Evidence-based research is at the heart of CHADD's mission to improve the lives of children and adults with ADHD.

CHADD continually calls upon the public and private sectors to devote increased resources to basic research into the causes of and treatments for ADHD.  In particular, CHADD has called for:

  1. Funding for research on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan, including the safety and effectiveness of medication (especially for children), other therapies, and educational, psychosocial, and alternative interventions.
  2. Funding for research on the prevention and early identification, intervention, and treatment of ADHD.
  3. Funding for research on the long-term impact of ADHD and coexisting disorders on psychosocial, behavioral, educational, employment, and health outcomes, including the long-term impact of treatment options.
  4. Ensuring that all research efforts involve diverse populations, as appropriate, with respect to gender, race/culture, and age.
  5. Balancing and broadening the national research agenda to include biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health-service, and school-based and community-based prevention and intervention research.



Young Scientist Research Awards Program

CHADD's Young Scientist Research Awards program recognizes researchers new to the ADHD field who are making contributions to the understanding of ADHD. Through the program, CHADD supports two researchers with:

Applicants must be in the process of completing a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DDS, or the equivalent) or must have completed such a degree or a clinical residency training within the last three years. Research may address any area relevant to ADHD, including, but not limited to: biological/genetic underpinnings of the disorder; treatment efficacy; impact on the individual or family; school or workplace accommodations; social stigma and discrimination; public health; and epidemiology.

The awards are supported through a number of individual donations. CHADD is grateful to all contributors to the Young Scientist Research Awards.

Applications for the 2025 Awards will be available online in February 2025.

If you have any questions regarding the Young Scientist Research Awards, please send an email to or contact Rachel James at 301-306-7070, ext. 132.

Congratulations to all our Award Recipients!


Participate in a Study

Evidence-based research is at the foundation of CHADD's efforts to improve the lives of individuals affected by ADHD. CHADD is committed to supporting researchers who study the many facets of ADHD. Researchers often seek human subjects to participate in these studies as they learn more about ADHD's diagnosis, treatment, and its implications across the lifespan for children, adults and families.

As a service to CHADD members and the general public, CHADD is happy to provide this list for those who wish to participate in a research study. This list is not a comprehensive list of all studies. In each case, the researcher conducting the study has requested to be listed here, and the studies listed have been approved by CHADD's Professional Advisory Board.

To learn more about participating in research studies and clinical trials see The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)'s Education Center, or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s Clinical Trials: What Patients Need to Know.


Post a Study

Research Study Guidelines (Revised October 2013)

CHADD's Professional Advisory Board Research Subcommittee must approve all requests from researchers seeking to recruit study participants through CHADD. This approval is required both for studies requesting to be posted on the CHADD Web site, as well as studies requesting to seek participants through a CHADD Local Chapter.

The following criteria will be used to determine if CHADD will approve such requests:

  • Proposed study has scientific integrity and is directly related to advancing the body of knowledge regarding ADHD.
  • Proposed study does not harm the mission of CHADD.
  • Funding:
    • If proposed study is federally funded or funded through a private, non-profit foundation, approved requests will be permitted at no charge.
    • If proposed study is funded by source other than federal government or private non-profit foundation, approved requests will be charged an administrative fee of $100.

Note: CHADD is unable to consider for review research proposals that are undertaken independently and without institutional affiliation.

Requests to post research studies must contain the following:

  1. 1-page overview which includes the following:
    • Purpose of the study;
    • Methodology;
    • Funding type (government, non-profit, for-profit) and source;
    • Date after which new study participants will no longer be accepted;
    • Contact name, with email address and/or phone number.
  2. Letter of approval from Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects.
  3. Curriculum vitae of investigator(s).

Scan all requested documents above into one pdf file and email to

If you have any questions please send an email to or contact Rachel James at 1-301-306-7070, ext. 132.