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Jonna Kuntsi is Professor of Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychiatry at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Before joining the SGDP Centre, she studied and worked at University College London (UCL), where her PhD research – a twin study of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – ignited an interest in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders that continues to date.

Research groups:

Leads the ADHD and Associated Disorders group with Professor Philip Asherson.

Areas of PhD supervision include:

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders, especially ADHD
  • Remote measurement technology for ADHD and related disorders
  • Long-term outcomes: persistence vs remittance of ADHD in adulthood
  • Preterm birth as a risk factor for ADHD and impairments in cognitive and brain function
  • Co-occurrence of ADHD symptoms with other disorders, such as bipolar disorder and autism
  • Effects of physical activity on cognition, brain function and ADHD symptoms


Jonna Kuntsi is module leader for the Psychology & Psychopathology module on the MSc in Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology and Psychiatry at the SGDP Centre. She also teaches on neurodevelopmental disorders on other courses (including iBSc), and is a member of the SGDP and MRC DTP PhD subcommittees.