Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

Joel Nigg, Ph.D.
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
Phone: 503 418-8498

ADHD Research Program: Publication List 



  • 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.

Prior Positions and Key Awards/Fellowships

  • 2006: Elected as Director of Clinical Training, Michigan State Psychology Department.
  • 2006: Mid-Career Research Contributions Award, Society of Clinical Child Psychology, APA
  • 2004: Teacher-Scholar Award, Michigan State University
  • 2002-2007: Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology,
    Michigan State University
  • 1996-2002: Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology,
    Michigan State University
  • 1996: Nancy Robinson Director's Award for Outstanding Intern: University of Washington
  • 1993-1995: National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health
  • 1993-1994: Provost Dissertation Award, U.C. Berkeley 1987-
  • 1990: Psychiatric Social Worker, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry
  • 1986-1987: Clinical Social Worker, Jackson, Michigan Child and Family Services
  • 1985: University of Michigan Student Recognition Award
  • 1980: Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Society, 1996-present

American Psychological Association, 1995-present

Division 53, Clinical Child Psychology

Division 40, Clinical Neuropsychology

Behavior Genetics Association, 1995-present

International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent

Psychopathology, 1996-present

Society for Research in Child Development, 1995-present

National Association of Social Workers, 1985-1990