Sabrina Elayne Brierley Schuck

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Executive Director, Child Development Center, Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Assistant Professor In Residence, Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Volunteer Faculty, Psychological Science
School of Social Ecology
Volunteer Faculty, Education
School of Education

Ph.D., UC Riverside, 2008, Education
M.A., Chapman University, 1997, Clinical Psychology
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1990, Psychology

Phone: (949) 824-2343

University of California, Irvine
19262 Jamboree Road
Mail Code: 4480
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
ADHD; Autism Spectrum, Disorders of Reading and Written Language; Human-Animal Bond, Canine Assisted Intervention; psychosocial skills, cognitive-behavioral and physical activity interventions; school-based interventions; maternal mental health
2008-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics, UC Irvine Neuropsychology Lab
Schuck, S. E. B., Emmerson, N. A., Abdullah, M. M., Fine, A. H., Stehli, A., & Lakes, K. D. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of traditional psychosocial and canine-assisted intervention for children with ADHD. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (1), 64-80.

Schuck. S.E.B., & Fine, A. (2017). School-based Animal Assisted Interventions for children with deficits in Executive Function. In N.R. Gee, A. H. Fine, & P. McCardle (Eds.), How Animals Help Students Learn: Research and Practice for Educators and Mental-Health Professionals. New York: Routledge, Taylor Francis Group.

Schuck, S., Ziv, H., Emmerson, N., Collins, P., Warschauer, M., & Lakes, K.D. (2016). Designing an iPad app to monitor and improve classroom behavior for children with ADHD: iSelfControl Feasibility and Pilot Studies. PLOS ONE.

Gee, N, Schuck. S.E.B., & Fine, A. (2015). Animals in Educational Settings: Research and Practice. In A.H. Fine (ed.), Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical foundations and guidelines for applying animal assisted interventions, 4th Edition. United Kingdom: Elselvier

Schuck, S., Emmerson, N., Fine, A., & Lakes, K. D. (2015). Canine assisted therapy for children with ADHD: Preliminary findings from the Positive Assertive Cooperative Kids (P.A.C.K.) study. Journal of Attention Disorders (19) 2, 91-98.

Schuck, S.E.B., Emmerson, N., Abdullah, M., & Crinella, F.M. (2014). Soy-based infant formula associated with increased risk for ADHD. In V.R. Preedy, R.R. Watson, & S. Zibadi (eds.), Handbook of dietary and nutritional aspects of bottle feeding, Human Health Handbooks no. 8, (pp.627-643). doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-223 8_38. Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers

Schuck, S.E.B., Yi, M., Crinella, F.M. (2013). Nutritional Supplements in the treatment of ADHD. Future Medicine, 130-147. doi: 10.2217/ebo.13.163

Schuck, S., Emmerson, N., Fine, A., & Lakes, K. Canine Assisted Therapy for Children with ADHD: Preliminary Findings from The Positive Assertive Cooperative Kids (P.A.C.K.) Study. Journal of Attention Disorders. Advance online publication.

Swanson, J., Schuck, S., Mann, M., Carlson, C., Hartman, C., Sergeant, J., Clevenger, W., & Wasdell, M. (2012). Categorical and dimensional definitions and evaluations of symptoms of ADHD: History of the SNAP and the SWAN Rating Scales. The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, Vol. 10(1)

Wigal, S. B., Wigal, T.L., Schuck, S, Brams, M., Williamson, D, Armstrong, R. B., & Starr, H. L. (2011). Academic, Behavioral and Cognitive effects of OROS MPH on older children with ADHD. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacolgy 21 (2): 121-131

Wigal S. B., Maltas S., Crinella F., Stehli, A., Steinhoff, K., Lakes, K, & Schuck, S: Reading performance as a function of treatment with Lisadexamphetamine Dimesylate in elementary school children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Attention Disorders, 2010 Oct 26. (Epub ahead of print).

Schuck, S. E. B. (2008). Reading Comprehension and the Role of Oral and Silent Reading: Comparing Children With and Without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering Vol 69(3-B), pp. 1983.

Schuck, S. E. B. & Crinella, F. M. (2005). Why children with ADHD do not have low IQ’s. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 38, 262-280

Leung, P.W., Lee, C.C., Hung, S.F., Ho, T.P., Tang, C.P., Kwong, S.L., Leung, S.Y., Yuen, S.T., Lieh-Mak, F., Oosterlaan, J., Grady, D., Harxhi, A., Ding, Y.C., hi, H.C., Flodman, P., Schuck, S., Spence, M.A., Moyzis, R. and Swanson, J. (2005). Dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) gene in Han Chinese children with attention-
deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Increased prevalence of the 2-repeat allele. American Journal of Medical Genetics Feb 5; 133 (1):54-6

Grady. D. L., Chi H-C. , Ding Y-C., Smith, M., Wang, E., Schuck,
S., Flodman, P., Spence, M.A., Swanson, J. and Moyzis, R. K., (2003). High prevalence of rare D4 receptor alleles in children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Molecular Psychiatry 8:536-45

Ding YC, Chi HC, Grady DL, Morishima A, Kidd JR, Kidd KK, Flodman P, Spence MA, Schuck S, Swanson JM, Zhang YP, Moyzis RK. (2002). Evidence of positive selection acting at the human dopamine receptor D4 gene locus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science: 99:309-14.

Swanson, J., Oosterlaan, J., Murias, M., Schuck, S., Flodman, P., Spence, M. A., Wasdell, M., Ding, Y., Chi, H-C., Smith, M., Mann, M., Carlson, C., Kennedy, J. L., Sergeant, J. A., Leung, P., Zhang, Y-P., Sadeh, A., Chen, C., Whalen, C. K., Babb, K. A., Moyzis, R., &. Posner, M. I. (2001). Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder children with a 7-repeat allele of the dopamine receptor D4 gene have extreme behavior but normal performance on critical neuropsychological tests of attention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 97: 4754-4759.

Swanson, J. M., Flodman, P., Kennedy, J., Spence, M. A., Moyzis, R., Schuck, S., Murias, M., Moriarty, J., Barr, C., Smith, M., Posner, M., (2000). Dopamine genes and ADHD. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 24(1),. 21-25

Sunohara, G. A., Roberts, W., Malone, M., Schachar, R. J., Tannock, R., Basile, V., Wigal, T.; Wigal, S. B; Schuck, S. Moriarty, J. Swanson, J. M; Kennedy, J. L; Barr, C. L (2000). Linkage of the dopamine D4 receptor gene and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 39(12), 1537-1542

LaHoste, G. J, Wigal, T., King, B. H., Schuck, S. E., Crinella, F. M., Swanson, J. M. (2000). Carbamazepine reduces dopamine-mediated behavior in chronic neuroleptic-treated and untreated rats: Implications for treatment of tardive dyskinesia and hyperdopaminergic states. Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology, 8(1), 125-132

March, J. S., Conners, C, Arnold, G., Epstein, J., Parker, J., Hinshaw, S., Abikoff, H., Molina, B., Wells, K., Newcorn, J., Schuck, S., Pelham, W. E., Hoza, B. (1999). The Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC): Confirmatory factor analysis in a pediatric ADHD sample Journal of Attention Disorders, 3(2) 85-89
$75,000 (PI-Schuck: 2010). Unrestricted Research Grant, Awarded by the Nicholas Endowment Foundation. UC Irvine School Early Intervention Program at the Child Development School
$100,000 (PI-Schuck: 2014). Unrestricted Research Grant, Awarded by the Nicholas Endowment Foundation. UC Irvine Middle School Program at the Child Development School
$2,228,676 R01 HD 066593-03 (PI-Schuck: 6/1/10-5/31/15) PHS – NICHD. The Role of Human Animal Interaction in Treating Self Esteem, Self-Regulation, and Social Skills Deficits in Children with ADHD. Role: Principal Investigator
$400,000 annually Orange County Health Care Agency Prevention and Early Intervention Program, Soul Source Contract (P.I.-Schuck: 3/31/11 to 6/30/16). UC Irvine School Early Intervention Program Outcomes Role: Principal Investigator
$100,000 annually (PI-Schuck: 2014-2017). Unrestricted Development Grant, Awarded by the Newkirk Family Foundation. UC Irvine Middle School Program at the Child Development School
$400,000 annually Orange County Health Care Agency Prevention and Early Intervention Program, Soul Source Contract (P.I.-Schuck: 7/01/16 to 6/30/17). UC Irvine School Early Intervention Program Outcomes. Role: Principal Investigator
$480,000 annually Orange County Health Care Agency Prevention and Early Intervention Program, Soul Source Contract (P.I.-Schuck: 7/01/17 to 6/30/20). UC Irvine School Early Intervention Program Outcomes. Role: Principal Investigator
Professional Societies
American Psychological Assoication, Division 17, Section 13
International Society for Anthrozoology
Society for the Research of Child Development
Society for Behavioral Medicine
Graduate Programs


Research Centers
UC Irvine Child Development Center School
Pediatric Exercise Research Center
The Children’s School -
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