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Elizabeth Lorch



While at UK, Lorch served on the University Senate, and has previously been a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Review Committee, the Social Sciences Advisory Committee, and the Selection Committee for University Research Professors. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Emmanuel College in 1974, and received her master’s (1977) and doctorate (1981) from the University of Massachusetts. Her primary research interests concern the development of attention and comprehension processes, especially among children diagnosed with ADHD. Lorch also has conducted research on adolescent drug abuse prevention and classroom-based studies on elementary school science education. A longtime Professor in the Department of Psychology, Lorch is the author or coauthor of dozens of articles in her field(s) and has been the recipient of several extramural research grants from such institutions as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Mental Health, and the Institute of Education Sciences. For her service in the classroom at UK, Lorch has been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teachers Prize and the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, and was named a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teacher in 1994.

Research Interests:
Development of attention and comprehension processes
PubMed Publications*: 
  • E Bourchtein; JS Owens; AE Dawson; SW Evans; JM Langberg; K Flory; EP Lorch"Is the Positive Bias an ADHD Phenomenon? Reexamining the Positive Bias and its Correlates in a Heterogeneous Sample of Children."Journal of abnormal child psychology46.7(2018):1395-1408.Details. Full text
  • CA Lee; R Milich; EP Lorch; K Flory; JS Owens; AE Lamont; SW Evans"Forming first impressions of children: the role of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and emotion dysregulation."Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines59.5(2018):556-564.Details. Full text
  • J Van Neste; A Hayden; EP Lorch; R Milich"Inference generation and story comprehension among children with ADHD."Journal of abnormal child psychology43.2(2015):259-70.Details. Full text
  • KJ Derefinko; A Hayden; MH Sibley; J Duvall; R Milich; EP Lorch"A Story Mapping Intervention to Improve Narrative Comprehension Deficits in Adolescents with ADHD."School mental health6.4(2014):251-263.Details.
  • MA Leonard; R Milich; EP Lorch"The role of pragmatic language use in mediating the relation between hyperactivity and inattention and social skills problems."Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR54.2(2011):567-79.Details. Full text
  • EP Lorch; R Milich; RA Flake; J Ohlendorf; S Little"A developmental examination of story recall and coherence among children with ADHD."Journal of abnormal child psychology38.3(2010):291-301.Details. Full text
  • KS Berthiaume; EP Lorch; R Milich"Getting clued in: inferential processing and comprehension monitoring in boys with ADHD."Journal of attention disorders14.1(2010):31-42.Details. Full text
  • MA Leonard; EP Lorch; R Milich; N Hagans"Parent--child joint picture-book reading among children with ADHD."Journal of attention disorders12.4(2009):361-71.Details. Full text
  • KJ Derefinko; ZW Adams; R Milich; MT Fillmore; EP Lorch; DR Lynam"Response style differences in the inattentive and combined subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder."Journal of abnormal child psychology36.5(2008):745-58.Details. Full text
  • P Palmgreen; EP Lorch; MT Stephenson; RH Hoyle; L Donohew"Effects of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Marijuana Initiative Campaign on high-sensation-seeking adolescents."American journal of public health97.9(2007):1644-9.Details. Full text
  • RA Flake; EP Lorch; R Milich"The effects of thematic importance on story recall among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and comparison children."Journal of abnormal child psychology35.1(2007):43-53.Details. Full text
  • EP Lorch; R Milich; CC Astrin; KS Berthiaume"Cognitive engagement and story comprehension in typically developing children and children with ADHD from preschool through elementary school."Developmental psychology42.6(2006):1206-19.Details. Full text
  • K Flory; R Milich; EP Lorch; AN Hayden; C Strange; R Welsh"Online story comprehension among children with ADHD: which core deficits are involved?"Journal of abnormal child psychology34.6(2006):853-65.Details. Full text
  • ID Acevedo-Polakovich; EP Lorch; R Milich; RD Ashby"Disentangling the relation between television viewing and cognitive processes in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and comparison children."Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine160.4(2006):354-60.Details. Full text
  • EP Lorch; K O'Neil; KS Berthiaume; R Milich; D Eastham; T Brooks"Story comprehension and the impact of studying on recall in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder."Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 5333.3(2004):506-15.Details. Full text
  • KS Whirley; EP Lorch; CC Lemberger; R Milich"Online cognitive engagement of boys with ADHD."Journal of attention disorders7.2(2003):71-81.Details. Full text
  • K Renz; EP Lorch; R Milich; C Lemberger; A Bodner; R Welsh"On-line story representation in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder."Journal of abnormal child psychology31.1(2003):93-104.Details.
  • P Palmgreen; L Donohew; EP Lorch; RH Hoyle; MT Stephenson"Television campaigns and adolescent marijuana use: tests of sensation seeking targeting."American journal of public health91.2(2001):292-6.Details. Full text
  • MU D'Silva; NG Harrington; P Palmgreen; L Donohew; EP Lorch"Drug use prevention for the high sensation seeker: the role of alternative activities."Substance use & misuse36.3(2001):373-85.Details. Full text
  • EP Lorch; R Milich; RP Sanchez; P van den Broek; S Baer; K Hooks; C Hartung; R Welsh"Comprehension of televised stories in boys with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and nonreferred boys."Journal of abnormal psychology109.2(2000):321-330.Details. Full text
  • RP Sanchez; EP Lorch; R Milich; R Welsh"Comprehension of televised stories by preschool children with ADHD."Journal of clinical child psychology28.3(1999):376-85.Details.
  • EP Lorch; RP Sanchez; P van den Broek; R Milich; EL Murphy; Lorch RF Jr; R Welsh"The relation of story structure properties to recall of television stories in young children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and nonreferred peers."Journal of abnormal child psychology27.4(1999):293-309.Details.
  • EP Lorch; R Milich; RP Sanchez"Story comprehension in children with ADHD."Clinical child and family psychology review1.3(1998):163-78.Details.
  • L Donohew; EP Lorch; P Palmgreen"Applications of a theoretic model of information exposure to health interventions."Human communication research24.3(1998):454-68.Details.
  • EP Lorch; VJ Castle"Preschool children's attention to television: visual attention and probe response times."Journal of experimental child psychology66.1(1997):111-27.Details. Full text
  • P van den Broek; EP Lorch; R Thurlow"Children's and adults' memory for television stories: the role of causal factors, story-grammar categories, and hierarchical level."Child development67.6(1996):3010-28.Details. Full text
  • S Landau; EP Lorch; R Milich"Visual attention to and comprehension of television in attention-deficit hyperactivity disordered and normal boys."Child development63.4(1992):928-37.Details. Full text
  • DR Anderson; HP Choi; EP Lorch"Attentional inertia reduces distractibility during young children's TV viewing."Child development58.3(1987):798-806.Details.
  • DR Anderson; EP Lorch; DE Field; PA Collins; JG Nathan"Television viewing at home: age trends in visual attention and time with TV."Child development57.4(1986):1024-33.Details.
  • DR Anderson; DE Field; PA Collins; EP Lorch; JG Nathan"Estimates of young children's time with television: a methodological comparison of parent reports with time-lapse video home observation."Child development56.5(1985):1345-57.Details.
  • AD Well; EP Lorch; DR Anderson"Developmental trends in distractibility: is absolute or proportional decrement the appropriate measure of interference?"Journal of experimental child psychology30.1(1980):109-24.Details.
  • EP Lorch; DR Anderson; Levin SR"The relationship of visual attention to children's comprehension of television."Child development50.3(1979):722-7.Details.
  • UL Bailey; EP Lorch; R Milich; R Charnigo"Developmental changes in attention and comprehension among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder."Child development80.6(1969):1842-55.Details. Full text
  • MT Stephenson; SE Morgan; EP Lorch; P Palmgreen; L Donohew; RH Hoyle"Predictors of exposure from an antimarijuana media campaign: outcome research assessing sensation seeking targeting."Health communication14.1(0):23-43.Details.
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