Sit Still and Pay Attention: ADHD and Gender

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

In 2009, 2.9 million Canadians received prescriptions to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The vast majority of these prescriptions went to young boys. This alarming fact has led some experts to question whether we are treating active
boyhood behaviour rather than a disorder. Parents, doctors and educators alike have begun to ask if we need better ways to identify and support kids with ADHD.

How can we learn to separate healthy, rambunctious activity from true cases of ADHD? What roles should parents, the school system and physicians play in this process? How can we ensure that we are not overlooking ADHD in girls, who often experience less obvious symptoms? What does ADHD look like at age 7, 14, or 21? Bring your thoughts and questions for an in-depth discussion of this controversial issue.

This free event is hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health. Space is limited.

Be part of the discussion about ADHD at CIHR's Café Scientifique blog.


Dr. Charlotte Johnston
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia

Dr. Mario Liotti
Laboratory for Affective
Developmental Neuroscience
Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University

Ryan Santin
Child and Family Therapist
ADHD Parent Program
Vancouver Coastal Health

Kathy Sheppard
ADHD Parent Program
Vancouver Coastal Health


Dr. Joy Johnson
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health