By Elizabeth Ahmann, ScD, RN, ACC, Research Committee

A fairly new ACO member benefit is online access to Russell Barkley’s ADHD Report. This, and the Journal of Attention Disorders, also a member benefit, offer ACO members access to some of the current research literature related to ADHD (instructions for accessing these member benefits are available upon logging into the ACO members’ site).

While reading a research journal cover to cover is unlikely for most of us, reading the titles of the articles published in each issue of the two journals can provide an overview of some of the key areas being studied. When any individual research study seems particularly relevant to one’s own coaching practice, reading the abstract to the article is a way to begin learning about the study, and scanning or reading through the article in its entirety can provide a higher level of detail.

In addition to the articles published in ADHD Report and Journal of Attention Disorders, many interesting and useful studies related to ADHD are published in a wide range of other journals. In fact, according to Russell Barkley (2013):

Although research on ADHD has been on an upward and ever steepening trend over the past few decades, there has been a veritable explosion of research publications in the past year [2011-2012]. Nearly 500 articles per year are now appearing worldwide on ADHD in research journals” (p. 8).

Fortunately for ACO members, a regular feature in the ADHD Report, titled “Research Findings” highlights some of this other research. In each issue, the “Research Findings” section includes abstracts and citations from somewhere in the range of 10-17 articles published in other journals. The citations are written either by Dr. Barkley, himself, or by Laura Knouse, PhD, a clinical psychologist, researcher, and ADHD expert.

As an example of the value of this particular column in the ADHD Report, here are the titles of just a few of the studies abstracted in ”Research Findings” in the February 2014 issue of the ADHD Report:

  • International Prevalence and Effects of ADHD on Workers
  • Omega 3/6 Fatty Acids for ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Study
  • Medication Effects on Organizational Skills

To access this wealth of information, the “Research Findings” section of the ADHD Report can be located easily in the table of contents for each issue of the journal. Searching the term “research findings” on the journal’s online home page will also bring up a listing of the “Research Findings” columns from past issues.  ACO members can access ADHD Report through the Member Benefits area of the ACO website.

(Note: The Journal of Attention Disorders (JAD) has had a similar column in the past, titled variously “Current Literature” or  “Summarized,” both authored by Sam Goldstein, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of JAD. This column, however, has not been published for over a year.)


Barkley, R.A. (2013). Research Findings. The ADHD Report, 21(2), pp. 8–12,14. doi: 10.1521/adhd.2013.21.2.

This review was written as a service to ACO members by Elizabeth Ahmann, ScD, RN, ACC, of the ACO Research Committee. You can contact the author at