Adele Diamond

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Adele Diamond, Ph.D., neuroscientist, psychologist and educational innovator, is one of the world's leading researchers in developmental science. Dr. Diamond studies how executive functions can be modified by the environment, modulated by genetics and neurochemistry, become derailed in certain disorders, and can be improved by effective programs and interventions. 

Her work has helped change medical practice for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the inattentive type of ADHD.

Dr. Diamond is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. She received her BA from Swarthmore College Phi Beta Kappa (in Sociology-Anthropology and Psychology), her PhD from Harvard (in Developmental Psychology), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale with Patricia Goldman-Rakic (in Neuroanatomy).

She received a YWCA Woman of Distinction this year and in 2001 was named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century.” Her work has been featured on the Public Television series, Scientific Am. Frontiers Series with Alan Alda, and in shows on the CBC, CTV and NPR, and in articles in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Vancouver Sun. She was named a Distinguished Scientific Lecturer by the American Psychological Association and has received a Canada Fund for Innovation Award.  Her research has been continuously funded by NIH and NSF since she was a graduate student.

She created and organizes the immensely popular international biennial conference on “Brain Development and Learning Conference: Making Sense of the Science” in Vancouver, which presents exciting scientific findings in neuroscience and child development in ways that people working on the frontlines -- parents, teachers, doctors, social workers, and others -- can understand, see the immediate relevance of and USE.