Specialisms: ADHD, Nutritional Neuroscience, Nutrition, Brain Health, Eating Smart for Brain Health, Maternal Health, Metabolic Health, The Impact of Ultraprocessed Foods in Brain Health,
Rachel V. Gow, Ph.D is a Nutritional Neuroscientist, Neuropsychologist and Neurodevelopmental specialist with expertise in a range of mental health conditions and associative learning and behaviour differences. In addition, Dr. Gow is a Registered Nutritionist (under the category of Science).
Dr. Gow holds a Visiting Lecturer position at the University of Surrey, has held the position of Associate Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and has an honorary role at The Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Between 2012-2016, Dr. Gow 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 neuroimaging techniques.
In 2012, Dr. Gow was awarded a Ph.D in Child Neuropsychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Her Ph.D 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. Dr. Gow has a Master of Science in Psychological Research Methods (Distinction) from Birkbeck University of London. Dr. Gow’s under-graduate Psychology degree was awarded First Class with Honors from the University of Kingston, London, accredited also by the British Psychological Society.
Collectively, Dr. Gow has approximately 18 years of research and experience in psychological research in child/adolescent and adult clinical populations. Her 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. She has extensive knowledge in neurodiverse learning and behavioural differences and the effects of dopamine enhancing brain‐selective nutrients. Dr. Gow 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 Gow has worked with both television, radio and media and was named as a “Leading Lady” by Time & Leisure Magazine. Her newly published book - “Smart Foods for ADHD and Brain Health” - is available to order on Amazon (Jessica Kingsley Publishers part of the Hachette UK Group).
In October 2019, Dr. Gow launched Nutritious Minds Consulting; a novel, nutrition and brain-health clinic providing a unique and comprehensive avenue to psychological health by adopting a personalised, science-based, integrative approach with interventions for the whole family. Nutritious Minds Consulting is based in London, W1. Dr. Gow is also the founder of a non-for-profit organization called Nutritious Minds Trust. The aim of the trust 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 organizes community 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. Dr. Gow’s son, who has ADHD and Dyslexia, was the driving force behind all her endeavours in the neurodiverse arena.