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Annie Garner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical Program
Department of Psychology

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology; Graduate: Clinical Practicum; Lifespan Developmental: Clinical Implications; Child Psychopathology and Assessment; Child Interventions


Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham, 2012
M.A., University of Alabama Birmingham, 2009 
B.S., University of Alabama Birmingham, 2006

Research Interests

The majority of studies documenting ADHD-related driving problems have focused on adult drivers with ADHD. Since adolescent drivers are 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers over age 20 (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2009), there is a need for research examining the combined risk of being an adolescent driver and having an ADHD diagnosis. Moreover, many studies with adults have simply documented differences between those with and without ADHD on various driving outcomes providing limited information about why individuals with ADHD are at increased risk for poor driving. Garner's research program addresses this limitation by examining why adolescents with ADHD experience driving problems.

Labs and Facilities


Professor Garner will be accepting students into her lab for Fall 2023.

Publications and Media Placements

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Garner, A.A., Hansen, A., Baxley, C., Becker, S.P., Sidol, C.A., & Beebe, D.W. (2017). Effect of sleep extension on sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms and driving behavior in adolescents with chronic short sleep. Sleep Medicine, 30, 93-96.

Stavrinos, D., Garner, A.A., Franklin, C.A., Welburn, S.C., Johnson, H.D., Griffin, R., Underhill, A.T., & Fine, P.R. (in press, 2015). Distracted driving in teens with and without AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Pediatric Nursing (Special Issue: Health Care Transition for Adolescents and Emerging Adults with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities).

Garner, A. A., Miller, M. M., Field, J., Noe, O., Smith, Z., & Beebe, D. W. (2015). Impact of experimentally manipulated sleep on adolescent simulated driving. Sleep Medicine, 16(6), 796-799.

Narad, M., Garner, A.A., Antonini, T., Kingery, K., Tamm, L., & Epstein, J. (in press, 2015). Negative driving outcomes reported by adolescents with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Attention Disorders.

O’Connor, B.C., Garner, A.A., Peugh, J.L., Simon, J., & Epstein, J.N. (2015). Improved but still impaired: Symptom-impairment correspondence among youth with ADHD receiving community based care. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 36, 106-114. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000124

Kingery, K. M., Narad, M., Garner, A. A., Antonini, T. N., Tamm, L., & Epstein, J. N. (2014). Extended visual glances away from the roadway are associated with ADHD-and texting-related driving performance deficits in adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1-12.

Garner, A. A., Peugh, J., Becker, S. P., Kingery, K. M., Tamm, L., Vaughn, A. J., Ciesielski, H., Simon, J. O., Loren, R. E. A., & Epstein, J. N. (2014). Does sluggish cognitive tempo fit within a bi-factor model of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? Journal of Attention Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1087054714539995

Narad, M., †Garner, A.A., Tamm, L., Antonini, T., O’Brien, K., Simon, J., & Epstein, J. (in press, 2014). Parent-teacher agreement on ADHD symptoms across development. Psychological Assessment.

Becker, S. P., Ciesielski, H. A., Rood, J. E., Froehlich, T. E., Garner, A. A., Tamm, L., & Epstein, J. N. (2014). Uncovering a clinical portrait of sluggish cognitive tempo within an evaluation for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A case study. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359104514554312

Garner, A.A. Gentry, A., Welburn, S.C., Franklin, C.A., Fine, P.R., & Stavrinos, D. (2014). Symptom dimensions of disruptive behavior disorders in adolescent drivers. Journal of Attention Disorders, 18, 496-503. Annie A. Garner 4

Garner, A.A., O’Connor, B.C., Narad, M.E., Tamm, L. Simon, J., & Epstein, J.N. (2013). The relationship between ADHD symptom dimensions and clinical correlates with functional impairments. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 34, 469-477.

Becker, S. P., Fite, P. J., Garner, A. A., Greening, L., Stoppelbein, L., & Luebbe, A. M. (2013). Reward and punishment sensitivity are differentially associated with ADHD and sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms in children. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 719-727. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2013.07.001

Stavrinos, D., Jones, J. L., Garner, A. A., Griffin, R., Franklin, C. A., Ball, D., ... & Fine, P. R. (2013). Impact of distracted driving on safety and traffic flow. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 61, 63-70.

Narad, M.E., Garner, A.A., Brassell, A.A., Saxby, D., Antonini, T.N., O'Brien, K.M., Tamm, L., Matthews, G., & Epstein, J.N. (2013). The impact of distraction on the driving performance of adolescents with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. JAMA Pediatrics, 167(10), 933-8. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.322.

Garner, A.A., Mrug, S., Hodgens, B., & Patterson, C. (2013). Do symptoms of sluggish cognitive tempo in children with ADHD symptoms represent comorbid internalizing difficulties? Journal of Attention Disorders, 17, 510-518

Garner, A.A., Fine, P.R., Franklin, C.A., Sattin, R.W., & Stavrinos, D. (2011). Distracted driving among adolescents: Challenges and opportunities. Injury Prevention, 17, 285. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2011-040096

Garner, A.A., Marceaux, J., Mrug, S., Patterson, C., & Hodgens, B. (2010). Dimensions and correlates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sluggish cognitive tempo. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 1097-1107. doi: 10.1007/s10802-010-9436-8

*Artiga, A.I., Viana, J.B., Maldonado, C.R., Chandler-Laney, C.L., Oswald, K.D., & Boggiano, M.M. (2007). Body composition and endocrine status of long-term stress-induced binge-eating rats. Physiology & Behavior, 91, 424-31.

Boggiano, M.M., *Artiga, A.I., Pritchett, C.E., Chandler-Laney, P.C., Smith, M.L., & Eldridge, A.J. (2007). High intake of palatable food predicts binge-eating independent of susceptibility to obesity: an animal model of lean vs obese binge-eating and obesity with and without binge-eating. International Journal of Obesity, 31, 1357-67.

Chandler-Laney, P.C., Castaneda, E., Pritchett, C.E., Smith, M.L., Giddings, M., *Artiga, A.I., & Boggiano, M.M. (2007). A history of caloric restriction induces neurochemical and behavioral changes in rats consistent with models of depression. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 87, 104-14.

 Book Chapters

Garner, A.A., Langberg, J., & Epstein, J.N. (2015). Language and reading difficulties case. To appear in Galanter, C.A. & Jensen, P.S. (Eds.), DSM-5 Casebook and Treatment Guide for Child Mental Health. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Garner, A.A. & Epstein, J.N. (2015). Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in the pediatric context. To appear in Roberts, M.C. & Steele, R.G. (Eds.), Handbook of Pediatric Psychology, Fifth Edition. New York, NY: Gilford Press.