The Research Exchange Group on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was established in June, 2016 and includes researchers, community partners, clinicians, health system decision makers, people with ADHD, their families/caregivers, who share an interest in this important applied health research topic.

This group is currently on hiatus and will re-convene in September 2021.

Goals for this group

The Research Exchange Group on ADHD was established:

  • to create trans-disciplinary research linkages and opportunities for researchers, clinicians, and community partners to engage in research activities;
  • to identify best evidence and best practices associated with care for people with ADHD;
  • to exchange knowledge about ADHD diagnosis and assessment;
  • to identify gaps in existing research literature;
  • to identify funding opportunities that will support research teams in new research projects on ADHD;
  • to work towards the development of reliable information resources for people with ADHD, for parents, caregivers, educators, and researchers; and
  • to develop greater overall capacity to conduct research on ADHD in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Research Themes

The group has identified the following major research themes for possible group collaboration, presentations, and research projects; it welcomes input from the membership to augment this list:

  • Defining ADHD
  • Lifestyle, diet & ADHD
  • Technology & ADHD
  • ADHD and Education
  • Treatment options for persons with ADHD
  • Contributing factors to a diagnosis of ADHD
  • ADHD and public policy (health and education)
  • The landscape for ADHD in NL
  • Gathering information about ADHD prevalence, treatment and supports for caregivers
  • Best practices for clinicians treating clients with ADHD
  • ADHD across the lifespan

Previous Presentations

About ADHD

The following information about ADHD is based on the description provided by the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) website:

Scientists agree that ADHD is a medical neurobiological disorder. It is an illness or deficit of the nervous system most often resulting from genetic or biological factors.  Family, twin and adoption studies have found that heredity is the most common cause of ADHD. Medical research has shown that some dopamine genes have been found to be associated with ADHD. If a person has ADHD, there is five times more likelihood that another family member will also have the disorder. 

ADHD is not new; it has been described in literature and medically documented for more than two centuries. ADHD is a chronic condition that can present at all levels of severity and rarely occurs by itself. There are three core symptoms: the inability to regulate attention, the inability to regulate activity, and difficulty with inhibitory behavior resulting in impulsivity. However, difficulty with regulating emotions is often an issue as well. It is important to note that symptoms of ADHD can vary from day to day and hour to hour, and while many people may exhibit these symptoms, it is the degree of presentation, the inability to regulate them and a level of impairment, that results in a diagnosis.

Who should join us?

ADHD affects many people.  The group invites parents, persons with ADHD, educators, public policy makers, health system decision makers, clinicians from a variety of practices and researchers from a range of disciplines to join us.  The group is open to all and we welcome any community member with an interest in this topic to join us at the regular monthly meetings. In essence, the group intends to be a forum where people meet to discuss issues related to ADHD research, policy and programming.

Call for Presenters

If you have clinical experience, research, programming or practice guidelines or any other topic related to ADHD that you would like to share with thr group, contact to be added to the presentations roster.  If you have an idea for a roundtable discussion or a journal article you want to read and discuss, we'll schedule those meetings, too.


Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000