Plenary Speaker Bios

Plenary Speakers will include:

Professor Philip Asherson - Introduction to ADHD

Philip Asherson

Philip Asherson, MB,BS, MRCPsych, PhD is Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the United Kingdom.

Prof. Asherson earned his medical degree from The Royal London Hospital and his doctoral degree from the University of Wales. He was an MRC Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine & Institute of Medical Genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff where he worked on molecular genetic studies of schizophrenia with Profs. Mike Owen and Peter McGuffin.

Prof. Asherson works on clinical, quantitative genetic and molecular genetic studies of ADHD in adults and children; and clinical assessment and treatment of adult ADHD. He has been a senior member of the UK National Adult ADHD Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital since 1998; which was established by Brian Toone and Susan Young in 1994. He has published several articles on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults, with a particular focus on approaches that are relevant to clinical services in the UK. He played a key role in the NICE guidelines for ADHD that were published in autumn 2008, with his main contributions being discussions on the validity of the diagnostic construct of ADHD and providing expert guidance on the clinical procedures and services required for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults. Following on from NICE he has worked with a small group of health professionals and support groups to establish the UK Adult ADHD Network, which is professional group that aims to provide ADHD Support, Education and Training; particularly aimed at supporting the establishment of local services and setting a common standard for diagnosis and treatments of adults with ADHD.

Current research projects include the International Multi-centre ADHD Gene (IMAGE) project (IMAGE) that is using a quantitative trait approach to map genes for ADHD. IMAGE has collected over 1,000 families with one or more individuals with combined type ADHD. He and Jonna Kuntsi work together on family and twin studies that are identifying neuropsychological processes that mediate genetic effects on ADHD. He is the author and co-author of more than 140 articles and book chapters on genetics of psychiatric conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD, as well as idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE).

Dr. J.J. Sandra Kooij, MD, PhD


PsyQ, psycho-medical programs, Program and Expertise Center Adult ADHD, The Hague, The Netherlands

Sandra Kooij started as a psychiatrist in 1995 with the development of diagnostic assessment, treatment and research in the field of adult ADHD in the Netherlands. In 2006 she received her PhD on a thesis entitled ‘ADHD in adults. Clinical studies on Assessment and Treatment’. She is involved in research, treating patients, training professionals, informing the public, publishing books, articles, and websites.

National tasks and positions

  • From 2002 – 2012 she was head of Program Adult ADHD at PsyQ, psycho-medical programs. PsyQ has 9 specialised Programs for mental health disorders. Program Adult ADHD in the Hague currently treats 1300 adult ADHD patients with comorbidity by a specialised multidisciplinary team.
  • She is Program leader of the Adult ADHD Program of PsyQ in the Netherlands, that serves to teach and support the 28 locations of PsyQ in the Netherlands that each have a specialised Adult ADHD Program (
  • Since 2002 she is head of the Dutch Expertise Center Adult ADHD at PsyQ, that develops, distributes and implements new knowledge about ADHD in adults in mental health care in the Netherlands and abroad. The knowledge is distributed by scientific and popular publications, education programs, leaflets, websites and films ( In 2008 and in 2013, Program and Expertise Center Adult ADHD received the TOP Mental Health (TOPGGz) award, for excellent patientcare, education and research (
  • Initiator in 1998 and chair until 2011 of the Dutch ‘Network Adult ADHD’, called ADHD Network since the fusion with pediatricians and child psychiatrists. This Network counts over 750 professionals involved in diagnostic assessment and treatment of children and adults with ADHD in the Netherlands (
  • Chair of the Guideline committee on Adult ADHD of the Dutch organisation of Psychiatry.
  • Initiator of ADHDFund, an international online crowdfund for patient oriented and patient driven research on ADHD ( (2014)
  • Member of the committee on driving issues of the Dutch organisation of Psychiatry that advises the government about use of stimulants in traffic in adults with ADHD.
  • Chair of the expertise group of the Dutch organisation of psychiatry that developed online education on adult ADHD for residents in psychiatry.

International tasks and positions

  • In 2003, she started the coordination of the ‘European Network Adult ADHD’, in which now 24 countries take part. The progress of the European Network can be followed at . The European Network organised her first international congress in London, sept 2011 in cooperation with UKAAN, the English adult ADHD Network. In februay 2013 the next international symposium took place in Tel Aviv, in cooperation with APSARD, the American Psychiatric Association of ADHD and related Disorders. Next meeting will be in London again in September 2014.
  • Initiator and chair of the international DIVA Foundation that distributes free of charge, online translations of the Dutch Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA 2.0, Kooij & Frankcen 2009), that is currently translated in 14 languages ( In 2012, the DIVA 2.0 App was launched via App and Google Play store.
  • Boardmember of the ADHD Report.
  • Boardmember of the Journal 'Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'.

Current research topics

  • Ongoing epidemiological study on ADHD in older adults in cooperation with VUMc /LASA study group Amsterdam.
  • Ongoing research on the relationship between ADHD, sleep, circadian rhythm, mood, weight, metabolic syndrome and general health, partly in cooperation with the NESDA study group of VUMc Amsterdam.
  • ADHD and lifestyle: sexual problems and disorders, driving history and driving skills, and smoking behaviour.
  • Genetics of ADHD in cooperation with VUMc Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen

Iris Manor - Providing support during the transition from child to adult services


Dr Iris Manor is a Senior Lecturer (of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University; and the director of the ADHD Unit, Geha Mental Health Center. She has been involved in research, mainly on ADHD, for the past 15 years, with an emphasis on the topics of ADHD genetics, the clinical aspects of ADHD in different age groups, and the pharmacotherapy of ADHD. She has lectured on these topics locally, nationally and internationally to other physicians, mental health professionals, educators, and families.

Dr Manor has over 60 publications on the topic of ADHD in peer reviewed journals and has a book on ADHD for Dyonon Publishing House – Academic Publications of Tel Aviv University, which is the only original professional Israeli book on the topic.

Dr Manor serves as a member of the European Network of Adult ADHD (ENAA), and as a member of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). She is also a member of the National Council for Mental Health, and a member of the National Council for Pediatrics.

Dr Manor is also a member in the NPO "Kavim Vemahshavot", which is the Israeli NPO for ADHD.

Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn

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Jeffrey H. Newcorn, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Director, Division of Child andAdolescentPsychiatry

Department of Psychiatry

Mount SinaiMedicalCenter

New York, New York

Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn received his medical degree from theUniversityofRochesterinNew York. He completed his general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry training atTufts-NewEnglandMedicalCenter,Boston. Dr. Newcorn is currently associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, as well as director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry atMount Sinai Medical Center,New YorkCity. 

Dr. Newcorn is a highly regarded clinician - researcher with special expertise in the areas of ADHD, aggression, descriptive psychopathology of child and adolescent disorders, and child and adolescent psychopharmacology, whose academic work spans both clinical and translational topics. He has been a member of the steering committee of the NIMH-funded multicenter study “Multimodal Treatment of Children with ADHD (MTA).” He was the primary investigator on an NIMH-funded ADHD Research Infrastructure Network devoted to understanding the neurobiology of ADHD, and has been (and currently is) the principal investigator or co-investigator on several NIMH-funded and industry-funded grants that examine the clinical presentation and neurobiological basis of ADHD and its treatment.

A nationally recognized educator and an editorial board member of several leading child psychiatry and psychology journals, Dr. Newcorn directs an active clinical trials program, and has studied many of the newer medication treatments for ADHD. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on these and related subjects. Dr. Newcorn’s most recent research focuses on the clinical and neurobiological basis of differential response to ADHD treatments, utilizing data obtained from clinical, neuropsychological, pharmacogenetic and fMRI measures.  

Prof. Alexandra Philipsen


Alexandra Philipsen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Freiburg. She is also head of department and research group of borderline personality disorder and adult ADHD.

Prof. Alexandra Philipsen studied medicine and classical philology at the University of Freiburg, Germany from 1990-1998, and received her MD (Dr. med. magna cum laude) from the University of Freiburg in 1998. Since 1999 she was resident, since 2000 assistant doctor at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Centre Freiburg, Germany. Since 2006 she works as senior physician and is the head of two large research groups on Borderline Personality Disorder and adult ADHD. 2009 she received her Habilitation at the University of Freiburg (advisor: Prof. Dr. M. Berger).

Main research domains:

Neurobiology and treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and ADHD, development and evaluation of new psychotherapeutic approaches for impulsive behaviour and emotion dysregulation.

Five Most Important Grants  

Grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG): Neuronal, physiological and behavioral correlates of emotional learning in adult ADHD (Position: Co-Investigator) (BL 1009 2-1)

Grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Psychotherapy in adult ADHD (Position: P.I.) (01GV0606)

Grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): ADHD in mothers and children. (Position: Co-Investigator) (01GV0605)

Grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): good clinical practice in psychotherapeutic studies (Position: Co-Investigator) (01GV0618)

Grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK): competence centre of psychotherapy Baden-Württemberg

Since 2006
Investigator of industry-funded clinical trials in adult ADHD (Position: Co-Investigator)


  • Psychotherapy Award of the German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 2012
  • Saarland ADHD Research Award 2012
  • Poster Awards 1996, 2010, 2011

Additional qualification

  • Supervisor for cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Intern Quality Manager
  • Reviewer for international journals (eg. British Journal of Psychiatry) and funding organizations


  • Malik Management Certificate
  • Coordinating Investigator Certificate

Professor Ilina Singh - Cultural differences between the US and Europe

Ilina-Singh.jpgIlina Singh is Professor and Director of Research in the Department for Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. Her work examines the psycho-social and ethical implications of advances in biomedicine and neuroscience for young people and families. She is particularly interested in bringing first person perspectives of children into research, theory and policy. Current projects include: the ADHD VOICES project (; Neuroenhancement Responsible Research and Innovation (; and MindBaC (Mindfulness, Behaviour and Children), which is trialing a mindfulness intervention for ADHD. A major research programme on the ethics of early intervention into children’s moral development is under construction.

Ilina has published widely in eminent journals, including Nature, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Social Science and Medicine, and The American Journal of Bioethics. She is the lead editor of a new book: BioPrediction, Biomarkers and Bad Behavior: Scientific, Ethical and Legal Challenges, published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Eric Taylor - ADHD as a lifelong condition

Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor is Emeritus Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry; and an honorary consultant at 'The Maudsley'. He has researched, practised clinically, and taught child neuropsychiatry since 1971. His special interests have been in the causes, course and treatment of ADHD, and the research has included longitudinal epidemiology, nosological distinctions within the ADHD spectrum, neuropsychology and neuroimaging, molecular genetics and treatment trials. He chaired the NICE guidelines development group for ADHD; and is also a Trustee of the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners and a Non-Executive Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His research won the Ruane Prize from NARSAD for severe child psychopathologies and he is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Publications include more than 200 scientific papers, many chapters and editorials, and several books.

Dr Susan Young - Long term outcomes of treatment: a multi-modal approach

Susan Young

Dr Susan Young is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Clinical Psychology in the Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London.  She is an Honorary Consultant at Broadmoor Hospital and Director of Forensic Research and Development for West London Mental Health Trust. She participated in the British Association of Psychopharmacology ADHD Consensus Meetings (2007;2013) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) ADHD Clinical Guideline Development Group (2009;2013).  She is President of the UK ADHD Partnership ( and Vice-President of the UK Adult ADHD Network ( Dr Young has published numerous articles in scientific journals, three psychological intervention programmes and three books.  Her work has been translated into Icelandic, Hebrew, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Swedish.  She was consulted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the South Florida Behavioral Health Network to develop enhanced service delivery and care coordination for mentally disordered offenders.



Louis grew up in Eye, Peterborough and began his love affair with Gymnastics at the age of 4. Suffering with severe ADHD as a child, it was Gymnastics that captured his mind and 3 years after his entry into the sport he began training at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.

Under the guidance of his coach Paul Hall, Louis began to excel in the sport and at the age of 15 secured his first major international title, becoming Junior European Champion in 2004. Further indication of his ability on the world stage came 2 years later as he secured a Commonwealth Games Gold medal.

In 2008 came the Beijing Olympics and although still very much an unknown name to the British public, Louis won Bronze, becoming the first British gymnast to win an individual Olympic gymnastics medal in 100 years. With that success making him one of Britain’s biggest medal hopes ahead of London 2012, Louis didn’t disappoint. As captain, he qualified in first place for the pommel final whilst helping the boys to the team final for the first time since 1926.

The rest was history in the making as three days later Louis led the team to Britain’s first ever men’s Olympic team medal with Bronze. 5 days later Louis took on the hardest routine of his life in the pommel horse final in front of an expectant home crowd where he absorbed the pressure, securing his highest ever pommel horse score at a major International competition and ensuring an historic silver medal, equalling the gold-medal winning score.

Now Britain’s greatest ever gymnast, Louis has shot to fame off the back of his success and no less so through his involvement in Strictly Come Dancing following the Games. A full 13 week stint on the show saw him crowned champion and made 2012 a year he’ll never forget, which has established him as one of the country’s most recognised and celebrated athletes and personalities.