Laura Stevens has been interested in the relationships between diet, nutrition, health, and behavior for over forty years. In the middle 1990s, she received her master’s degree in Nutrition Science from the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has remained at Purdue and has worked with her mentor and other colleagues to investigate the relationship between diet and ADHD. Their first study measured the amounts of essential fatty acids in the blood of normal children and children with ADHD. They reported their findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and in Physiology and Behavior that a subpopulation of the children with ADHD had lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids. They went on to conduct other studies and published articles about essential fatty acid studies in the medical journals, Lipids and Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids. For her excellence in essential fatty acid research Laura Stevens received the Dale Alexander International Award for Excellence in Fatty Acid Research. More recently, Stevens and her colleagues at Purdue have been interested in the effects of artificial food dyes on behavior in children. They have published their research in Clinical Pediatrics and Nutrition Reviews about the amounts of dyes in various foods, candies, and beverages and their possible modes of action. As part of her job, Laura keeps up with other areas of nutrition and lifestyle and ADHD that have helped her make this book possible. Apart from her work at Purdue Laura has published six popular books about diet, behavior, and allergies each published by a major publisher—Doubleday, Macmillan, Random House, and Penguin Putnam. Her first book was How to Feed Your Hyperactive Child in 1977. She has dedicated her life to helping children and families with ADD or ADHD to find natural solutions for their children’s health and behavior problems. Laura lives with her amazing cat, Bentley, in Lafayette, Indiana. She enjoys tennis, gardening, reading, and spending time with her grown children.
Books by Laura Stevens
Solving the Puzzle of Your ADD/ADHD Child: Natural Solutions for Hard-to-Raise Children. Published in 2015 by Charles C. Thomas
12 Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child
Published in 2000 by Penguin Putnam
Solving the Puzzle of Your Hard-To-Raise Child
Published in 1987 by Random House
The Complete Book of Allergy Control
Published in 1986 by Macmillan
The New Way to Sugar-Free Cooking
Published in 1984 by Doubleday
How to Improve Your Child’s Behavior Through Diet
Published in 1981by Doubleday
How to Feed Your Hyperactive Child
Published in 1977 by Doubleday
Scientific Papers Co-Authored by Laura Stevens
Stevens et al. 1995 “Essential fatty acid metabolism in boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Vol.62 pp. 761-8.)
Stevens et al. 1996 “Omega-3 fatty acids in boys with behavior, learning and health problems.” Physiology & Behavior Vol. 59 pp. 915-920.
Burgess JR, Stevens L, et al. 2000 “Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Vol. 71 pp.327S-330S.
Stevens et al. 2003 “EFA supplementation in children with inattention, hyperactivity, and other disruptive behaviors.” Lipids Vol. 38 pp. 1007-1021.
Antalis CJ, Stevens LJ, et al. 2006 “Omega-3 fatty acid status in attention -deficit hyperactivity disorder.” Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids Vol. 75 pp. 299-308.
Stevens LJ, Burgess JR, Stochelski MA, Kuczek T. Amounts of Artificial Food Dyes and Added Sugars in Foods and Sweets Commonly Consumed by Children. Clinical Pediatrics. 2014.
Stevens LJ, Burgess JR, Stochelski MA, Kuczek T. Amounts of Artificial Food Colors in Commonly Consumed Beverages and Potential Behavioral Implications for Consumption in Children. Clin Pediatr (Phila). Sep 13 2013.
Stevens LJ, Burgess JR, Stochelski MA, Kuczek T. Amounts of Artificial Food Colors in Commonly Consumed Beverages and Potential Behavioral Implications for Consumption in Children: Revisited. Clin Pediatr (Phila). Oct;54(12):1228-1230.
Stevens LJ, Kuczek T, Arnold LE. Solving the puzzle of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Nutr Rev. Jul;69(7):383-384.