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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

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Spring 2023 Newsletter

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7 listening and learning sessions coming in 2023!

The Center received a $100k award from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research… Read More »7 listening and learning sessions coming in 2023!

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Fall 2022 Newsletter

Thanks to the generous $1 million gift that established the… Read More »Fall 2022 Newsletter

Summer 2022 Newsletter

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

Brochures & Downloads

Research Spotlight

This Spotlight breaks down a study examining the timing of puberty in adolescent females with ADHD, published in 2023.

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Research Spotlight

This Spotlight breaks down “ADHD in adults with recurrent depression,” published in December 2021.

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Educational Support: IEP and 504 Plans

ADHD can have a substantial impact on children and teens… Read More »Educational Support: IEP and 504 Plans

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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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Research Spotlight

2019 study looked at ADHD arcs in boys and girls

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Research Spotlight

Sleep problems and ADHD

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Research Spotlight

Sex differences in predicting ADHD clinical diagnosis and pharmacological treatment

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Videos & Webinars

ADHD Awareness: Tips for supporting children and teens with ADHD

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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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