ADHD Experts by U.S. States and Clinical Trials for ADHD PI and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

This post includes a list of respected ADHD research facilities by state and also a list of ongoing research studies.

I often get asked for the name of specialist is different areas of the country and I also get asked if there are ADHD studies where a patient or a parent can enroll their Inattentive ADD child. The benefits of being involved in a research study often include:

  • A full evaluation including medical, psychological and academic testing
  • A paid treatment intervention
  • Access to highly qualified and knowledgeable research staff
  • Improved ADHD symptoms
  • Occasionally paid compensation
  • A better understanding of ADHD symptoms and treatment

This post took a fair bit of time.  I have included in the state list below the ADHD studies that are recruiting  participants and that I have found interesting.  There are more ADHD studies in the NIH Clinical Trials site where they are listed by topic but not by state.

There are not many studies that I was able to find that are specifically looking at Inattentive ADD or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo but most of the studies that I have listed are separating the Inattentive ADD from the Combined type of ADHD which at least may give us results by subtype.

There are four studies that I have described a bit more extensively,  One of them is a study looking at Inattentive ADD, the second is a study about a drug that specifically targets Norepinephrine and that may be especially useful to people with Inattentive ADD and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo symptoms.  The third study is a study of 4-5 year olds which is interesting because children this age are generally excluded from ADHD studies.  The last is a study in New York that is paying for participation in addition to providing paid for prescription medication treatment.

This list is not only useful for finding ADHD studies, it is also  useful for finding a major research center that specializes in ADHD.  Physicians who  perform clinical research are often the most knowledgeable physicians that are available in an area and these ADHD study research centers also have evaluation and treatment clinics that often have state of the art diagnostic and treatment tools.  These University medical centers also often have facilities that will see patients who are unable to pay and patients that are uninsured or under insured.

At the very end of this very long post you will again find the link to the National Institute of Health Clinical Trial Page where  you can find over 70 studies that are currently recruiting.


ADHD Studies
Mind Institute
University of California, Davis
Sacremento, CA

ADHD Nicotine Patch Study for ADHD
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

ADHD Life Skills Study
University of California
San Francisco, CA

ADHD Studies
California Clinical Trials
Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Glendale, CA

Effects of Cognitive Training on Academic Task Performance in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
University of California, Davis
7-14 year olds
Intervention: Cogmed

Effects of Cognitive Training on Academic Task Performance in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
University of California, Davis
7-14 year olds
Intervention: Cogmed

Child ADHD Sleep Study
Florida Clinical Research Center
Orlando, Florida

Adult ADHD Study
Florida Clinical Research Center
Bradenton and Sarasota, Fl


Child ADHD Studies
Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center
Colbeth Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic
Institute for Juvenile Research
University of Chicago
Chicago, Il


ADHD Studies
Stormont Vale Health Care Center
Topeka, KS


Child ADHD Study
University of Kentucky
Chandler Medical Center
Lexington, KY


ADHD Parenting Study
Clinical Psychology Program
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

ADHD Studies
John Hopkins
Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research
716 North Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


ADHD Clinical Trials
Mclean Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Diagnostic Utility of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by Brain Activity Flow Patterns Analysis Using Evoked Response Potentials
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
18-55 year olds
Intervention: Ritalin and then EEG evaluation

Skills Training for Adolescents With ADHD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
14-18 year olds
Intervention: Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 Outcomes of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Interventions Provided by Unlicensed Professionals
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
18+ year olds
Intervention: CBT


ADHD Genetic and Environment Child Study
Washington University School of Medicine
Louis, MO


ADHD Child Sleep Study
Clinical Research Center of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV


Child and Adult ADHD Studies
Duke University Health Systems
Duke Medical Research Center
Durham, NC


Combined Cognitive Remediation and Behavioral Intervention for Treatment of Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
This study is currently recruiting participants.
Queens College, The City University of New York
New York, NY
Intervention: Cogmed
7-11 year olds

Organizational Skills Training for Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders, New York University Child Study Center
New York, NY
8-11 year olds
Intervention: Participants in the OST and CM groups attend 20 1-hour sessions over 10 weeks. OST trains children to use a variety of techniques for improving their organizational skills. Both children and their parents attend every OST session. CM does not involve skills training. Rather, CM trains parents and teachers to identify desired "end" behaviors and to increase the frequency of these behaviors through the use of a structured reward system. Both children and their parents attend every CM session, but the children's participation will be minimal. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids as an Adjunctive Therapy for Treatment in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Brooklyn, NY
Maimonides Medical Center
6-15 year olds
Intervention: Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Child ADHD Study
Discovery & Wellness Center for Children
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, OH 44106

Epstein Lab
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Improving Sleep and Daytime Functioning Among Children Diagnosed With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
6-12 year olds
Intervention: Melatonin
3mg or 6 mg (depending on weight) to be taken before daily bedtime

Comparing School Based Interventions for Adolescents With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
6-12 year olds
Intervention:Behavioral: Challenging Horizons Program (CHP) after-school model
Interventions delivered by a counselor 2 days a week as an after-school program. Interventions will strengthen skills in materials organization, homework management, studying, note taking, and socialization.
Behavioral: Challenging Horizons Program (CHP) consultation model
Interventions delivered by a mentor (e.g., a teacher or school counselor) as needed, with expert consultation available

Cognitive Training Trial
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
7-12 year olds
Intervention:  Cognitive function Training (i.e., attention, working memory) 


ADHD Studies
Youth and Family Research Center
Department of  Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Child ADHD Studies
Child Attention and Learning Lab
University of Pennsylvania
University Park, PA


ADHD Sleep and Depression Study
ADHD Clinic  of San Antonio
San Antonio, Tx

Child ADHD Study
University of Texas
Health Science Center
Houston, Tx


ADHD Studies
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT


ADHD Clinical Trials
Neuroscience Inc
Herndon, Virginia

Childhood ADHD studies
Alliance Research Group
Richmond, VA

Adult and Childhood ADHD Studies
Brighton Research Group
Virginia Beach, VA


Study of Insomnia and ADHD
Northwest Clinical Research Center
Bellevue, Washington


Marquette ADHD Lab
Marquette University


Genetic Studies of ADHD
National Human Genome Research Institute
Anyone in the U.S. can participate (results of gene testing not given to study participants)

Inattentive ADD STUDIES

Medication Response in Children with Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
Age: Children
Proposed Research: Robust data show that stimulant medications reduce ADHD symptoms and impairment, but it is unclear whether their efficacy differs across the ADHD subtypes.

This study on the Inattentive type ADD started in 2008 and is ongoing.  The results so far have been very promising.

Effectiveness of a Behavioral Treatment Program for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Inattentive Type
University of California, San Francisco
7-11 year olds
Intervention: Behavioral: Parent Focused Training (PFT)
PFT will involve parenting skills training supplemented with a phone session between a therapist and teacher to cover ADHD, inattentive type. This intervention will include ten 90-minute parent group training sessions and up to five individual sessions with the study therapist.

Behavioral: Child Life and Attention Skills (CLAS) Program
CLAS will involve parenting skills training adapted for ADHD, inattentive type; child life skills training; and teacher consultation. This intervention will include ten 90-minute parent group training sessions; ten 90-minute child group training sessions; up to five individual family sessions with the study therapist; and up to six 30-minute sessions with the teacher, parent, and therapist.

New Drug Adult Treatment/Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Treatment??

Study of Droxidopa Treatment in Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder With Co-administration of Carbidopa (ADD201)
VA New York Harbor Healthcare System/New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
18-55      year olds
Intervention: Droxidopa+Carbidopa
Droxidopa (L-dihydroxyphenylserine (L-DOPS)) (200, 400, or 600mgs TID) in combination with carbidopa (25mg or 50mg TID, provided as oral capsules taken TID from Baseline to end of Week 8. 

Droxidopa (L-dihydroxyphenylserine (L-DOPS)) is a synthetic catecholamine which is converted to norepinephrine (NE) via decarboxylation, resulting in increased levels of NE centrally in the CNS and peripherally. Co-treatment with carboxylase inhibitors, such as carbidoba, given with droxidopa, can increase the CNS levels of NE with greater crossing of the blood-brain barrier. Droxidopa has received orphan drug approval by the FDA for the treatment of symptomatic neurogenic orthostatic hypotension in individuals with primary autonomic failure. The half-life of droxidopa is approximately 2-3 hours, resulting in administration thee times daily.

As adult ADHD is characterized as a disorder of decreased NE activity in the pre-frontal cortex, it is hypothesized that treating patients with droxidopa (in co-administration of carbidopa) will have a positive effect on adult ADHD.

 Very Young Children: Study of Attention and Motor skills

Training Executive, Attention and Motor Skills (TEAMS): Preliminary Studies
Queens CollegeNew York
New YorkNY
4-5 year olds
Intervention: Training Executive, Attention and Motor Skills (TEAMS) is a new research program for preschool children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that attempts to use game-like activities and physical exercise to promote the growth of neural processes that underlie the core features of the disorder (e.g., hyperactivity, impulsivity) as well as associated areas of difficulty (e.g., socialization, motor skills). These activities are implemented at home and in supervised playgroups at no cost to families and are coupled with extensive parental education about ADHD symptoms and associated impairments.
Other Name: Cognitive enhancement

Paid Clinical Trials

City:    New York 
Title:    $230 Paid Clinical Research Study - ADHD –
Ages 6-17 
This is a multi-center, open-label effectiveness trial to identify objective indicators of treatment response in ADHD subjects (versus healthy controls) using cognitive and brain functions, brain structure and genetic measures in subjects diagnosed with ADHD.

To be eligible for screening children must:

• Be 6-17 years of age
• Provide informed consent from a parent and/or legally recognized guardian
• Meet the DSM IV criteria for ADHD
• Be a candidate for treatment with methylphenidate

Additional Information:
• As part of the study, participants will be seen in the clinic at least twice: at pre-treatment and again at Week 6 post treatment initiation.
• Each visit will take approximately 3-4 hours.
• Volunteers will be compensated for participation in the study.
• Compensation is $75 for initial visit, $125 for second visit, and $15 each for 2 online questionnaires completed at week 24 and 52 from the comfort of your home.
• We will also cover the cost of medication.
Please email for further information.

Seventy seven National Institute of Health sponsored ADHD studies that are recruiting participants can be found at:

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