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ADHD & Learning Differences Program

Contact number | 202-729-3300

The ADHD & Learning Differences Program at Children’s National Hospital is a specialized program dedicated to providing high quality services for children, adolescents and families, engaging in innovative interdisciplinary research and training, and working with school partners and community-based organizations to improve care for youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning differences. 

We improve the lives of children, adolescents and families struggling with ADHD and learning challenges by:

  • Providing comprehensive, personalized assessment and treatment for ADHD, learning and behavior challenges
  • Advancing our knowledge and developing more effective assessment and treatment services for children, families and schools working with ADHD and learning differences
  • Sharing knowledge with students, families and professionals in education, mental health and primary care, as well as the community  

Choosing Children’s National for ADHD Care

Members of the ADHD team sitting in a garden
In the photo from left to right: Michelle Harlan, B.S. (Clinical Research Assistant), Amanda Steinberg, B.S. (ADHD Program Coordinator, Clinical Research Assistant), Melissa Dvorsky, Ph.D. (ADHD & Learning Differences Program Director), Annie Groner (Research Assistant), and Claire Huang (Student & Research Assistant).

The ADHD & Learning Differences team in collaboration with the HALP Clinic, provides a comprehensive range of programs and services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We provide evidence-based diagnostic evaluations and treatment services for children and adolescents who have – or are at risk for – developing ADHD, learning challenges and/or behavioral concerns. Families and schools can also access the latest advances in treatment for ADHD and learning differences by participating in one of the ongoing research programs.

In partnership with local schools, we are passionate about co-creating novel solutions to improve care and school experiences for students, educators and families working with ADHD and learning differences. We also often provide training, professional development and workshops to educators, school mental health providers and parents.

We collaborate with other programs at Children's National, including Psychology and Behavioral Health, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics and Neuropsychology.

Future-Focused Education for Providers Caring for Children with ADHD and Learning Differences

We are training the next generation of ADHD specialists at Children's National. Our fellowship program provides in-depth experience and education to ensure you become exceptional leaders and researchers within the field of pediatric ADHD and learning differences.

Contact Us

For questions about our intake process or to schedule an appointment, call 202-729-3300. If your child is a new patient, please fill out our intake packet before your visit.

If you are interested in participating in one of our research projects in the ADHD and Learning Differences Program, call 202-476-7086 or email us.

ADHD & Learning Differences Program Team

  • Melissa Dvorsky

    Melissa Dvorsky
    Director, ADHD & Learning Differences Program

  • Lisa Efron

    Lisa Efron
    Director, Training in Professional Psychology

  • Adelaide Robb

    Adelaide Robb
    Division Chief, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

  • Children's National Hospital

    Kristin Meyering
    Clinical Extern

  • Children's National Hospital

    Samantha Summer
    Clinical Extern

  • Children's National Hospital

    Amanda Steinberg
    Clinical Research Coordinator