Welcome to the Center for ADHD Research

Joel Nigg Headshot with playground backdrop

Welcome to the Center for ADHD Research! OHSU established an ADHD research program in 2009, in the Department of Psychiatry. The program became a national leader in this field and officially became the OHSU Center for ADHD Research in 2019.

The Sharp Family’s Abracadabra Foundation launched a $25 million campaign to accelerate progress in this field of research. OHSU is committed to improving mental illness and addiction and this center is one major piece of that effort.

Our mission is to identify causes and find solutions that will create hope for ADHD and mental illness. The work we do will directly help those suffering from ADHD.

ADHD is a developmental condition. Individuals who suffer from it experience extreme inattention, disorganization, overactivity, and impulsivity. Associated challenges include difficulties with anger, risk-taking, planning, being disorganized, and feeling unmotivated. Other more subtle physical signs may be present, such as weak motor control, language or speech problems.

The center seeks breakthroughs in several areas of investigation from genes to brain to behavior. These areas of work are described throughout the site. Please explore this website to learn about our work. We are excited and optimistic about the prospects for continued rapid progress.

Wishing you and your family good health.

Joel Nigg, Ph.D.
Director, Center for ADHD Research
Professor and Vice Chair for Psychology
Oregon Health & Science University

BEYOND ADHD $12.5 million in matching funds available to support research

Support ADHD research and double your impact! Learn more about our goal to accelerate our team's successful and innovative research.

Become a research participant

We have openings for pregnant women. Participants are paid for their time. If desired, we can also give clinical or developmental feedback. Contact Us About Research Participation!

Referrals and assessments

For referrals or to schedule an assessment, call the Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at 503-494-6176

Director's blog

More information on ADHD research can be found on the Center for ADHD Research Director's blog

Recent news and events

05/04/2022  Vitamins, Minerals Improve Symptoms for Children with ADHD

03/16/2022   Just Two Years In, Scientific Discoveries Put OHSU Center for ADHD Research On the Map

11/30/2021  Emotional Irritability, Mood, and ADHD: New Research and Clinical Implications | OHSU Psychiatry Grand Rounds presented by Dr. Nigg

07/27/2021  Lifestyle Activities That Can Improve ADHD Symptoms | Podcast interview with Dr. Nigg

07/01/2021  ADHD: New Research & Findings | Podcast interview with Dr. Nigg

05/04/2021  Addressing Mental Illness through ADHD Research

04/28/2021  Artificial Food Coloring Triggers Hyperactivity in Some Kids, California Report Finds

02/04/2021  The World Federation of ADHD International Consensus Statement: 208 Evidence-based Conclusions about the Disorder

01/29/2021  How’s Your Emotional Resilience? Learning to Cope with Intense ADHD Feelings

11/24/2020 — ADHD Anger, Tantrums, and Mood Shifts: Effective Treatments for Emotional Dysregulation

11/20/2020 — Dr. Nigg radio interview on ADHD and emotional dysregulation

09/23/2020 — Pregnancy during a pandemic: The stress of COVID-19 on pregnant women and new mothers is showing

08/13/2020 — ADHD Risk May Be Linked to Inflammation During Pregnancy

07/28/2020 — The ADHD-Anger Connection: New Insights into Emotional Dysregulation and Treatment Considerations

06/10/2020 — ADHD Clinicians Must Consider Racial Bias in Evaluation and Treatment of Black Children

10/02/2019 — OHSU Opens Center for ADHD Research