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.
Dr. L. Eugene Arnold, Resident Expert
L. Eugene Arnold, M.Ed., M.D. is a board-certified child & adolescent psychiatrist. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Ohio State University, where he was formerly director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and vice-chair of psychiatry, and was recently interim director of the Nisonger Center university center of excellence in developmental disabilities. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine summa cum laude, interned at University of Oregon, and took residencies at Johns Hopkins, where he earned the M.Ed., and served in the U.S. Public Health Service. He has 45 years’ experience in child psychiatric treatment research, including the multi-site NIMH Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (“the MTA”), for which he was executive secretary and chair of the steering committee. For his work on the MTA he received the NIH Director’s Award. He was co-investigator for the OSU site of the Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology Autism Network, for which he chaired the steering committee. He has a particular interest in alternative and complementary treatments for ADHD. He undertook the NIMH-funded multi-site double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial of neurofeedback at the request of CHADD. His publications include 9 books, 70 chapters, and 300 articles.
Sarah Brown, NRC Program Manager
Sarah Brown graduated from the University of Maryland and began working for the Arc of Montgomery County in 1980. After taking classes in American Sign Language she entered Gallaudet University. She graduated in 1986 with a degree in counseling she began work at Deaf-REACH focusing on providing services for those who were deaf and who had a serious mental illness. Moving up in the organization she became the Executive Director providing oversight to two Medicaid reimbursable programs, a grant from the Centers for Disease Control for HIV interventions for the deaf and several housing programs including two HUD projects. In 2017, she retired from Deaf-REACH after 30 years of service. She comes to CHADD to manage the NRC grant from CDC.
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, Population Action International, the Library of Congress and the 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 along with taking long nature walks.
Melvin Bogard, Multimedia Communications Specialist
Melvin Bogard is a content creator maven. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Emerging Media from Loyola University Maryland. His degree provided him with the necessary tools to continue developing his media literacy and analytical skills to build meaningful content. The program also strengthened his abilities to execute, capitalize and create strategic plans for an unlimited scope of situations. As a documentarian, storyteller, and content producer, he uses social media wisely as a driving force for change and demonstrating the value of helping individuals and organizations. When he's not behind a camera or in front of a screen creating content, you’ll find him learning new design apps, empowering his community through his podcasts, and daydreaming of traveling to exotic destinations.
Ara Rich, Health Information Specialist
Ara Rich is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia in Washington DC with a Bachelor of Science in health education and of Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC with a Master of Science in administration with a concentration in public and community health. She has worked at St. Coletta of Greater Washington as an educator teaching students with developmental, intellectual and cognitive disabilities. She has worked and volunteered as a health promotion specialist and community health educator at the University of the District of Columbia and Providence Hospital. She is also enthusiastic about the public health field and enjoys learning, teaching and promoting healthy life habits. Ara enjoys researching and learning about various health topics and the impact they have on the society. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
Silvina Etchegoyen, Bilingual Health Information Specialist
Silvina Etchegoyen, LMSW - MSW, is a Latina bilingual and bicultural Social Worker. She graduated with a Master in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work with a major in policy practice, and with a Licensed Master Social Worker from the National University of Mar del Plata. She worked as a Community Organizer and Case Worker in Mar del Plata, Argentina with the most needed neighborhoods. She has international and professional experience in program development and healthcare development for underserved communities in Argentina and in the United States. Her extensive expertise is in developing and implementing educational training programs and educational-recreational events at the local, regional, national and international levels, and in community development management. She also has experience working in integrated case management, providing psychosocial assessment and psychotherapy to adults. In the USA, she worked at Yale New Haven Hospital as a Clinical Social Worker; at Helen Keller International as a Program Manager of ChildSight-CT; and as a case manager at ALSO Cornerstone.
Karen Sampson, Health Information Specialist and eNewsletter Editor
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 full of home-canned goods.