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Dr Nicoletta Adamo

Job title Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Area of expertise

  • Autism
  • Associated neurodevelopmental disorders


Dr Nicoletta Adamo is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the specialist service for children with autism and complex neurodevelopmental disorders at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

She has an interest in neurodevelopmental conditions and how they interact with each other and with mental health difficulties. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

Dr Adamo specialises in cognitive behavioural research in children and young people with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has researched the effects of pharmacological interventions for ADHD.

Education and Training

  • MD, School of Medicine, University of Cagliari, Italy, 2005
  • Completion of Training in Child-Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cagliari, Italy, 2010
  • PhD in Developmental Psychopathology and Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and
  • Neuroscience, King’s College London, 2018


VAINIERI I., ADAMO N., MICHELINI G., KITSUNE V., ASHERSON P., RIJSDIJK F., KUNTSI J. Attention Regulation in Women With ADHD and Women With Bipolar Disorder: An ex-Gaussian Approach. Psychiatry Res; 2020; 285:112729; doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2019.112729.

ADAMO N., MICHELINI G., CHEUNG C.H.M., BUITELAAR J.K., ASHERSON P., RIJSDIJK F., KUNTSI J. Does co-occurring anxiety modulate ADHD-related cognitive and neurophysiological impairments? Journal of Attention Disorder; 2019; (ahead of print); doi: 10.1177/1087054719879499.

CORTESE S., ADAMO N., DEL GIOVANE C., MOHR-JENSEN C., HAYES A.J., CARUCCI S., ATKINSON L.Z., TESSARI L., BANASCHEWSKI T., COGHILL D., HOLLIS C., SIMONOFF E., ZUDDAS A., BARBUI C., PURGATO M., STEINHAUSEN H.C., SHOKRANEH F., XIA J., CIPRIANI A. Comparative Efficacy and Tolerability of Medications for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents and Adults: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Lancet Psychiatry; 2018; 5(9):727-738; doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30269-4.

NAMIAS J., ADAMO N., DI MARTINO A., CASTELLANOS F.X. Is Increased Response Time Variability Related to Deficient Emotional Self-Regulation in Children with ADHD? Journal of Attention Disorder; 2018; doi: 10.1177/1087054718788950.

ADAMO N., HODSOLL J., ASHERSON P., BUITELAAR J.K., KUNTSI J. Ex-Gaussian, frequency and reward analyses reveal specificity of reaction time fluctuations to ADHD and not autism traits. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; 2019; 47(3):557-567; doi: 10.1007/s10802-018-0457-z.

CORTESE S, ADAMO N, MOHR-JENSEN C, HAYES AJ, BHATTI S, CARUCCI S, DEL GIOVANE C, ATKINSON LZ, BANASCHEWSKI T, SIMONOFF E, ZUDDAS A, BARBUI C, PURGATO M, STEINHAUSEN HC, SHOKRANEH F, XIA J, CIPRIANI A, COGHILL D; European ADHD Guidelines Group (EAGG). Comparative efficacy and tolerability of pharmacological interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children, adolescents and adults: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open; 2017; 7(1):e013967. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013967.

DE CRESCENZO F, CORTESE S, ADAMO N, JANIRI L. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of adults with ADHD: a meta-review. Evidence Based Mental Health; 2017; 20(1):4-11. doi: 10.1136/eb-2016-102415.

BAUMEISTER S, WOLF I, HOLZ N, BOECKER-SCHLIER R, ADAMO N, HOLTMANN M, RUF M, BANASCHEWSKI T, HOHMANN S, BRANDEIS D. Neurofeedback training effects on inhibitory brain activation in ADHD: A matter of learning? Neuroscience; 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.09.025; [Epub ahead of print].

ADAMO N., SETH S., COGHILL D. Pharmacological treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: assessing outcomes. Expert Reviews in Clinical Pharmacology; 2015;8(4):383-97.

*HOHMANN S., *ADAMO N., BANASCHEWSKI T., LAHEY B., FARAONE S.V. Epidemiological and molecular genetics in child psychiatry: risks and advantages. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 2015; 24(6):619-34). *both authors contributed equally to this work

ADAMO N., BAUMEISTER S., HOHMANN S., WOLF I., HOLZ N., BOECKER R., LAUCHT M., BANASCHEWSKI T., BRANDEIS D. Frequency-specific coupling between trial-to-trial fluctuations of neural responses and response-time variability. Journal of Neural Transmission; 2015;122(8):1197-202.

ADAMO N, HUO L, ADELSBERG S, PETKOVA E, CASTELLANOS FX, DI MARTINO A. Response time intra-subject variability: commonalities between children with autism spectrum disorders and children with ADHD. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 2014; 23(2):69-79.

ADAMO N., DI MARTINO A., ESU L., PETKOVA E., JOHNSON K., KELLY S., CASTELLANOS F.X., ZUDDAS A. Increased RT variability across different cognitive tasks in children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders; 2012; 18(5):434-446.

COGHILL D., ADAMO N. “Drug treatment in childhood and adolescence” in Seminars in Clinical Psychopharmacology edited by Professor Peter Haddad and Professor David Nutt. In press Publisher: Cambridge and the Royal College of Psychiatrists of 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB, UK.

COGHILL D., TOPLAK M., RHODES S., ADAMO N. Cognitive Functioning in ADHD: Inhibition, memory, temporal discounting, decision making, timing and reaction time variability. Oxford Textbook of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In Oxford Textbooks in Psychiatry; 2017; Chapter 10. Oxford University Press of Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK.

ZUDDAS A., ADAMO N., PEDDIS C., CONGIA G., USALA T. Medical treatments for mental retardation: the neurobiological bases for new therapeutic approaches. In: D. Riva, (ed.) Mental Retardation, John Libbey, 2007).

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