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Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. Dr. Barkley has specialized in ADHD for more than 30 years and is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He resides in the Charleston, South Carolina region.

ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD, or previously ADD, for Attention Deficit Disorder, has had a variety of labels in its more than 100 year history of scientific study. Other terms for the disorder are minimal brain damage, minimal brain dysfunction, or MBD, hyperactive child syndrome, hyperactivity, hyperkinesis, or hyperkinetic disorder of childhood. For more on the history of ADHD, see Research to Read. Dr. Barkley has spent his entire professional career in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology studying ADHD and its diagnosis, assessment, and management. Among the treatments he has studied or written about have been the stimulant medications, such as methylphenidate (brand names of Ritalin ® , Ritalin SR ® , Ritalin LA ®, Focalin ®, Focalin XR ®, Concerta ®, and Metadate CD ®), the amphetamines (brand names of Adderall ®, Adderall XR ®, Dexedrine ®), and pemoline (Cylert ®). He has also studied and written about the non stimulants, such as atomoxetine (brand name Strattera ®). Dr. Barkley has investigated various psychological, psychiatric, and educational methods for ADHD, such as parent training in behavior management (often used with defiant children, behavior problem children, or those with oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD), family therapy or family training in problem-solving and communication skills (often used with teens with conduct problems, conduct disorder, or CD), classroom behavior modification, social skills training, self-control training, and special education services for ADHD in the schools. He has also studied adults with ADHD and their treatment.

ADHD Treatment
Dr. Barkley has written about the various treatments that do not have a sound scientific basis for use in ADHD or that have been disproven in research. These include diet or nutrition treatments or diet supplements for ADHD, health food or homeopathy, sensory integration therapy (usually provided under occupational therapy or physical therapy), chiropractic treatment, cognitive or cognitive-behavioral training for children with ADHD, or alternative treatments. Dr. Barkley’s research and writing on assessment methods for ADHD have included subjects such as clinical interviews, behavior rating scales (like the Child Behavior Checklist ® , sometimes called the CBCL, or the Behavioral Assessment System for Children ® , or BASC or BASC-2, Conners rating scales), direct behavioral observation methods, psychological tests, intelligence tests, tests of executive functioning or other neuropsychological tests, continuous performance tests (such as the Gordon Diagnostic System ® , Conners CPT ® , or Test of Variables of Attention ® or TOVA), and academic achievement tests. For more on Dr. Barkley’s research and writing, see his list of publications, or books and videos, in the site directory. A number of Dr. Barkley’s articles can be read here under Research to Read in the directory. Additionally some of Dr. Barkley’s books can be purchased here while others are available through other web sites such as Guilford Publications, the ADD Warehouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Dr. Barkley’s research and opinions on ADHD have also been cited in various newspapers and news magazines such as Newsweek, MSNBC, Time, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, WasingtonPost, Scientific American, the New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, and Parents magazine, to name a few. Interviews with him have appeared on web sites such as WebMD, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Marketplace on the Canadian Broadcasting Company web site, or CBC, and Children and Adults with ADD, or CHADD. For more on Dr. Barkley’s professional accomplishments, see About Dr. Barkley in the site directory.

New Books
Dr. Barkley’s latest book on adults with ADHD with Chris Benton was recently published and is entitled Taking Charge of Adult ADHD (New York, Guilford Publications). It is available through the publisher or any major bookseller. Watch for these new titles from Dr. Barkley to appear in 2011 with Guilford Publications. You can sign up for eAlerts and more information about them by clicking on the eAlerts button below or in the left hand directory:

Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale-IV (BAARS-IV)
Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS)
Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (BFIS)

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