Rethinking the Approach to Care for Children with ADHD

Dr. Elysa Marco, MD, Executive Director of Neurodevelopmental Medicine at Cortica Healthcare and Research Associate at the University of California San Francisco discusses her experience working with youth living with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental conditions during this time of extreme change and challenges that the pandemic has brought. She can share details about the need for including new approaches for treatment, including brain training with digital therapeutics to improve patients’ health and lives. 

Dr. Elysa Marco is a neurologist who specializes in cognitive and behavioral child neurology. She cares for children with types of neurologic concerns, however, she specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Marco participates in the care of children at the UCSF Medical Center Pediatric Neurology Clinic and the UCSF/Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute Autism and Neurodevelopment Center Clinic. Dr. Marco is the director of research for the UCSF Autism and Neurodevelopment Center. Her research centers on a thorough phenotypic evaluation combined with innovative functional imaging to better understand sensory and cognition. Her current research involves individuals with autism, sensory processing disorders, and agenesis of the corpus callosum. The over arching goal of Dr. Marco’s research is to use basic science findings to create beneficial treatments for children.

Dr. Marco received her BA in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and then obtained her MD at the University of California, San Francisco. She continued her residency training at UCSF in pediatrics, neurology, and child neurology. In addition, she completed a cognitive and behavioral fellowship with an emphasis on the genetics of cognitive impairment.

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