Dana Chidekel, PhD

​A psychological corporation

Using a well-known, widely studied disorder as a test case, ADHD as a Model of Brain-Behavior Relationships offers an innovative framework for integrating neuroscience and behavioral research to refine the diagnostic process and advance the understanding of disorders. Identifying a profound disconnect between current neuropsychological testing and the way the brain actually works, this revision of the paradigm critiques the DSM and ICD in terms of the connectedness of brain structures regarding cognition and behavior. My co-authors and I argue for a large-scale brain network approach to pathology instead of the localizing that is so common historically, and for an alternate set of diagnostic criteria proposed by the NIMH. Included in the coverage:


  • The diagnosis of ADHD: history and context
  • ADHD and neuropsychological nomenclature
  • Research Domain Criteria: a dimensional approach to evaluating a disorder
  • The development of motor skills, executive function, and a relation to ADHD
  • The role of the cerebellum in cognition, emotion, motivation, and dysfunction
  • How large-scale brain networks interact



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Dr. Susan Ashley, an experienced child, family and forensic psychologist, answers common questions about these two prevalent disorders. The books are filled with important information parents and educators can use to guide understanding and interventions.


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Dr. Sarita Freeman has extensive experience working with individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by Autism spectrum disorders. She has written this critical resource for families and for mental health professionals, special educators, educational therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and high school and college counselors to help young people and their families prepare for the extraordinary transition to post-secondary education that many children on the spectrum have made, or will be making.



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Dr. David Swanson, a trusted child and family therapist, has written a book filled with information about the different ways kids misbehave and strategies about how to contend with each, plus he helps parents understand why kids employ these different strategies. The latter - the WHY kids do what they do - is a critical component for a good parenting book.


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Coauthored by my well-respected neuropsychologist colleagues, Dr. Leonard Koziol and Dr. Deborah Budding, this book is a must for anyone who is committed to keeping pace with our understanding of brain function as the field evolves.


Read my review here: Subcortical structures review.pdf

Read the review from Cerebellum here: Cerebellum Subcortical Structures and Cognition.pdf

Read the review from The Clinical Neuropsychologist here: The Clinical Neuropsychologist Subcortical Structures.pdf


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If you are not the leader in your household, the plain-English explanations of developmental psychology, the brain research, and the case examples in ​Parent in Charge will fascinate you and empower you to step unapologetically into the position of an authoritative parent. You will understand that the structured and consistent environment that good boundaries create give your children real freedom. The book highlights how parenting casts light on your childhood memories and experiences, and it explains the differences between the cultures of early childhood and adulthood. Vivid examples of the differences in how children and adults experience time, language, and consequences will lead you to chuckle in recognition and relief. The book also sweats the small stuff: writing thank you notes, calling adults by their first names, and the need to rethink birthday parties with bulging party bags.


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