Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-7-2021

Faculty Advisor(s)

Franceli Cibrian


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric condition in the U.S., and children with ADHD can display symptoms of inattention and hyperactive or impulsive behaviors thatoften require the support from caregivers and treatments such as medication or behavioral interventions. Tofurther assist children with ADHD in regulating their emotions and behavior, the use of wearable assistivetechnology like smartwatches is being explored, and various applications have been shown to help childrenand adults with intellectual disabilities in regulating their emotions and behavior. One type of application thatis not well documented in current scientific literature is the use of health-related data like the user’s heart ratecollected by the smartwatch in providing better and more timely behavioral and emotional interventions forchildren with ADHD. In this project, we are analyzing the data from 12 children with ADHD including heart rate, energy expenditure, and time asleep. Currently we found that 9 out of the 12 children wore the smartwatchregularly, and their average heart rate was 90.651 ± 24.007 bpm. For future work, we will continue similarexploratory analysis and ultimately use the health data to classify key events for the child and determine when and what kind of emotional assistance should be provided by the smartwatches.


Presented at the virtual Spring 2021 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.