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Professional Advisory Board

2012-2013 CHADD Professional Advisory Board

Ann Abramowitz, PhD, Chair
Dr. Abramowitz is a professor in the department of psychology at Emory University and supervises residents in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at the university's medical school. Abramowitz was a co-investigator on the National Institute of Mental Health's Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (MTA) and currently consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on ADHD as well as early identification of at-risk children. Earlier in her career, Abramowitz taught children with autism, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders and served as coordinator of special education for a school district.

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD, Co-chair
Dr. Maitland is the coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD and ADHD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She joined the staff at UNC in 1994 to work with college students. Since 1996, Dr. Maitland and her colleagues at UNC have studied the field of professional coaching and its application to college students with special learning needs. She became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach by the The Coaches Training Institute in 2003. Dr. Maitland has a private coaching practice, specializing in work with teens, adults and families with learning, attentional and emotional challenges. Dr. Maitland has written several children's books celebrating individual differences. She and Dr. Patricia Quinn have published two books on the subject of transition to college: Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD or LD for College  was awarded the 2011 National Parenting Publication Honors Award, and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD.  Both books were selected as Mom's Choice Gold Award winners for 2011.

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

L. Eugene Arnold, MD, MEd
A nationally recognized child psychiatrist with more than thirty years of academic and clinical experience, Dr. Arnold is professor emeritus of psychiatry at Ohio State University. Arnold has been involved in numerous studies involving ADHD and is the author of nine books and more than 120 articles in professional journals. He is also a researcher on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Multimodal Treatment Study.

Jose Bauermeister, PhD

Regina Bussing, MD,
Dr. Bussing is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida. Bussing’s major clinical interests include comprehensive treatment approaches to disruptive disorders of childhood, combining pharmacotherapy, parent training, clinical group therapies, and school interventions. Her research focus includes mental health services for children and adolescents with an emphasis on ADHD, and ADHD in the African-American community. Her studies have focused on access to care, barriers to care, quality of care, service use across sectors, and outcomes using epidemiological sampling frames. Bussing worked with CHADD and experts from across the country on a consensus statement on ADHD in the African-American community.

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. 

Jeffrey Halperin, PhD
Dr. Halperin is a professor in the psychology department at Queens College of the City of New York. He focuses in his research and course on Developmental Neuropsychology, ADHD and Developmental Psychopathology. He has been principal investigator of numerous studies about ADHD and learning disabilities, many funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has previously received the William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholar’s Award and the Queen’s College Presidential Research Award.

Scott Kollins, PhD
Dr. Kollins is Associate Professor and Director, Duke University ADHD Program Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine. FULL BIO COMING SOON

Ronald A. Kotkin, PhD
Dr. Kotkin is a clinical professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine. He is also director of UC-Irvine's Child Development Center day treatment program for children with ADHD. Kotkin previously served as professor of special education in charge of a graduate degree and credential program in special education. A licensed psychologist, he 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. He assisted Wood Canyon Elementary School in developing its exceptional schoolwide intervention plan, which was recognized with the Golden Bell award by California's department of education. Kotkin has published multiple articles and book chapters on school-based intervention, and recently coedited a book for practitioners, Therapist's Guide to Learning and Attention Disorders (with Aubrey Fine). He 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.

Nicholas Lofthouse, PhD
Dr. Lofthouse is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Ohio State University. FULL BIO COMING SOON

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.

Ann Schulte, PhD
Dr. Schulte is professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Prior to coming to North Carolina State in 1994, she was a clinician in the Attention Disorders Program at Duke University Medical Center and a clinical supervisor on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Multimodal Treatment of ADHD Study. Schulte’s research interests center on improving the quality of services and educational outcomes for children with learning disorders, ranging from school responses to children with reading difficulties to the inclusion of children with disabilities in high-stakes testing programs. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of School Psychology Review, Journal of School Psychology, Journal of Learning Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, and was associate editor of the School Psychology Quarterly.

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.

Craig Bruce Hackett Surman, MD
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
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.

Professional Advisory Board - Past Members

June 2001-July 2012

Andrew Adesman, MD
Arthur D. Anastopoulos, PhD
Marc S. Atkins, PhD
Rahn Bailey, MD, FAPA
Thomas E. Brown, PhD
U. Diane Buckingham, 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
Stephen B. Hinshaw, PhD
Charles Homer, MD, MPH
Peter Jensen, MD
Lynda Katz, PhD
Mark Katz, PhD
Harold Koplewicz, MD
Brooke Molina, PhD
Jack Naglieri, PhD
William Pelham, PhD
Bruce Pfeffer, MD, MPH
Linda Pfiffner, PhD
Jefferson Prince, MD
Thomas Power, PhD
Patricia Quinn, MD
David Rabiner, PhD
Nancy A. Ratey, EdM, ABDA, MCC
Adelaide Robb, MD
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