The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC), a program of CHADD, was established to be the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD. It is primarily funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). The NRC serves as a National Public Health Practice and Resource Center (NPHPRC) with the mission to provide information, education and consultation about assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and issues of health and well-being for children with ADHD and their families.
What We Do
The NRC provides science-based information on ADHD by developing program activities for children and teens with ADHD and their parents or caregivers, adults with ADHD, health care and education professionals who work with them and other members of the public. The NRC has a highly trained staff dedicated to the following activities:
The National Resource Center on ADHD follows the Healthy People 2020 national objectives to improve the health of all Americans by encouraging collaborations across sectors, guiding people toward making informed health decisions and measuring the impact of prevention activities. The Center works to achieve the following outcomes:
As a program of CHADD, the National Resource Center on ADHD works closely with CHADD’s Professional Advisory Board of nationally recognized ADHD experts to ensure that its materials meet the highest standards for scientifically based information.
The NRC does not provide counseling, medical or legal advice or give direct referrals to specific professionals who specialize in the diagnosis or treatment of ADHD, such as psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists and clinical social workers. The Center does provide numerous resources and information on these professionals and ways to make informed decisions about selecting providers.
The Center is located in the CHADD national office in Lanham, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The National Resource Center welcomes visitors (by appointment only) to use its ADHD library of books, reports and peer-reviewed journals.
Susan Vosburgh, Director
Susan Vosburgh is a clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience as a child and family therapist and administrator of mental health nonprofit organizations. She has directed a bilingual therapeutic preschool, a child and adolescent hospital outpatient clinic, a school mental health program and a trauma and bereavement mental health agency. Susan has also provided therapeutic services to diverse populations of all ages and worked as a mental health consultant and trainer to over 300 schools, churches, government and nonprofit organizations. She has developed district-wide school prevention programs for crisis response and conflict resolution, an ADHD clinic for all ages, and city-wide homicide and victim assistance coalitions, among others. She has served as a member of the medical school faculty at Georgetown University’s Department of Psychiatry and the National Catholic School of Social Service. Susan has a Master of Social Work from the Catholic University of America and post graduate training in child and adolescent psychiatry and administration of nonprofits. She has a passion for working with those who face life challenges and has dedicated her career to advancing the field of mental health. In her leisure, Susan spends time with her family, especially her three grandchildren, along with gardening, cooking and traveling to any place on the planet.
Sarah Firestone, Deputy Director
Sarah Firestone, a social worker, has been with the NRC for 10 years, starting as a health information specialist. Growing up in a family where several members were diagnosed with ADHD, Sarah knows how hard it can be for people living with the disorder and the struggle their families go through. Sarah previously worked as an account manager for Proctor and Gamble. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and interned at the City of Baltimore Employee Assistance Program and Kidspeace. Sarah is a passionate advocate for children and families in poverty as well as animals in need.
Alice Dull, Digital Media Specialist
Alice Dull is an award-winning photographer, documentarian and videographer with a passion for storytelling. As a photographer and videographer at the Charleston Post and Courier, she worked on a series covering reading issues in Charleston Schools. Alice earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has extensive experience crafting digital web content and documentaries. Alice worked for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Randolph Community College and Camp Speers-Eljabar. Alice volunteers as videographer and editor for the Help Portrait project, which takes free holiday portraits for people in need.
Petrina Chong Hollingsworth, Technical Science Editor
Petrina Hollingsworth previously served as the managing editor of CHADD’s Attention magazine. She has worked for more than 25 years in communications, writing, editing, publications management, marketing and public relations for various organizations, including ICF International, the National Minority AIDS Council, the Center for the Advancement of Health, Sanwa Bank California and the Bohle Company. She earned a Master of Arts in journalism and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Petrina is an avid foodie, enjoys trying out new restaurants with her husband and two sons who are adventurous eaters and loves to try new recipes on them.
Zuali Malsawma, Health Sciences Librarian
Zuali Malsawma has a Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland. She has worked for the libraries of various nonprofit, government and educational organizations, including the Population Reference Bureau, the Library of Congress and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She is interested in ADHD research for better treatments of the disorder so that those affected can thrive with it. Zuali is active in homeschooling and in assisting underserved populations through community organizations. She enjoys family celebrations and other social events, and taking long walks by the lake close to her home.
Carla Marin, Bilingual Health Information Specialist
Carla Marin has provided bilingual outreach and social services for more than five years for several non-profit and public health organizations. She has worked for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, University of Delaware’s Infant Caregiver Project, the American Red Cross, and Northern Virginia Family Service, among others. Carla earned a degree in psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She is certified in mental health first aid and Tier One training from the Domestic Violence Network and is a graduate of the Leadership Arlington Young Professionals Program. Carla is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys painting, volunteering, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Karen Sampson, Health Information Specialist
Karen Sampson Hoffman earned a Master of Arts in communication from the State University of New York College at Brockport. Karen previously served as the communications manager for CHADD. She has worked as a reporter in Western New York and as the editor-in-charge of a weekly newspaper along Lake Ontario. She taught journalism at the State University of New York at Fredonia and later became assistant director of campus ministry at Fredonia Newman Center. Today she has leadership roles with civic and social organizations in Maryland, while exploring the concept of modern-day village homesteading, with a large garden and pantry of full of home-canned goods.
Melanie Yu, Marketing Specialist
Melanie Yu holds a degree in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. Melanie has experience in digital marketing and has created an online presence for several past companies, including Case Design/Remodeling, Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group, DRFirst and Healthy Directions. She turned her photography hobby into a part-time wedding business and loves documenting a couple’s journey into their next big milestone in life. During wedding off-season, Melanie loves to explore the food scene, travel, and volunteer at the DC Central Kitchen and DC Food Bank.