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About Joel

Joel Nigg is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU. A native of Northeast Iowa, along the Mississippi River, he traveled East to obtain a BA in the Comparative Study of Religion at Harvard, a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan, and then ventured West to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He joined the faculty in Psychology at Michigan State in 1996 and remained there until moving to OHSU in 2008. He directs the ADHD Program at OHSU, a large federally-funded program to investigate the causes of child attention, learning, and impulse control problems. He also has an interest in environmental contributors to child mental illness, including the potential role of dietary factors and neurotoxicant pollutants. He has over 140 peer-reviewed publications and a book entitled What Causes ADHD (Guilford, 2006) and sits on several editorial boards and advisory bodies related to child mental illness.

A licensed clinician, he also runs a neuropsychological assessment clinic for children one day per week at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. He brings to OEC’s Board scientific expertise in children’s health and development and a passion for combining his scholarship with community involvement to address environmental challenges to children’s well being.