CAMHS around the Campfire journal club – ADHD deficit in school performance across sex and parental education (recording)

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For this session we are pleased to welcome Hans Fredrik Sunde, from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, to discuss his JCPP Advances paper ‘The ADHD deficit in school performance across sex and parental education: A prospective sibling-comparison register study of 344,152 Norwegian adolescents‘. Open Access paper available

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Authors: Hans Fredrik Sunde, Thomas H. Kleppestø, Kristin Gustavson, Magnus Nordmo, Bjørn-Atle Reme, Fartein Ask Torvik
First published: 12 February 2022

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Slides from the session

About the paper

ADHD is associated with impaired school performance, but the impact of ADHD may vary across sex, family background, and school subjects. By using prospective population-wide register data, we describe impairment in academic performance related to ADHD across different school subjects and investigate how this impairment differ across sex and parental education.

About the session

A panel, comprising paper author Hans Fredrik Sunde, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Dr. Max Davie consultant community paediatrician, working in Lambeth as part of Evelina London Community services, and lived experience perspective from Anita Salimi, will discuss the research and its implications with information scientist Douglas Badenoch. This discussion was be facilitated by Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf), and Elisavet Palaiolgou, KCL, co-ordinated the questions.


To get the most from the session we suggest

Mental Elf blog

Open Access paper at

ADHD Topic Guide

Podcast – Getting the Right Support – Episode 1 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’

ADHD Research Digests

About #CAMHScampfire

ACAMH’s vision is to be ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, to this end in December 2020 we launched ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’, a free virtual journal club, run in conjunction with André Tomlin. We use #CAMHScampfire on Twitter to amplify the discussion.

Each 1-hour meeting features a new piece of research, which we discuss in an informal journal club session. The focus is on critical appraisal of the research and implications for practice. Primarily targeted at CAMHS practitioners, and researchers, ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’ will be publicly accessible, free to attend, and relevant to a wider audience.

Previous sessions are listed in our Talks & Lectures section.

About the panel

Hans Fredrik Sunde
Hans Fredrik Sunde

I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Fertility and Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, where I work on the REMENTA project. I investigate the close link between mental health and social differences, which could be key for understanding how social differences are transmitted through generations. More specifically, I investigate if and to what extent parental and child mental health give rise to social differences (and vice versa) above shared genetic risk factors. My interests include behavior genetics, evolutionary biology, statistics, and methodological issues related to the so-called replication crisis. I have a master’s degree in psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which specialized on learning; brain, behavior and environment. Afterwards, I stayed there as a research assistant working with data analysis and miscellaneous teaching duties before beginning in my current job. Follow me on Twitter: @hfsunde

Dr. Max Davie
Dr. Max Davie

Dr. Max Davie is a consultant community paediatrician, working in Lambeth as part of Evelina London Community services. He has a special clinical interest in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions in school-age children. He is Officer for Health Improvement at the RCPCH, and trustee and founder of the charity ADHD UK.

Anita Salimi
Anita Salimi

Hi my name is Anita, I’m 22 years old. I’m a biomedical science undergrad student at the University of Warwick and I was diagnosed with ADHD over a year ago. I have also had a lot of experience with CAMHS as I was under their care between the ages of 13-18 years old.

Andre Tomlin

Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He’s worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service. The Mental Elf is a blogging platform that presents expert summaries of the latest reliable research and disseminates this evidence across social media. They have published thousands of blogs over the last 10 years, written by experts and discussed by patients, practitioners and researchers. This innovative digital platform helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!
Follow on Twitter @Mental_Elf

Douglas Badenoch
Douglas Badenoch

I am an Information Scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. Since 1995 I’ve been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC), initially at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford.  In 2002 I co-founded Minervation Ltd to help organisations develop digital applications, educational resources and skills in EBHC.  In that time I’ve worked with a wide variety of clients, large and small, across the public, private and third sectors.  In 2011, I co-founded the National Elf Service to provide accessible, usable and reliable summaries of important new evidence, and am a regular contributor to The Mental Elf.  I am on the Editorial Board of the BMJ Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, and am an Editor of the James Lind Library.

Elisavet Palaiologou
Elisavet Palaiologou

Elisavet is a PhD student at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, King’s College London (KCL). She undertook her BSc in Psychology at the University of Surrey, after which she joined SGDP Centre to complete her MSc in Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology. For her PhD, she is interested in investigating the role of genetic and environmental factors in the developmental heterogeneity of depression and anxiety. To do so, she is using a range of methods including growth curve and predictive modelling, the twin design, as well as longitudinal analyses. Elisavet is part of the Emotional, Development Intervention and Treatment (EDIT) Lab and the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) team, and an active member of the SGDP Centre Anti-Racism Group.

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