The Appalachian Adult ADHD Lab (AAA Lab) is devoted primarily to investigating the assessment, features, course, consequences, comorbidities, and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, with a special focus on adult populations. Since relocation (and renaming) in 2007 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) to Appalachian State University, the lab has completed studies examining interactions and expectations in romantic couples with and without ADHD partners, activity- and health-related outcomes of young adults, potential diagnostic criteria for ADHD in emerging adulthood, effects of antioxidants on cognitive functioning and how a commercial neurocognitive battery fares as a measure of ADHD across the adult lifespan, how perceived stress and quality of life are related to ADHD symptoms in a large community sample, the accuracy of knowledge regarding ADHD in teacher trainees relative to undergraduate peers, and the work satisfaction of practicing psychologists in small group versus managed healthcare work settings.

Additional active streams in Dr. Canu's research include

  • assessing and addressing learning differences in college students 
  • issues related to enhancing psychological health in rural communities (e.g., impact of industrial activity, use of telehealth interventions)

Dr. Canu and his graduate and undergraduate assistants are currently engaged in several projects.

Dr. Canu offers at least on an annual basis opportunities for undergraduates or prospective graduate students in the ASU Clinical-Health Master's program to join the lab at various levels of involvement. 

For other information or general inquiries, you can contact Dr. Canu at


Will Canu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
ASU College STAR Project Director
Assistant Director, ASU Psychology Clinic
Appalachian State University
PO Box 32109
222 Joyce Lawrence Lane
Boone, NC 28608
828-262-2272 ext. 412

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