulz KP, Cook EH Jr, Fan J, Clerkin SM, Ivanov I, Halperin JM, Newcorn JH. (2010). Dopamine transporter gene variation modulates activation of striatum in youth with ADHD. Neuroimage. 15;53(3):935-42.

Bedard AC, Martinussen R, Ickowicz A, Tannock R. (2004). Methylphenidate improves visual-spatial memory in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 43(3):260-8.        

Bedard AC, Nichols S, Barbosa JA, Schachar R, Logan GD, Tannock R. (2002). The development of selective inhibitory control across the life span. Dev Neuropsychol. 21(1):93-111.