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Professional Advisory Board

2015-2016 CHADD Professional Advisory Board

Craig Bruce Hackett Surman, MD , Co-chair
Dr. Surman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He is the Scientific Coordinator of the Adult ADHD Research Program of the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research strives to improve the assessment and treatment of self-regulatory disorders, including ADHD, in adulthood.  He completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston, as well as a fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston.  His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented internationally.  Dr. Surman has directed or facilitated over forty studies related to ADHD in adults. He is co-author of “FASTMINDS: How To Thrive If You Have ADHD (or think you might)” and editor of “ADHD in adults: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Management.”

Max Wiznitzer, MD , Co-chair
Dr. Max Wiznitzer is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics and developmental disorders at Cinicnnati Childrens Hospital and in pediatric neurology at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. He then did a National Instutues of Health funded fellowship in disorders of higher cortical functioning in children at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. Since 1986, he has been a pediatric neurologist at Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital in Cleveland, OH. He is an associate professor of pediatrics, neurology and international health at Case Western Reserve University. He has a longstanding interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities, especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, and has been involved in local, state and national committees and initiatives, including autism treatment research, Ohio autism service guidelines, autism screening, and early identification of developmental disabilities. He is on the editorial board of Lancet Neurology and Journal of Child Neurology and lectures nationally and internationally about various neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Maria T. Acosta, MD
Dr. Acosta is Associatee Professor Department of Neurology and Pediatrics, George Washington University; and Clinical Director Neurofibromatosis Institute, Department of Neurology, Children's National Medical Center. FULL BIO COMING SOON

Jose Bauermeister, PhD
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Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, PhD
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Glen Elliott, PhD, MD
Dr. Elliott is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a longstanding interest in improving the diagnosis and treatment of severe psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.  He was Director of The Children’s Center at Langley Porter at UCSF from 1989 to 2006, retiring as an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry.  Since July 2006, he has been Children’s Health Council (CHC) serving as Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director.  He is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (Affiliated) in the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of Training for Stanford’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program. Dr. Elliott has worked with autistic individuals and their families since 1984.  Although his major focus has been related to medication use in these individuals, he also has extensive experience in diagnosing the disorder and is familiar with ways in which our views or autism have changed over the past nearly 30 years. As a clinician and as a researcher, Dr. Elliott strives to clarify the appropriate use of psychoactive medications in relieving the distress of children and adolescents with severe mental illnesses while minimizing risks to their immediate welfare and long-term development.  In 2006, he authored Medicating Young Minds, a book for parents facing that difficult decision.  He has worked extensively with patients with autism and their families since 1986. 

Kate Flory, PhD
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Jeffrey S. Katz, PhD
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Ronald A. Kotkin, PhD
Dr. Kotkin is a Professor Emeritus in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine. He is the past Director of UC-Irvine's Child Development Center day treatment program for children with ADHD. Kotkin previously served as a professor of special education in charge of a graduate degree and credential program in special education. He is a licensed psychologist and was formerly a special education teacher at the elementary school level. In addition, he is a consultant to school districts in developing school-based interventions for children with attention and behavioral problems. Kotkin has published multiple articles and book chapters on school-based intervention, and coedited a book for practitioners, Therapist's Guide to Learning and Attention Disorders (with Aubrey Fine). He has recently written a parenting book with Aubrey Fine, The Parent Child Dance: Strategies for Staying One Step Ahead. He also developed the Irvine Paraprofessional Program, which was recognized by the Kentucky Federal Resource Center as a "promising practice" for intervening with students with ADHD in the general education classroom. CHADD presented Kotkin, along with Jim Swanson and Steve Simpson, with an award for the development of the most innovative program serving children with ADHD in the general education classroom. He has been a presenter at many international and national conferences, and also contributed his expertise to a major NIMH study on long-term treatment effects on children with ADHD.

Steve S. Lee, PhD
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David J. Marks, PhD
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Andrew Rowland, PhD
Dr. Rowland is currently an Associate Professor in the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine. His research interests include occupational/environmental epidemiology, perinatal epidemiology and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Rowland has been studying the epidemiology and public health impact of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for the last 15 years; he recently completed a NIH funded ten-year, population-based, follow-up study of children who were identified with ADHD in elementary school. Dr. Rowland has a particular interest in stress and the developing brain, and in developing interventions to foster healthy development. Dr. Rowland teaches classes in epidemiologic data analysis, perinatal epidemiology and developmental epidemiology. He is a co-investigator on projects on neurologic disease among the American Indians, the joint effects of pesticide exposure and stress on child development in the children of Ecuadorean flower workers (Dr. Alexis Handal ,PI), and understanding barriers to breast feeding at UNM hospital (Dr. Emilie Sebesta, PI). Prior to coming to UNM, Dr. Rowland worked for over 10 years in the epidemiology branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina. He also spent many years teaching workers about occupational health and working with labor unions to improve health and safety conditions in their workplaces.

Russell Schachar, MD
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Mary Solanto, PhD
Dr. Solanto is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and director of the ADHD Center in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo. She subsequently completed an NIMH post-doctoral in the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Solanto’s research on the cognitive and behavioral functioning of children with ADHD, the effects of psychostimulants, and characteristics of the subtypes of ADHD has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Solanto has also worked extensively with adults with ADHD. She developed a novel cognitive-behavioral intervention which targets problems of time-management and organization in adults with ADHD and was the focus of a recently completed NIMH-sponsored treatment efficacy study. The manual for therapists was published by Guilford Press (2011), titled, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction.

Jeffrey Sprague, PhD
Dr. Sprague is a Professor of Special Education and Director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior. His research activities encompass applied behavior analysis, positive behavior supports, behavioral response to intervention, functional behavioral assessment, school safety, youth violence prevention, and juvenile delinquency prevention. Dr. Sprague began his career as a teacher of students with low incidence cognitive disabilities, and his early career research was focused primarily in this content area. In 2008 Dr. Sprague published a book on Response to Intervention and Behavior Supports. Dr. Sprague currently directs a research grant from the National Institute in Drug Abuse to evaluate the effects of Positive Behavior Supports in middle schools.




Professional Advisory Board - Past Members

June 2001-July 2015

Ann Abramowitz, PhD
Andrew Adesman, MD
Arthur D. Anastopoulos, PhD
L. Eugene Arnold, MD, MEd
Marc S. Atkins, PhD
Rahn Bailey, MD, FAPA
Thomas E. Brown, PhD
U. Diane Buckingham, MD
Regina Bussing, MD
Matthew Cohen, JD
Judith A. Cook, PhD
Thomas Cummins, MD
Karl Dennis
Ricardo Eiraldi, PhD
Steven W. Evans, PhD
Lawrence Greenhill, MD
M. Christopher Griffith, MD
Sam Goldstein, PhD
Jeffrey Halperin, PhD
Stephen B. Hinshaw, PhD
Charles Homer, MD, MPH
Peter Jensen, MD
Lynda Katz, PhD
Mark Katz, PhD
Scott Kollins, PhD
Harold Koplewicz, MD
Nicholas Lofthouse, PhD
Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD
Brooke Molina, PhD
Jack Naglieri, PhD
William Pelham, PhD
Bruce Pfeffer, MD, MPH
Linda Pfiffner, PhD
Frances A. Prevatt, PhD
Jefferson Prince, MD
Thomas Power, PhD
Patricia Quinn, MD
David Rabiner, PhD
Nancy A. Ratey, EdM, ABDA, MCC
Adelaide Robb, MD
Ann Schulte, PhD
Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, PhD
Carl Smith, PhD
Martin Stein, MD
Karen Taylor-Crawford, MD
Hill M. Walker, PhD
Sharon R. Weiss, MEd
Timothy Wilens, MD