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Professor Samuele Cortese

 M.D., Ph.D.
NIHR Research Professor

Research interests

  • Professor Cortese’s main research interests are around neurodevelopmental disorders, with a focus on ADHD, and sleep disorders. In his research, he uses advanced evidence synthesis methods, large datasets and RCTs to inform decision-making in clinical practice.

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Samuele Cortese, MD, PhD is currently Full Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Solent NHS Trust. He is also Adjunct Full Professor with the New York University (NYU).

His research focuses on neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular ADHD.

He is the Chair of the European ADHD Guidelines Group.

As of March 2023, he has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers

In 2022, Prof. Cortese was included in the list of the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, ranking in the top 1% by citations in the field of psychiatry/psychology in 2021 in Web of Science

In 2022, he ranked  #1 worldwide in terms of expertise on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) according to Expertscape.


Summary of active grants

Agency, title


Total Direct Costs



Digital Sleep Support for Children with Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (The DISCA study)



Joint Lead

European Research Agency- HORIZON, Epigenetic-genetic-mental health cascade based personalised prevention of noncommunicable disease in adolescents diagnosed with autism (ETHEREAL)





Comparing pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): systematic review and network meta-analysis






Effects of external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation in ADHD and mechanisms of action





ARC Wessex


 £ 749,843



Stimulant Medication for ADHD and Tics – Understanding Response versus Non-stimulants (SATURN study): a randomised trial of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of methylphenidate versus guanfacine for ADHD in children and young people with a co-existing tic disorder


£ 1,628,868.50




On-Line Parent Training for the Initial Management of ADHD referral (OPTIMA)- RP-PG-0618-20003





Faculty of environmental and life sciences, University of Southampton, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Fund




 Southampton Enterprise Development Fund


£ 10,000



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