Our Professional Advisory Board provides ADHD Europe with its depth of scientific knowledge, giving advice based on their wide ranging experience in ADHD and comorbid conditions. To find out more about one of its members, please click on their name.
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’ at Radboud University Nijmegen (promoter prof. dr. J.K. Buitelaar). She has been involved for more than 25 years in ADHD research, patientcare, development of new trainings for professionals, informing the public, coordinating (inter)national networks on ADHD, publishing books, articles, and websites.
Her main research interests are ADHD, sleep and health: disturbances of the circadian rhythm and the impact on mood, weight and health, and the relationship with hormonal changes in women. ADHD in older people is another interest.
(Inter)national tasks and positions
· 2020 – current Professor Adult ADHD at Amsterdam University Medical Center/VUMc, Amsterdam
· 2002 – current Initiator and Head of Program and Expertise Center ADHD in adults and elderly, at PsyQ. Program ADHD in adults and elderly in the Hague, treats annually around 1000 ADHD patients with comorbidity, by a specialised multidisciplinary team. The expertise center is an (inter)national research and education institute 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, websites and films (www.psyq.nl). In 2008, 2013 and 2018, Program and Expertise Center received the TOP Mental Health (TOPGGz) acknowledgement, for excellent patientcare, education and research (www.topggz.nl).
· 2010 – current Specialist-leader Adult ADHD at PsyQ in the Netherlands, responsible for the training and support of other locations of PsyQ in the Netherlands. Each location has a specialised Adult ADHD Program (www.psyq.nl).
· 2015 – current Specialist-leader Neurobiological Developmental Disorders at Parnassia Group in the Netherlands
· 2010 – 2015 Chair of the Guideline committee on Adult ADHD of the Dutch organisation of Psychiatry. The guideline was published sept 2015.
· 2003 – current Initiator and chair of the ‘European Network Adult ADHD’, in which now adult ADHD specialists from 28 countries take part www.eunetworkadultadhd.com.
· 2009 – current Initiator and president of the international DIVA Foundation that distributes at low cost online translations of the Dutch Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA-5) that has been translated in 20 languages (www.divacenter.eu).
· 2008 – current Advisory Board member of APSARD, the American Psychiatric Society on ADHD and Related Disorders
· 2010 – current Member of the Scientific Program committee of the World ADHD Congress
· 2017 – current Advisory Board of ADHD Europe
· 2017 – current Member of Eunethydis, European research network on ADHD
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Barbara Franke is a Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the Radboud University Medical Center and a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
After finishing her studies in Biology in Giessen (Germany) and Utrecht (The Netherlands), she obtained her PhD in molecular signal transduction from Utrecht University in 1999. For postdoctoral studies, she subsequently moved to Nijmegen, where she was appointed at the departments of Human Genetics and Psychiatry.
In 2012, she became a full professor. As a molecular biologist and geneticist, her research is focused on understanding the genetic contribution to (neurodevelopmental) psychiatric disorders. In addition to gene-identification approaches involving common and rare genetic variation, she uses bioinformatics, neuroimaging genetics, and fruit fly models to map the biological pathways leading from gene to disease.
It is her goal to make genetic information useful for improving the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Barbara Franke leads and has lead several EU-funded consortium projects investigating the etiology of ADHD and related psychiatric disorders, including the EU FP7-funded Aggressotype project. the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network MiND, and the Horizon 2020 PRIME project. In addition, she leads/has lead work packages in several additional EU-funded projects, the TACTICS, IMAGEMEND, CoCA, and Eat2beNICE projects.
Prof. Franke is a member of Academia Europaea, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. She holds an honorary Adjunct Professorship at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and an honorary Skou Professorship at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark.
Prof. Tobias Banaschewski, MD, PhD is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg, Medical Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH), as well as and Deputy Director of the CIMH in Mannheim, Germany. Dr. Banaschewski studied psychology and medicine at the University of Marburg in Germany. He worked as Clinical Assistant in Adult Psychiatry in Marburg and as Clinical and Research Assistant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Göttingen.
Ongoing Research Support:
Dr. Kate Carr Fanning
Kate completed her PhD in psychology and education at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, where she specialised in the inclusion of leaners with ADHD in mainstream education.
She spent 10 years developing and leading programmes is universities in England focused on educational psychology, teacher education, and special and inclusive education. She continues to be an Honorary Academic at the University of Bristol working with PhD students and conducting research. She recently returned to Ireland and joined the School of Education in University College Dublin (UCD), where she is the Director of Inclusive Education and Programme Director for the Graduate Diploma in SEN and the Masters in Inclusive Education.
Kate’s research interests focus on educational inclusion and social, emotional, and/or mental health difficulties in education, with a particular interest in ADHD. Her research had included the design and evaluation of school-based programs of inclusion, learner voice / participatory research and practice, and issues of identity, lay peoples understanding of behaviour and mental health, and belonging in school.
Kate serves on the ADHD Europe Professional Advisory board.