Julie Schweitzer, Ph.D.

Julie Beth Schweitzer, Ph.D.


  • Director, UC Davis CTSC Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence (MARE) program
  • Director, UC Davis Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP)
  • Co-Director, UC Davis CTSC TL1 Program
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


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Clinical Interests

Dr. Schweitzer is a licensed psychologist offering evaluations for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and treatment for ADHD. She has expertise in ADHD across the life-span from childhood through adulthood. She sees patients at the MIND Institute Clinic.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Schweitzer's work is translational in nature where she uses cognitive neuroscience and behavior analytic principles to investigate attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and regulation in children and adults in typical development and in ADHD. She has a lengthy history of using neuroimaging techniques to explore brain-behavior-environmental relationships in ADHD, including the developmental trajectory of self-control in typically developing adolescents and young adults and in ADHD. In addition, she tests and develops tech-based interventions using virtual reality and computerized game play with the goal of improving attention, self-control and academic functioning in ADHD and related diagnoses (e.g., autism).  

Dr. Schweitzer is active in training translational scientists and supporting mentoring relationships through the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 1990

M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 1987

A.B., University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 1982

Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota Psychology Internship Consortium, Minneapolis MN 1990-1991


Clinical Psychology, Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University, Atlanta GA 1991-1993

Board Certifications

California Psychology License,

Professional Memberships

American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders

American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

Graduate Group in Clinical Research, Executive Committee, University of California, Davis

Graduate Group in Neurosciences, faculty member, UC Davis

Graduate Group in Psychology-Perception, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience, UC Davis

International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Society for Neurosciences

Honors and Awards

Selected Fellow, Association for Psychological Science �in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychological science�, 2018

Elected, Member International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2015

Founding Committee Member to Develop Mentoring Academy UC Davis School of Medicine Co-Center Mentoring Director, MIND Institute, 2010

Sigma Xi, Grant in Aid of Research (support for dissertation research), 1989

Predoctoral Traineeship Supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services to train psychologists to fill leadership positions in the field of developmental disabilities. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

Select Recent Publications

Calub C, Benyakorn S, Sun S, Iosif AM, Boyle L, Solomon L, Hessl D, Schweitzer JB. Working Memory Training in Youth with Autism, Fragile X and Intellectual Disabilities: A Pilot Study. Am J Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. (In press).

Elliott BL, D’Ardenne K, Mukherjee P, Schweitzer JB, McClure SM. Limbic and Executive Meso- and Nigro-striatal Tracts Predict Impulsivity Differences in ADHD. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 2021 May. doi:10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.05.002.

Groenman AP, Hornstra R, Hoekstra PJ, Steenhuis L, Aghebati A, Boyer BE, Buitelaar JK, Chronis-Tuscano A, Daley D, Dehkordian P, Dvorsky M, Franke N, DuPaul GJ, Gershy N, Harvey E, Hennig T, Herbert S, Langberg J, Mautone JA, Mikami AY, Pfiffner LJ, Power TJ, Reijneveld SA, Schramm SA, Schweitzer JB, Sibley MH, Sonuga-Barke E, Thompson C, Thompson M, Webster-Stratton C, Xie Y, Luman M, van der Oord S, van den Hoofdakker BJ. An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis: Behavioral Treatments for Children and Adolescents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 Apr 28:S0890-8567(21)00233-1. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2021.02.024. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33932495.

Mukherjee P, Hartanto T, Iosif AM, Dixon JF, Hinshaw SP, Pakyurek M, van den Bos W, Guyer AE, McClure SM, Schweitzer JB, Fassbender C. Neural basis of working memory in ADHD: Load versus complexity. Neuroimage Clin. 2021;30:102662. doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2021.102662. Epub 2021 Apr 3. PMID:34215140.

Faraone SV, Banaschewski T, Coghill D, Zheng Y, Biederman J, Bellgrove MA, Newcorn JH, Gignac M, Al Saud NM, Manor I, Rohde LA, Yang L, Cortese S, Almagor D, Stein MA, Albatti TH, Aljoudi HF, Alqahtani MMJ, Asherson P, Atwoli L, Bölte S, Buitelaar JK, Crunelle CL, Daley D, Dalsgaard S, Döpfner M, Espinet S, Fitzgerald M, Franke B, Gerlach M, Haavik J, Hartman CA, Hartung CM, Hinshaw SP, Hoekstra PJ, Hollis C, Kollins SH, Sandra Kooij JJ, Kuntsi J, Larsson H, Li T, Liu J, Merzon E, Mattingly G, Mattos P, McCarthy S, Mikami AY, Molina BSG, Nigg JT, Purper-Ouakil D, Omigbodun OO, Polanczyk GV, Pollak Y, Poulton AS, Rajkumar RP, Reding A, Reif A, Rubia K, Rucklidge J, Romanos M, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Schellekens A, Scheres A, Schoeman R, Schweitzer JB, Shah H, Solanto MV, Sonuga-Barke E, Soutullo C, Steinhausen HC, Swanson JM, Thapar A, Tripp G, van de Glind G, Brink WVD, Van der Oord S, Venter A, Vitiello B, Walitza S, Wang Y. The World Federation of ADHD International Consensus Statement: 208 Evidence-based conclusions about the disorder. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2021 Sep;128:789-818. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.01.022. Epub 2021 Feb 4. PMID:33549739. 

Kahle S, Mukherjee P, Dixon JF, Leibenluft E, Hinshaw SP, Schweitzer JB. Irritability Predicts Hyperactive/Impulsive Symptoms Across Adolescence for Females. Res Child Adolesc Psychopathol. 2021 Feb;49(2):185-196. doi:10.1007/s10802-020-00723-7. Epub 2020 Nov 27. PMID 33294965.

Scott H, Harvey DJ, Li Y, McLennan YA, Johnston CK, Shickman R, Piven J, Schweitzer JB, Hessl D. Cognitive Training Deep Dive: The Impact of Child, Training Behavior and Environmental Factors within a Controlled Trial of Cogmed for Fragile X Syndrome. Brain Sci. 2020 Sep 25;10(10):671. doi:10.3390/brainsci10100671. PMID:32992879.

Schweitzer JB, Rainwater JA, Ton H, Giacinto RE, Sauder CAM, Meyers FJ. Building a comprehensive mentoring academy for schools of health. J Clin Transl Sci. 2019 Aug 28;3(5):211-217. doi:10.1017/cts.2019.406. PMID:31660245.

Hessl D, Schweitzer JB, Nguyen DV, McLennan YA, Johnston C, Shickman R, Chen Y. Cognitive training for children and adolescents with fragile X syndrome: a randomized controlled trial of Cogmed. J Neurodev Disord. 2019 Apr 15;11(1):4. doi:10.1186/s11689-019-9264-2. PMID:30982467.

Benyakorn S, Calub CA, Riley SJ, Schneider A, Iosif AM, Solomon M, Hessl D, Schweitzer JB. Computerized Cognitive Training in Children With Autism and Intellectual Disabilities: Feasibility and Satisfaction Study. JMIR Ment Health. 2018 May 25;5(2):e40. doi:10.2196/mental.9564. PMID:29802090.