Thomas E. Brown

Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Yale University and specializes in assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems.


His new Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders opened in Manhattan Beach, CA in June, 2017 after he relocated to Los Angeles. This clinic offers assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems. (details about the clinic appear on the next page of this website.)

For over 30 years, Dr. Brown maintained an independent clinical practice in Hamden, CT.  He also served as Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders from its inception until 2017. After serving on the clinical faculty of the Yale Medical School for 20 years, Dr. Brown resigned to accept an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. 

Dr. Brown has presented papers, workshops and symposia at national meetings of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, National Association of School Psychologists, American College of Nurse Practitioners, International Neuropsychological Society, the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association and CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD). He also served on the Professional Advisory Board for national CHADD and for the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

In response to invitations, Dr. Brown has given lectures, workshops or grand rounds at hospitals, medical schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, public school systems, and at advocacy, business and professional groups throughout the United States. He has also presented workshops at international meetings of professionals in over 37 countries.

Dr. Brown’s research interests and publications include assessment and treatment of ADD/ADHD, especially in persons with high IQ; executive function and memory impairments in ADD; overlap of ADD and learning disorders, use of combined medications for ADD comorbidities, and problems of sleep and awakening in ADD.

For his research and teaching about ADHD Dr. Brown received an award of honor by the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association and a Distinguished Professional award from the HELP Group in Los Angeles.  He has been inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to research and professional education about ADHD in children and adults.  He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

He has published more than 30 scientific articles in professional journals and is author of the Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales for Children, Adolescents and Adults published by The Psychological Corporation/Pearson.  He is editor of ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults, a major text and reference work published by American Psychiatric Publishing.

Dr. Brown’s award-winning Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults was published by Yale University Press in 2005. His book, A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments was released by Routledge in 2013; his Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD was published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in March, 2014.  His most recent book, Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults—A Practical Guidewas published in 2017 by American Psychiatric Publishing.

Preview His Books Below


Books by

  • Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

    Explains how and why many with ADHD get stuck in their schooling, employment and relationships due to emotional problems they did not know they have. It describes how emotions –positive and negative, often unconsciously–play a critical role in prioritizing tasks, sustaining or shifting interest and effort, holding thoughts in working memory, and choosing to engage in or avoid tasks and situations. True stories of teens and adults illustrate how those with ADHD can get “unstuck” from emotional problems that are holding them back (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014)

  • Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults

    Introduces and describes the six clusters of Brown’s model of ADHD as impaired executive functions and illustrates these with many examples of how these difficulties appear in daily life during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.  It explains how the brain works in managing executive functions and how these change during development.  It also explains how ADD/ADHD differs from normal inattention, other disorders that often accompany ADHD, and what treatments are effective.  (Yale University Press, 2005). Also available in Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish and Spanish.

  • Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults —A Practical Guide

    Identifies assumptions about ADD/ADHD that demand reevaluation in light of recent research. Building upon a current, science-based foundation, the book describes in practical terms how ADHD can be recognized at various ages; how it differs from more typical brain development; how it can significantly impair those affected; and how it can safely, and in most cases effectively, be treated in children and adults.

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

    Offers and explains a new working definition of ADHD.  It also describes 35 myths about ADHD and why they are wrong.  Chapters explain recent research that supports the new model of ADHD, implications of that research for assessment and effective treatment, and why so many of those with ADHD also suffer from other disorders of learning, emotion or behavior (Routledge, 2013).

  • ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults

    An edited textbook in which Dr. Brown and 33 expert contributors offer chapters describing how ADHD is different when accompanied by anxiety disorders, mood disorders, language and learning disorders, oppositionality and aggression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance use disorders, autism spectrum disorders,  sleep/arousal disorders, Tourette syndrome, and developmental coordination disorder.  This book emphasizes developmental differences in different age groups and also provides research-based information on medications and other treatments for ADHD and co-occurring disorders. (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2009).  Also available in Spanish and Dutch.

  • NEW!! Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales (BEFARS)


    Dr. Brown has developed an expanded model to describe the complex cognitive functions impaired in ADD/ADHD. This model describes executive functions, the cognitive management system of the human brain.

Thomas E. Brown

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Manhattan Beach, CA

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