A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments


“Dr. Brown more than fulfills his promise to provide an accessible summary that describes and integrates new facts and perspectives on ADHD.  The book is comprehensive, current, and engagingly written.  It will be a terrific resource for parents, educators, and clinicians as well as for patients themselves.”

F. Xavier Castellanos, M.D., Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Radiology and Physiology and Neuroscience, and Director, Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, New York University Langone Medical Center Child Study Center

“Brown presents a comprehensive case for comprehending this disorder in terms of a wide range of executive functions, rather than on the basis of behavior and attention alone.  Loaded with up-to-date research findings and synthetic in scope, this work is bound to challenge assumptions and pave the way toward new paradigms.”

Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, and Editor, Psychological Bulletin

“Tom Brown’s book is placing cognitive changes at the heart of ADHD and drawing out the implications for clinicians and researchers.  It is a welcome corrective to the overemphasis on disruptive behavior and it is written so clearly that it can be recommended to everyone who wants to understand the nature of this serious problem for adults and children.”

Eric Taylor, FRCP, FRCPsych, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London

“A very intriguing read.  Dr. Brown skillfully examines the diverse nature of executive functions, ADHD, and their overlap.”

Timothy E. Wilens, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts General Hospital

“Professionals and lay people looking for a synthesis of our current understanding of this condition will find Dr. Brown’s latest book a sensible, understandable, and very readable contribution.”

Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

“Dr. Brown presents a science-driven and cohesive way of re-conceptualizing the disorder, revitalizing the central role of executive functioning impairment in ADHD.  This book translates recent advance in ADHD science into understandable words not only for mental health professionals, but for all those interest in this very prevalent disorder affecting individuals across the whole life cycle.”

Luis Augusto Rohde, M.D., Ph.D., President of the World Federation of ADHD, and Professor of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

“Tom Brown’s newest book pulls from the latest research in ADHD to present anew explanatory paradigm.  Research results are distilled to debunk myths and offer sound guidance on evaluation and effective treatment.  This book is a must-read for any education, health, or mental health professional who encounters children or adults with ADHD.  Its direct and clear language makes the explanations and conclusions accessible to parents and adult patients, too.”

Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry and Head, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, and Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“This book presents a highly useful and current summation of the major findings concerning ADHD and the role of executive functioning in it.  Clinicians, students, and laypeople will find here much valuable information on the disorder, its assessment and diagnosis, and its management.”

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina.

“Thomas E. Brown has produced a comprehensive reference.  It extends our understanding of the impact of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as that diagnosis assumes new borders in DSM 5.”

Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Director, Developmental Cognitive Neurology, Kennedy Krieger Institute.

“Tom Brown is one of the true pioneers in our growing understanding of ADHD.  Both a clinician and a researcher, he continues to deepen and enlarge our knowledge of ADHD.  Dr. Brown is a dedicated doctor who’s written yet another brilliant book.”

Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness