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.
Leslie Kain, Executive Director
Leslie Kain leads the highly capable and dedicated NRC team at CHADD. After getting her BA in Psychology from Wellesley College, she briefly served as a social worker in the outpatient division of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. She then got her MBA from Boston University and enjoyed a demanding career in the for-profit high tech industry, holding VP roles in Business Development and Strategic Marketing. Most of the companies she helped to grow delivered research-level cutting edge solutions to complex and critical challenges in commercial, defense, and intelligence sectors. She recently returned to her “first love” – the nonprofit world, focusing on disadvantaged populations, bringing her expertise in research & analytic methodologies and in brain-based conditions. Prior to joining CHADD, Leslie was Director of Programs & Development at NAMI Howard County (MD).
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.
Shireka McCarthy, Health Information Specialist
Shireka McCarthy is a graduate of Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD with a bachelor of social work degree, and of Howard University in Washington, DC with a master of social work degree. She has experience in all dimensions of the social work profession, having worked, volunteered, and interned in direct practice, community administration, and policy settings. She is skilled in community organizing and advocacy, and is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers DC Metro Chapter. In her free time, Shireka enjoys DIY projects and listening to music. Ms. McCarthy believes in Shirley Chisholm’s declaration, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”
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.
Jo Anne Nelson, Senior Writer
Dr. Nelson has a unique career history that has given her an invaluable understanding of business, people and change. Jo Anne holds a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. She led a private practice in the Washington, DC area for several years before co-founding a management consulting firm focused on innovation, leadership development and cultural change. As Chief Operating Officer for the District of Columbia Hospital Association, she was able to combine her love for healthcare and business. As a writer, Jo Anne has created a range of products including marketing materials, newsletter articles, annual reports, scientific and white papers, strategic plans, eLearning courses, and website content, and is the author of Heritage: Honoring Our Hospitals’ Early Years in the Nation’s Capital. She has a passion for teaching, and making complex topics easily understandable.
Robyn Maggio, Education and Training Coordinator
Robyn Maggio has a Master of Social Work from Tulane University. She has worked in different education and training capacities at organizations across the country, including the City of Charleston (Charleston, SC), Columbus State University, (Columbus, GA) and the Recovery School District (New Orleans, LA). From coordinating education programs, to developing trainings and reviewing course curriculum, Robyn is skilled at creating and delivering quality information. She has a passion for learning, sharing and making information accessible to all populations. In her free time, Robyn is a yoga instructor, loves to travel and enjoys anything that allows her to learn and try new things.
Carla Marin, Bilingual Health Information and Resources Specialist
Carla Marin has provided bilingual outreach and social services for several non-profit and public health organizations. She has worked for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, University of Delaware, and the American Red Cross, among others. Carla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marymount University. 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 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.