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Dr. Rachel V. Gow

Rachel Gow

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London

Research Interests:

Rachel V. Gow, PhD is a guest researcher and Lead Associate Investigator of the Neuroimaging, Omega‐3 and Reward in Adults with ADHD (NORAA) trial at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, US. This study was the first randomised, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled, clinical trial to test the effects of omega‐3 fats in the brain activity of adults with ADHD.

Prior to this role, Dr. Gow was awarded a PhD in Child Neuropsychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. During this time she worked in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and conducted clinical research in children/adolescents with and without ADHD, investigating blood measures of omega-3 fatty acids and assessments of brain function using EEG and Event Related Potentials.

Dr. Gow has a Master of Science in Psychological Research Methods (Distinction) from Birkbeck University of London. Her under-graduate Psychology degree, from the University of Kingston, London, was awarded First Class with Honors, and accredited also by the British Psychological Society.

Dr. Gow has 14 years of academic research and experience in psychological research in both child/adolescent and adult clinical populations. Her current research integrates multiple modalities including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, neuropsychological assessment, genetic sequencing and nutrition/biochemistry.

Dr Gow has published 22 peer-reviewed book chapters and scientific papers, and is currently writing a book on Nutritional Neuroscience. She has extensive knowledge in neurodiverse learning and behavioural differences and the effects of dopamine enhancing brain‐selective nutrients. Dr. Gow has provided practical, emotional and educational support to families and children with neurodiversities across London. She has been an active member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) since 2008 and was awarded one of their New Investigator’s Awards in 2012.

Dr. Rachel V. Gow can be contacted at:

twitter: #drrachelvgow

Recent Publications:

Sumich A, Matsudaira T, Gow RV, Ibrahimovic A, Ghebremeskel K, Crawford M, Taylor E. (2009) Resting state electroencephalographic correlates with red cell long-chain fatty acids, memory performance and age in adolescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Neuropharmacology. 2009 Jul 22.

Gow RV, Matsudaira T, Taylor E, Rubia K, Crawford M, Ghebremeskel K, Ibrahimovic A, Vallée-Tourangeau F, Williams LM, Sumich A (2009) Total red blood cell concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with emotion-elicited neural activity in adolescent boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 80(2-3):151-6.

Most recent book:

Smart Foods for ADHD and Brain Health