Rachel V. Gow, Ph.D is a Child Neuropsychologist and Neurodevelopmental specialist with expertise in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and associative learning and behaviour differences. In addition, she is a Registered Nutritionist (under the category of Science). Rachel holds a Visiting Lecturer position at the University of Surrey and an honourary role at The Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Between 2012-2016, she was the 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, U.S. This study was the first randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled, clinical trial globally to test the effects of omega‐3 fats in the brain activity of adults with ADHD using nuroimaging techniques. In 2012, Rachel was awarded a Ph.D in Child Neuropsychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Her PhD was conducted in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and involved a clinical research project investigating blood measures of omega-3 fatty acids and assessments of brain function using EEG and Event Related Potentials in children/adolescents with and without ADHD. She has a Master of Science in Psychological Research Methods (Distinction) from Birkbeck University of London. Her undergraduate Psychology degree was awarded First Class with Honors from the University of Kingston, London, accredited also by the British Psychological Society.
Collectively, Dr. Rachel V. Gow has approximately 18 years of research and experience in psychological research in child/adolescent and adult clinical populations. Her research – some of it can be viewed on ResearchGate here – 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, Her first book on Nutritional Neuroscience will be published in 2020. She has extensive knowledge in neurodiverse learning and behavioural differences and the effects of dopamine enhancing brain‐selective nutrients. 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. She is also on the scientific advisory panel of the UK’s Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research. Rachel is also the founder of the not-for-profit Nutritious Minds Trust. Its aim is to advocate for all types of learning and behaviour differences and empower young people to reach their highest potential through psychological, educational, nutritional support and community projects focused on the Creative Arts and Music. Nutritious Minds organises events and workshops on Nutrition, Fitness and Mental-Health and provides a motivational platform for individuals to talk about their collective experiences living with diagnostic labels as well as sharing inspiration and the tools which enabled them to overcome tumultuous obstacles in their lives.