Five minutes with Aaron Hogue
Welcome to Five Minutes With, a new series where we take a few moments to better get to know the CASAColumbia staff. Today we’d like to introduce Aaron Hogue, Associate Director of our Health and Treatment Research and Analysis division.
What sort of research do you do?
I conduct research that aims to improve treatment services that are available to adolescents with inattention and impulsivity problems, conduct and delinquency problems, and substance use problems. Sometimes all three together. I am interested in developing family-focused intervention strategies that behavior therapists can use to help adolescents and their families identify solutions to the behavior issues that most concern them.
What inspired you to start doing this sort of research?
After receiving my undergraduate degree I worked for two years as a foster care caseworker in New York City. I gained a deep appreciation for the importance of collaborating with families and working with larger systems in order to help youth in need. Also, teenagers are generally viewed as difficult to work with and even harder to successfully treat, and thus there is a great need for innovative approaches to helping them.
What are you currently working on that you are most excited about?
We are developing new clinical tools to assist behavior therapists in mental health and substance use treatment clinics in addressing a highly prevalent problem—Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)—among adolescents on their caseloads. Many therapists feel overwhelmed and underprepared to address ADHD problems in their teen clients. We are developing and testing new approaches to assist therapists in helping teens and their caregivers make fully informed decisions about whether to try ADHD medication and how to monitor whether medication is having positive impacts. We are also working to help families create a home environment that supports school involvement and homework completion, two areas in which teens with ADHD often struggle.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
My professional basketball career never really got off the ground (literally), and there is nothing else I’d rather be doing.
What is your favorite sports team?
It’s a tie between my son’s hockey team and my daughter’s soccer team. What, do other teams exist?