Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Victor Manzon

Second Advisor

Susan Caulfield


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a learning disability that is very prevalent in today’s society. A closer look at this disability reveals that there are differences with males and females with regards to how the symptoms manifest. Females have a tendency to exhibit inattention whereas males are often hyperactive, which is much more obvious to others around them. This difference in symptoms has led to a drastic difference in terms of how ADHD is diagnosed and causes it to be underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed in females compared to males. The consequences that this delayed diagnosis may have on females can be severe. An interview with physicians in the specialties of family medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry reveal that this issue is prevalent in many clinics for a variety of different reasons. Anonymous surveys further reveal issues relating to the gender differences in ADHD as well.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access