Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD

Thinking Differently About Different Thinkers

Founded in 2021, the Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD is one of the nation’s only programs dedicated specifically to advancing knowledge about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in girls and women. The center is part of the Duke ADHD Program, founded 30 years ago.

Our mission is to advance education among patients, families, clinicians, educators and the public about the unique needs of girls and women with ADHD across the lifespan.

Understanding ADHD in Girls and Women

Girls and women with ADHD face distinct challenges throughout their lives. Studies show that girls are more likely to suffer delays in diagnosis and treatment – especially compared with boys – and have difficulties that last well into their adult years.1 By their older adolescence and early adulthood, girls with ADHD are at a significantly increased risk for serious outcomes, such as suicide attempts,2-3 self-harm,3 unplanned pregnancies,4 mood disorders,2 and eating disorders.5

Empowering and Informing

The Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD seeks to address these unique challenges through educational resources and outreach that will help individuals and their families make informed decisions about treatment and care. The center also promotes cutting-edge research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

The Center is committed to enhancing the lives of all individuals who identify as female, regardless of their sex assigned at birth.

Recent News

Summer 2022 Newsletter

Center’s first listening and learning session “powerful and informative”. By… Read More »Summer 2022 Newsletter

Listening and Learning Session – May 10, 2022

During the session, the women discussed a variety of issues… Read More »Listening and Learning Session – May 10, 2022

Spring 2022 Newsletter

Listening sessions aim to learn more about females with ADHD,… Read More »Spring 2022 Newsletter

December 2021 Newsletter

A new education and community outreach initiative is aiming to… Read More »December 2021 Newsletter

Distractred Teen Girl

$1M Gift Will Establish ADHD Center for Girls and Women

An anonymous family’s generosity will enable Duke University School of… Read More »$1M Gift Will Establish ADHD Center for Girls and Women

Brochures & Downloads

Research Spotlight

2021 Study Looked at Hormone-Related Mood-Disorder Symptoms in ADHD Women

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Looking Back on 42 Years of Research on ADHD in Females

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Sex differences in ADHD trajectories across childhood and adolescence

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The Impact of Comorbid Mental Health Symptoms and Sex on Sleep Functioning in Children with ADHD

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Sex differences in predicting ADHD clinical diagnosis and pharmacological treatment

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Videos & Webinars

Dr. Jonathan Posner Talks about Researching Girls with ADHD

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Jonathan Posner, MD, discusses the new findings from the ABCD study

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ADHD In The Workplace: Perspectives of a Professional Male and Female

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