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Joel T. Nigg, Ph.D.

Admin Unit: SOM-Psychiatry Department
Phone: 503-418-8498
Office: DCH
Mail Code: OP02
Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests:
Developmental psychopathology and temperament; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and externalizing behavior problems; neuropsychological and cognitive mechanisms in child psychopathology; genetic and epigenetic effects in ADHD; Role of diet and nutrition, role of chemical toxicants, in ADHD; developmental change in neural and psychological processes in self regulation, self control, and ADHD » Click here for more about Dr. Nigg's research » PubMed Listing
Preceptor Rotations
Academic Term Available Winter 2016 No Fall 2017 Maybe Winter 2017 Maybe Spring 2017 Maybe
Faculty Mentorship
Dr. Nigg is not available as a mentor for 2017-2018.


  • Developmental psychopathology and temperament / personality

  • Neuropsychological and cognitive underpinnings of psychopathology

  • Behavioral and molecular genetics of personality/psychopathology

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and externalizing behavior problems 

  • Role of diet and nutrition

Dr. Nigg's research focuses on the underlying mechanisms and causes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) across the lifespan. The focus is on physiological, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging correlates of ADHD in children. However, studies of genetics, family dynamics, personality and temperament, and environmental toxins of ADHD are also ongoing.