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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Executive Functioning
  • Interventions
  • School Mental Health
  • Digital Health
  • Resilience
  • Promotive and Protective Factors
  • Adolescence
  • Development

Education & Training

  • Fellowship, Clinical Services Research, University of California, San Francisco, CA (2018-2020)
  • Internship, Child Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH (2017-2018)
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2021-2018)
  • B.A., Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, OH (2006-2010)

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Biography

Melissa Dvorsky, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in attention, learning, behavior and ADHD in children, adolescents and emerging adults and their families. She conducts research in the Children's National Center for Translational Research and the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Health. She directs the ADHD and Learning Differences Program. Dr. Dvorsky is also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  

Dr. Dvorsky’s clinical work and research are focused on helping children, adolescents and emerging adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families be resilient and successful. Her research programs focus on improving access to, and effectiveness of mental health treatments for youth with attention, behavior, organizational, executive functioning, and/or academic difficulties in schools and communities. Her current research projects leverage technology to optimize, personalize and disseminate treatment programs for youth and families with ADHD, learning and behavior challenges. She has multiple publications in the area of ADHD, school interventions, promoting resilience and executive functioning. 

Dr. Dvorsky regularly engages with school and community partners through educational programming and training, advocacy and research. Further, she serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (formerly Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology), and the School Mental Health journals and is active in the training and mentoring of students, interns and fellows.

Research & Publications