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ADHD and Associated Disorders

The ADHD and Associated Disorders group is led by Professor Philip Asherson and Professor Jonna Kuntsi.

Our research focuses on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders that often co-occur with ADHD. We take a developmental approach, studying the disorders and traits from childhood to adulthood. An example is our research on the persistence and remittance of ADHD. Etiological studies range from sibling and twin studies to polygenic risk studies and an investigation of preterm birth as a risk factor. We also have a strong interest in protective factors and study, for example, the effects of physical activity on ADHD symptoms and associated impairments. Another interest is the development of novel clinical, cognitive and neural markers in ADHD and overlapping conditions. Most recently, in a new collaboration between several King’s and external colleagues, we have started to develop a novel remote assessment and monitoring system for adults and adolescents with ADHD that incorporates active and passive monitoring using mobile and web technologies (the ADHD Remote Technology (ART) project).  

We are engaged in running clinical trials, including leading on a randomised controlled trial of methylphenidate in young adult offenders with ADHD. Our group is involved in many international networks, such as Eunethydis and IMpACT, and large-scale collaborative studies, such as an EU-funded project on ADHD comorbidities that includes a clinical trial on the prevention of depression and obesity in adults with ADHD. We are also engaged in dissemination of research and delivering education on clinical management to clinicians across the UK and internationally through the UK Adult ADHD Network.  

Awards for our research on ADHD persistence and remission include Professor Kuntsi awarded the Kramer-Pollnow Prize in 2016 by the German Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for scientific excellence in research in biological child and adolescent psychiatry, and PhD student Giorgia Michelini awarded the British Psychological Society’s Neil O’Connor Award in 2018. #MagicCarpet, an art-psychiatry commission on mind wandering by artist Dr Kai Syng Tan and Professor Philip Asherson won the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement 2018 Images Competition Award for Culture Change.