ADHD and Autism: What we Know Now that We Didn’t Know a Decade Ago – 2022

with Tom E. Brown, Ph.D. & Loucresie Rupert, M.D.


When Lucresie Rupert MD started practicing as a psychiatrist, diagnosing someone with both ADHD & Autism was standard protocol. But when Thomas E. Brown PhD started his practice, providers had to choose between them. How have things changed since the DSM-V was released in 2013? And what’s most important to know about the similarities and differences of people with ADHD and Autism? Tune in for a little bit of history and a lot of insight into what providers must consider when diagnosing complex kids (and adults) on the autism and/or ADHD spectrums.

About Tom E. Brown, Ph.D. & Loucresie Rupert, M.D.

Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He specializes in assessment & treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents & adults with ADHD & related problems.

For over 30 years, Dr. Brown maintained an independent clinical practice in Hamden, CT.  He also served as Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders from its inception until 2017. After serving on the clinical faculty of the Yale Medical School for 20 years, Dr. Brown resigned to accept an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

In response to invitations, Dr. Brown has given lectures, workshops or grand rounds at hospitals, medical schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, public school systems, and at advocacy, business and professional groups throughout the United States. He has also presented workshops at international meetings of professionals in over 40 countries.

Dr. Brown’s research interests and publications include assessment and treatment of ADD/ADHD, especially in persons with high IQ; executive function and memory impairments in ADD; overlap of ADD and learning disorders, use of combined medications for ADD comorbidities, and problems of sleep and awakening in ADD.

For his research and teaching about ADHD Dr. Brown received an award of honor by the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association and a Distinguished Professional award from the HELP Group in Los Angeles.  He has been inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to research and professional education about ADHD in children and adults.  He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

He has published more than 30 scientific articles in professional journals and is author of the Brown Executive Function/Attention Rating Scales (formerly: The Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales) published by The Psychological Corporation/Pearson. 

He is the author of 6 books and the editor for ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults, a major text and reference work published by American Psychiatric Publishing. 


Loucresie Nichelle Rupert MD, is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who currently practices at Gundersen Health System. She specializes in neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, learning differences, etc.), children with trauma, children in foster care or who have been adopted, and adults with developmental disabilities. She received a BA in Foreign Language (Spanish) from the University of South Alabama. She completed medical school and Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of South Alabama. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

She currently aids in the fight towards racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious, areligious, disability and neurodiverse equality through her work as co-founder of Physician Women SOAR (Support, Organize, Advocate, Reclaim), an organization of physician women that raises money, awareness and educates for the aforementioned intersectional causes. She also serves her community through her participation in B.L.A.C.K. (Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge). She aims to help empower those with mental health diagnosis and neurodiversity through her company Insightful Consultant LLC via speaking engagements, education and training on a plethora of mental health and diversity-related topics. 

Dr. Rupert is neurodiverse herself and is an adoptive parent of 2 wonderful children. She enjoys traveling, exploring new places and spending quality time with her family. 

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