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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.

Recent publications:

Event-related brain-oscillatory and ex-Gaussian markers of remission and persistence of ADHD 2 July 2020

Lateralization of attention in adults with ADHD: Evidence of pseudoneglect 29 June 2020

Subcortical Brain Volume, Regional Cortical Thickness, and Cortical Surface Area Across Disorders: Findings From the ENIGMA ADHD, ASD, and OCD Working Groups 16 June 2020

Consortium neuroscience of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder: The ENIGMA adventure 18 May 2020

Electrophysiological Correlates of Spontaneous Mind Wandering in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 29 April 2020

Shared genetic background between children and adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 12 April 2020

Subcortical brain volume, regional cortical thickness and cortical surface area across attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): findings from the ENIGMA-ADHD, -ASD, and -OCD working groups 22 March 2020

Attention regulation in women with ADHD and women with bipolar disorder: An ex-Gaussian approach March 2020

Genomic Relationships, Novel Loci, and Pleiotropic Mechanisms across Eight Psychiatric Disorders 12 December 2019

Does Co-Occurring Anxiety Modulate ADHD-Related Cognitive and Neurophysiological Impairments? 11 November 2019

Brain Imaging of the Cortex in ADHD: A Coordinated Analysis of Large-Scale Clinical and Population-Based Samples 1 July 2019

Is association of preterm birth with cognitive-neurophysiological impairments and ADHD symptoms consistent with a causal inference or due to familial confounds? 3 June 2019

Autonomic arousal profiles in adolescents and young adults with ADHD as a function of recording context May 2019

Atypical functional connectivity in adolescents and adults with persistent and remitted ADHD during a cognitive control task 12 April 2019

Impairments in error processing and their association with ADHD symptoms in individuals born preterm 11 April 2019

Validation of the Mind Excessively Wandering Scale and the relationship of mind wandering to impairment in adult ADHD 1 April 2019

Beneficial effects of acute high-intensity exercise on electrophysiological indices of attention processes in young adult men February 2019

Discovery of the first genome-wide significant risk loci for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder January 2019

The effects of emotional lability, mind wandering and sleep quality on ADHD symptom severity in adults with ADHD January 2019