Research Overview

As part of the ACO’s commitment to Education and Excellence, we support evidence-based practice and make evidence-based research available to all members. 

Research Supports ADHD Coaching

The ACO’s Research Committee

The mission of the ACO Research Committee is two-fold. First, the committee regularly presents summaries of relevant studies to the ACO community in order to both provide members with the latest ADHD and coaching research and inform coaches about how to critically evaluate research reports. Second, the committee supports the ADHD coaching community by fostering additional research on the efficacy of ADHD coaching. This committee collaborates with other groups, research facilities, and funding sources.

The Committee’s research briefs are published regularly in the ACO Newsletter.

If you are interested in participating in this active and dynamic group by identifying and reviewing relevant research, or by participating in basic research itself, contact the committee chair at [email protected].

Research on ADHD

Journal of Attention Disorders, edited by Sam Goldstein

The Journal of Attention Disorders (JAD) focuses on basic and applied science concerning attention and related functions in children, adolescents, and adults. JAD publishes articles on diagnosis, comorbidity, neuropsychological functioning, psychopharmacology, and psychosocial issues. The journal also addresses practice, policy, and theory, as well as review articles, commentaries, in-depth analyses, empirical research articles, and case presentations or program evaluations.

As a member benefit, ACO members have access to the full texts of all issues in the Journal of Attention Disorders.


The ADHD Report, edited by Russell Barkley

In 1993, Dr. Barkley founded The ADHD Report with Guilford Publications. This newsletter is designed for clinicians and educated parents to provide them with the latest scientific information on ADHD. The newsletter is published bimonthly and it includes articles on contemporary topics related to the diagnosis, assessment, nature, and management of ADHD in children and adults. The Editorial Board includes a number of scientific and clinical experts on ADHD who contribute articles periodically to the newsletter. The ADHD Report examines the nature, diagnosis, and outcomes associated with the disorder, and provides a single reliable source for the latest developments in the fields of clinical management and education. In addition, each issue contains coverage of current journal articles that highlight important research in the field.

ACO members have unlimited online access to this publication.


Attention Research Update, edited by David Rabiner

Rabiner is a research psychologist at Duke University who studies ADHD, has been publishing Attention Research Update for over a decade. For each month’s issue of Attention Research Update he selects a study he believes subscribers will find especially interesting, and provides an objective review of the findings. The studies reviewed include research on promising new ADHD treatments, educational strategies for children with ADHD, how ADHD impacts development, and a variety of other issues. You can subscribe here:

Research on Coaching

The Coaching Report

The Institute of Coaching, an affiliate of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has as its mission “to build the scientific foundation and best practices of leadership, wellness, and personal coaching.” It publishes a monthly newsletter called the Coaching Report. You can subscribe here:

International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring

The International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring is an international peer reviewed journal, which is published bi-annually online in February and August. The aim of the journal is twofold: firstly, to provide evidence-based, well-researched resources for students, professionals, corporate clients, managers and academic specialists who need to be at the forefront of developments in the field; and secondly to offer an accessible yet powerful discussion platform for the growing number of coaching and mentoring practitioners seeking to validate their practice. You can access the journal online here: