Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

Joel Nigg June 2017

Director, Division of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and
Behavioral Neuroscience

Method of Contact:
Department of Psychiatry
Oregon Health and Science University.
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, Oregon 97239-3098

For OHSU and scientific or clinical business:

To connect with Dr. Nigg regarding his book for parents, to go

Dr. Nigg's 2017 book for parents, Getting Ahead of ADHD


Curriculum Vita

Dr. Nigg's 2006 book, What Causes ADHD





  • 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 environmental toxicants in neural development and ADHD

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



  • 1990-95 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.
  • 1995-96 Clinical Internship, University of Washington School of Medicine/Seattle Children's Hospital.
  • 1984-85 Masters in Social Work, The University of Michigan,
    Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • 1976-80 A.B., Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University,
    Cambridge, Massachusetts.