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.


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Thomas E. Brown