Our faculty members are actively involved in publishing research findings and sharing information with the scientific community both nationally and internationally.They are also passionate about sharing this information with the general community and they conduct seminars for groups of parents and professionals in the local area.

How Substance Users With ADHD Perceive the Relationship Between Substance Use and Emotional Functioning

50% young adults w/ heavy substance use history and #ADHD in childhood subjectively perceive #marijuana helps ADHD.

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Duke ADHD researchers offer insight on the link between smoking during pregnancy and ADHD in children.

Prenatal Smoke Exposure and ADHD: Advancing the Field

Julia C. Schechter, PhD 

Scott H. Kollins, PhD


Duke ADHD Program Faculty to Present at annual meeting of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) in Washington, DC January 13-15.

The Duke ADHD Program will be well-represented presenting cutting edge research and clinical updates. Presentations include:


Dr. Scott Kollins will chair a symposium entitled “Current Issues and Mandates in Preschool ADHD” and will present a talk in this symposium called “An overview of preschool ADHD: Developmental, Diagnostic, and Treatment Considerations”




Dr. John Mitchell, is presenting a workshop entitled “A Mindfulness Intervention for ADHD in Adulthood”




Dr. Jess Avery is lead author on a poster entitled: ‘Actigraphically-Measured Sleep Disturbances and Impaired Executive Functioning in a Community Sample of Young Children’




Drs. Julia Schechter and Naomi Davis are lead authors on a poster entitled: ‘Early Developmental Risk Factors for ADHD Symptoms in Young Children’



Dr. John Mitchell from the Duke ADHD Program will be giving a talk at this years CHAAD Annual International Conference in November:


A Clinician’s Guide to Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Adults with ADHD

The CHADD Annual International Conference is the major research, practice and public information conference dedicated to ADHD. Conference sessions will focus on providing current science-based information and the impact of this information on treatments for individuals with ADHD. The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians, educators, adults, parents, and others who are seeking more in-depth materials.


Duke ADHD Program colleague Dr. Alison Adcock publishes new research that is highly relevant for ADHD

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

Volunteers learned to activate a part of the brain linked to motivation when they got feedback from an MRI. It’s much more specific than older forms of biofeedback. But could it help change habits?

brainz Highlights

  • VTA self-activation was inconsistent in untrained participants
  • After neurofeedback training, participants self-activated VTA without external cues
  • Control groups and NAcc feedback group failed to self-activate VTA or NAcc
  • After VTA neurofeedback training, connectivity in mesolimbic networks increased

Read publication here


This study of daily cigarette smokers with and without ADHD that emotion dysregulation is higher in people with ADHD and that the ability to regulate emotions worsens when cigarette smokers abstain from smoking. These findings will be used to develop treatments that target emotion regulation abilities in cigarette smokers with ADHD to help them quit.

Presented by Dr. John Mitchell, Ph.D at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. learn more about SRNT


Duke ADHD Program featured in new Scientific American article on digital interventions for ADHD
Companies Seek FDA Approval for Brain Games to Treat ADHD. Interactive games show some success in small, preliminary studies, but scientists have reservations. From baby boomers fearing memory loss to college students wanting a mental boost, interest in brain-training products is soaring. Yet among leading scientists, there is persistent scrutiny and skepticism. read article


Duke ADHD Program faculty members speak at International Conferences
Speaker: Scott Kollins, PhD
Dazed & Confused. What we know about cannabis use among individuals with ADHD
11th Annual CADDRA ADHD Conference Plenaries, Vancouver, Canada

Speaker: John Mitchell, PhD
Mindfulness for Adults with ADHD
11th International Congress on ADHD, Mexico City link

Duke ADHD Program Faculty Members Published

Naomi Davis
Rachel Dew
Scott Kollins
Jessica Lunsford-Avery
John Mitchell
Maggie Sweitzer

Julia Schechter