Dr Sally Poulton

Senior Lecturer Paediatrics
Paediatrics & Child Health, Nepean Clinical School

T: +61 2 4734 3363

Research interests

Alison (Sally) Poulton is interested in the way that stimulant medication (dexamphetamine, methylphenidate)affects the growth, body composition and rate of physical maturation when used to treat children with ADHD.


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Tripp, N., Hainey, K., Liu, A., Poulton, A., Peek, M., Kim, J., Nanan, R. (2014), An emerging model of maternity care: Smartphone, midwife, doctor?. Women and Birth. 27(1), 64-67. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A. (2014), Review: no evidence that stimulant medication for ADHD influences lifetime risk of substance use or dependence. Evidence-Based Mental Health. 17(1), 16. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2014), Drugs for the treatment of obesity. JAMA. , 1807. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2014), The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder phenotype as a summation of deficits in executive functioning and reward sensitivity: does this explain its relationship with oppositional defiant disorder?. Australasian Psychiatry. 22(2), 174-178. [Abstract]


  • Poulton, A., Melzer, E., Tait, P., Garnett, S., Cowell, C., Baur, L., Clarke, S. (2013), Growth and pubertal development of adolescent boys on stimulant medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Medical Journal of Australia. 198(1), 29-32. [Abstract]


  • Poulton, A., Briody, J., McCorquodale, T., Melzer, E., Herrmann, M., Baur, L., Duque, G. (2012), Weight loss on stimulant medication: how does it affect body composition and bone metabolism? -- A prospective longitudinal study. International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology. 2012(1), 30. [Abstract]
  • Suresh, A., Liu, A., Poulton, A., Quinton, A., Amer, Z., Mongelli, M., Martin, A., Benzie, R., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2012), Comparison of maternal abdominal subcutaneous fat thickness and body mass index as markers for pregnancy outcomes: A stratified cohort study. The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 52(5), 420-426. [Abstract]
  • Oakeshott, P., Hunt, G., Poulton, A., Reid, F. (2012), Open spina bifida: birth findings predict long-term outcome. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 97(5), 474-476. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Liu, A., Nanan, R. (2012), Budesonide in preschool-age children with recurrent wheezing. The New England Journal of Medicine. 366(6), 570. [Abstract]
  • Nanan, R., Poulton, A., Champion, B. (2012), Clinical pathways: a departure from the art of medicine. The Medical Journal of Australia. 196, 96. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A. (2012), Growth Monitoring on Psychotropic Medication. In: Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease. (pp.1737-1754).United States: Springer.


  • Eysbouts, Y., Poulton, A., Salmelainen, P. (2011), Stimulant medication in pre-school children in New South Wales. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 47(12), 870-4. [Abstract]
  • Delsing, C., Van Den Wittenboer, E., Liu, A., Peek, M., Quinton, A., Mongelli, M., Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2011), The relationship between maternal opiate use, amphetamine use and smoking on fetal growth. The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 51(5), 446-451. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A. (2011), Time to redefine the diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 47, 332-4. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Babajanyan, A., Nanan, R. (2011), Restricted elimination diet for ADHD. Lancet. , 1567-1568. [Abstract]


  • Poulton, A. (2010), Oral megadose methylphenidate ingestion for suicide attempt. Pediatrics International. , 852. [Abstract]
  • Maheshwari, R., Liu, A., Nair, A., Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2010), Smoking and brain development in preterm infants. Journal of Pediatrics. , 346-347. [Abstract]
  • Oakeshott, P., Hunt, G., Poulton, A., Reid, F. (2010), Expectation of life and unexpected death in open spina bifida: a 40-year complete, non-selective, longitudinal cohort study. Developmental medicine and child neurology. 52(8), 749-53. [Abstract]


  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2009), Age-related changes in motor subtle signs among girls and boys with ADHD. Neurology. , 1248. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2009), Stimulant medications and growth. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. , 574-576. [Abstract]


  • Nanan, R., Singh, G., Poulton, A. (2008), Reductions in incidence of invasive group B streptococcal disease in the United States. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. , 1649-1650. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Kwok, S., Nanan, R. (2008), Overweight in children and adolescents in relation to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. , 910. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2008), In the long run, skills are as good as pills for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Medical Journal of Australia. 189(5), 295-296. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2008), Prior Treatment with Stimulant Medication: A Much Neglected Confounder of Studies of Growth in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 18(4), 385-387. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2008), Effects of prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding on childhood behavior and maternal adjustment: evidence from a large randomized trial. Pediatrics. , 474. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A. (2008), To the editor: efficacy of oral iron for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children with low ferritin levels. Pediatric neurology. , 74. [Abstract]
  • Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2008), Measurement of growth in stimulant-naive children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder by using cross-sectional and longitudinal approaches. Pediatrics. , 221. [Abstract]
  • Nanan, R., Liu, A., Poulton, A. (2008), Nasal CPAP for very preterm infants. The New England Journal of Medicine. , 2520-2521; author reply 2521. [Abstract]
  • Nanan, R., Poulton, A. (2008), Routine measurement of head circumference as a tool for detecting intracranial expansion in infants. Pediatrics. , 1298. [Abstract]