About the Children's Research Center


The  Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)  provides educational opportunities for Japanese and international communities and supports many areas of research.

The Children’s Research Center is led by  Gail Tripp, Ph.D. , a professor at OIST and registered clinical psychologist from New Zealand. Our staff have advanced degrees and licenses in psychology and are experienced in working with children and families in the U.S. and Japan.

Our main goal is to understand the causes of  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which will aid treatment. Previous research suggests that children with ADHD differ in their responses to reinforcement (e.g., being praised, winning or losing points). We are investigating the nature of these differences and how they may contribute to symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. 

Our research also extends to improving the understanding of pragmatic language use, social skills and neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses of children with ADHD. 

Comprehensive Assessment in English

As part of research, we carry out comprehensive assessment with children who demonstrate symptoms of ADHD and their families. Such assessment can aid diagnostic decision making and treatment planning.


Help needed from all children and families

We are also looking for children who  don't  show symptoms of ADHD to participate in our research as control group volunteers .

Please help advance our knowledge!