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Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Center for ADHD

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


I am a pediatric psychologist with more than 25 years in the field. My research focuses on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other psychological disorders that originate in childhood.

I came to Cincinnati Children’s in 2005, where I have served as the director of the Center for ADHD. In my research, I work on developing new and innovative ways to understand, evaluate and treat ADHD. For example, my colleagues and I have developed web-based software to assist pediatricians in delivering better quality care to children with ADHD.

I was a co-investigator on the National Institutes of Mental Health-funded Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA), and I have published numerous empirical papers on a variety of ADHD-related topics. Much of my empirical research has concentrated on the neuropsychology of ADHD and the promotion of evidence-based ADHD care among community pediatricians.

In addition to my research, I’m an associate editor at the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and I’m honored to have been elected to the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Hall of Fame.

Clinical Interests

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

Blog Posts

Teens + Driving + ADHD = A Dangerous Combination

Mind Brain Behavior

Teens + Driving + ADHD = A Dangerous Combination

Jeffery N. Epstein, PhD9/4/2020

Free Tool Helps Providers Implement New ADHD Guidelines

Tools for Science

Free Tool Helps Providers Implement New ADHD Guidelines

Jeffery N. Epstein, PhD10/1/2019

My Education

PhD: State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1994.

Internship: Medical University of South Carolina, 1994.

My Publications

Pre-Existing Comorbid Emotional Symptoms Moderate Short-Term Methylphenidate Adverse Effects in a Randomized Trial of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Froehlich, TE; Brinkman, WB; Peugh, JL; Piedra, AN; Vitucci, DJ; Epstein, JN. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2020; 30:137-147.

A novel digital intervention for actively reducing severity of paediatric ADHD (STARS-ADHD): a randomised controlled trial. Kollins, SH; DeLoss, DJ; Canadas, E; Lutz, J; Findling, RL; Keefe, RS E; Epstein, JN; Cutler, AJ; Faraone, SV. The Lancet. Digital Health. 2020; 2:e168-e178.

The Effects of ADHD Treatment and Reading Intervention on the Fluency and Comprehension of Children with ADHD and Word Reading Difficulties: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Denton, CA; Tamm, L; Schatschneider, C; Epstein, JN. Scientific Studies of Reading. 2020; 24:72-89.

ADGRL3 (LPHN3) variants predict substance use disorder. Arcos-Burgos, M; Velez, JI; Martinez, AF; Ribases, M; Ramos-Quiroga, JA; Sanchez-Mora, C; Richarte, V; Roncero, C; Cormand, B; Fernandez-Castillo, N; et al. Translational Psychiatry. 2019; 9.

Depression and ADHD-Related Risk for Substance Use in Adolescence and Early Adulthood: Concurrent and Prospective Associations in the MTA. Howard, AL; Kennedy, TM; Macdonald, EP; Mitchell, JT; Sibley, MH; Roy, A; Arnold, LE; Epstein, JN; Hinshaw, SP; Hoza, B; et al. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2019; 47:1903-1916.

A preliminary investigation of reaction time variability in relation to social functioning in children evaluated for ADHD. Tamm, L; Epstein, JN; Becker, SP. Child Neuropsychology. 2019; 25:885-898.

Fluid reasoning and reading difficulties among children with ADHD. Mano, QR; Mano, KE J; Guerin, JM; Gibler, RC; Becker, SP; Denton, CA; Epstein, JN; Tamm, L. Applied Neuropsychology: Child. 2019; 8:307-318.

Factors Associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Use in Community Care Settings. Kamimura-Nishimura, KI; Epstein, JN; Froehlich, TE; Peugh, J; Brinkman, WB; Baum, R; Gardner, W; Langberg, JM; Lichtenstein, P; Chen, D; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 213:155-162.e1.

Toward Establishing a Standard Symptom Set for Assessing Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Children: Evidence From Teacher Ratings in a Community Sample. Becker, SP; Burns, GL; Schmitt, AP; Epstein, JN; Tamm, L. Assessment. 2019; 26:1128-1141.

Managing Frustration for Children (MFC) Group Intervention for ADHD: An Open Trial of a Novel Group Intervention for Deficient Emotion Regulation. Rosen, PJ; Leaberry, KD; Slaughter, K; Fogleman, ND; Walerius, DM; Loren, RE A; Epstein, JN. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2019; 26:522-534.