Current Research & Participation

Developmental Attention Disorders Program


Overview: OHSU operates a nationally recognized program, to study neurodevelopmental conditions related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by extreme inattention, disorganization, overactivity, and/or impulsivity that is developmentally out of the normal range and impairs functioning.The program includes initiatives in several areas related to understanding this condition. These areas involve the committed expertise of several scientists at OHSU, as follows.



*Longitudinal study of the course of ADHD, to understand subtypes and subgroups (Dr. Nigg and Dr. Karalunas).

*Brain networks, analyzed using neuroimaging methods (Dr. Fair and Dr. Nagel)

*Genetic and epigenetic aspects of ADHD and ADHD risk (Dr. Wilmot)

*Nutritional correlates of ADHD (Dr. Nigg)

*Infant signals of ADHD risk (Dr. Nigg)


Participate in one of our studies.

In addition, the program coordinates the  ADHD Clinical Service, a service provided through a joint collaboration of the Department of Psychiatry (Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and Department of Pediatrics (Institute for Development and Disability).

Finally, the program engages in training of students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as in  community outreach and education. Students can apply for volunteer and internship positions here.


Welcome to the OHSU Developmental Attention Disorders Program,

Joel Nigg, Ph.D., Director


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