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Who We Are

Answering a Critical Need

To date, limited resources have been devoted to the scientific study and treatment of ADHD specifically in girls and women. Now, a private grant will allow the Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD to:

Provide educational resources that reflect the most up-to-date research about girls and women living with ADHD.

Engage with the community to promote awareness and understanding about the unique needs of girls and women with ADHD.

Undertake innovative research to optimize the well-being of girls and women with ADHD.

Our Vision

To enable every person with ADHD who identifies as female – as well as their families, providers and communities – to better understand the unique needs of girls and women with ADHD, thereby allowing individuals to seek and receive appropriate treatment, find supportive communities, and reach their full potential.

Our Mission

To advance education among patients, families, clinicians, educators and the public about the unique needs of girls and women with ADHD across the lifespan. By disseminating evidence-based information, partnering with community organizations, and conducting innovative research, the center aims to directly impact and enhance the lives of girls and women living with ADHD.

Our Funding

Initial funding for the Center is provided through a private donor who believes that scientific research and greater outreach is needed to educate and develop ADHD treatments that take into account the unique needs and experiences of girls and women living with ADHD.

Meet the Team

Scott H. Kollins, Ph.D. Scott H. Kollins, Ph.D.

Scott H. Kollins, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD

Julia Schechter, Ph.D. Julia Schechter, Ph.D.

Julia Schechter, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD

Jennifer Gierisch, Ph.D. Jennifer Gierisch, Ph.D.

Jennifer Gierisch, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Engagement

Maura Sabatos DeVito, Ph.D. Maura Sabatos DeVito, Ph.D.

Maura Sabatos DeVito, Ph.D.

Faculty Associate

Shauna Malone Shauna Malone

Shauna Malone

PCORI Project Coordinator

Fariha Rahman Fariha Rahman

Fariha Rahman

Graduate Research Assistant

Internal Advisory Board Members

Naomi Davis, PhD Naomi Davis, PhD

Naomi Davis, PhD

Rachel Dew, MD Rachel Dew, MD

Rachel Dew, MD

John Mitchell, PhD John Mitchell, PhD

John Mitchell, PhD

Jessica Lunsford-Avery, PhD Jessica Lunsford-Avery, PhD

Jessica Lunsford-Avery, PhD

Maggie Sweitzer, PhD Maggie Sweitzer, PhD

Maggie Sweitzer, PhD

Interns and Community Volunteers

Isabella Dearing Isabella Dearing

Isabella Dearing

Noelle Paek Noelle Paek

Noelle Paek

Margaret Rose Bailey Margaret Rose Bailey

Margaret Rose Bailey

Lea Smith Lea Smith

Lea Smith

Angie Jones Angie Jones

Angie Jones

Gaelyn Dent Gaelyn Dent

Gaelyn Dent