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The Research Exchange Group on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was established in 2016 to be a forum where people can  meet to discuss issues related to ADHD research, policy, and programming. The group connects university, community and health system partners, together with people with ADHD and their caregivers - anyone with an interest in this important applied health research topic. This group is currently on hiatus and will reconvene in September 2021.

See Group Activities and Presentations

Group Conveners 
  • Dr. Jacqueline Hesson–Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Memorial University
  • Dr. Kristen Williams–Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Beacon Centre Inc., St. John's, N.L. 

Goals & Objectives

The Research Exchange Group on ADHD aims to: 

  • Create trans-disciplinary research connections and opportunities for researchers, clinicians, and community partners to engage in research activities
  • Identify best evidence and best practices associated with care for people with ADHD
  • Exchange knowledge about ADHD diagnosis and assessment
  • Identify gaps in the existing research literature
  • Identify funding opportunities that will support research teams in new research projects on ADHD
  • Work towards the development of reliable information resources for people with ADHD, for parents, caregivers, educators, and researchers
  • 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:

  • 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

Join Us

NLCAHR’s Research Exchange Group on ADHD welcomes anyone with an interest in ADHD to join us. Please see our calendar of meetings for information about upcoming webinars or email for more details.


Group Activities & Presentations

The group welcomes presentations from anyone with clinical experience, research knowledge, programming or practice guidelines or any other topic related to ADHD that you would like to share with the group. If there are topics related to ADHD that interest you, roundtable discussions and journal article presentations can also be scheduled. Please contact to make suggestions for talks or to be added to the presentations roster.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 12:30pm to 2:00pm Newfoundland Time |Making Plans for the ADHD Research Exchange Group for 2022-2023 and Discussion of the 2022 CADDRA Conference & Research Day

The Research Exchange Group on ADHD has been inactive recently while conveners have stepped down/been away on sabbatical.  We are delighted to re-convene the group and to introduce you to our new co-convener Dr. Ross Connolly, who will be working with Dr. Jackie Hesson on a new roster of activities for the group for the coming year. The Canadian ADD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) is hosting its 18th Annual Conference and 9th Annual Research Day here in St. John’s this year and this meeting will be your chance to learn about the conference: September 30 to October 2 at the Delta Hotel St. John’s


February 13, 2020 | Post-Secondary Students with ADHD | Dr. June Kirkland-Smith, Field Education Coordinator, School of Social Work | Facilitated discussion on experiences, approaches, and supports. |


December 4, 2018 | Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance | Dr. Doron Almagor, Board Chair of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) about programs, research resources and opportunities for partnership Link to Presentation |

February 14, 2018 | ADHD and Lifestyle Behaviours in Children and Adolescents | Dr. Kristen Williams, Eastern Health | Overview of some of the research literature followed by discussion questions for the group. |


December 13, 2017 | Self-Management and Substance Abuse | Dr. Ross Connolly, Memorial University Lecturer in Counselling, Provisionally Registered Psychologist (NL).| Link to Presentation |

October 11, 2017 | Cannabinoids and ADHD | A Journal Article Discussion |

February 22, 2017 | Parent Information and Support Sessions in Eastern Health | Tanya Purchase on Eastern Health's Parent Information and Support Sessions for Parents of Children with ADHD (held at the Janeway) | Links to Session Information: Session 1 for Parents | Session 2 for Parents | Session 3 for Parents |

March 29, 2017 | ADHD Coaching | Brett Thornhill, Mindset CoachingLink to Presentation|

May 31, 2017 | Gaming Addictions | Dr. Nick Harris, Department of Psychology, Memorial University | Link to Presentation