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Creating Better Tomorrows
Discover the Magic of the CHADD Conference
by Anne Teeter Ellison, EdD, and Sharon K.
THE PROGRAM FOR CHADD’s 23RD ANNUAL
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADHD is packed with the most
up-to-date information presented by leading ADHD experts, including
Russell Barkley, Ned Hallowell, Tim Wilens, Xavier Castellanos, Joyce
Cooper-Kahn, Arthur Robin, Chris Dendy, and many more. Whatever role you
play regarding ADHD, the focus of the conference is to bring you
reliable, ready-to-use information.
Keynote addresses this year are phenomenal, starting with Timothy
Wilens, MD. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America and
Best of Boston for his work as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and
clinical researcher investigating the safety and efficacy of child and
adult psychopharmacology, risk factors associated with executive
function deficits and substance abuse, family influences on the
expression of ADHD, effects of complex psychiatric comorbidity on ADHD
treatment, and longitudinal outcomes of ADHD. Dr. Wilens will share his
extraordinary insight on controversies and trends in ADHD treatment.
On Friday morning, you will be informed as well as entertained by the
dynamic team of Patrick McKenna, Rick Green, and Umesh Jain, MD, the
creators of the award-winning PBS documentary, ADD and Loving
It. In their talk, “I Used to Suffer from ADHD, Now I Just
Have It,” you will learn about the fears and myths of ADHD, and
you will be inspired to take on and effectively manage your ADHD.
Finally, on Saturday, there will be a first at a CHADD conference.
Award-winning, world renowned ADHD experts Russell Barkley, PhD, and
Edward Hallowell, MD, will debate the nature and impact of ADHD. You are
in for a surprise, as each will present the other’s perspective:
Barkley will describe the gifts and assets of ADHD while Hallowell will
discuss the challenges of living with ADHD. We are on the edge of our
seats. How will this turn out? Come to find out whether ADHD is a "gift"
or a "curse."
James Swanson, PhD, has arranged two incredible research symposia.
Friday’s session features Claudia Buss, PhD, and Desiree Murray,
PhD, who will present their latest research on brain imaging across the
developmental spectrum and qualitative interviewing to determine
treatment outcomes from childhood to adulthood. This symposium provides
background for the next phase of the MTA study, and discusses the family
risk factors and other contextual mechanisms that are associated with
substance use and abuse in later life.
On Saturday, Michael Milham, MD, PhD, will explain the 1000 Connectomes
Project—an international neuroimaging data-sharing initiative.
Scientists have access to functional MRI (fMRI) scans on more than a
thousand brains from thirty-three sites across the world. Last, James
McCracken, MD, discusses his work exploring the relationship between
remediation of executive function deficits in combination with
behavioral and pharmacological treatments, and academic achievement.
These sessions provide our most exciting research developments
investigating the nature, development, and treatment of ADHD.
The conference doesn’t shy away from current hot topics with
presentations dealing with ADHD and the Internet, diet and food
sensitivities, and sleep and eating disorders. There is an update on
complementary and alternative treatments and a head-on analysis of the
controversial findings regarding the efficacy of medications in treating
ADHD. We invite you to attend the panel comprised of adults with ADHD as
they discuss their life experiences.
NO PREVIOUS CHADD CONFERENCE HAS DEVOTED
SO MUCH ATTENTION to the struggle of living with ADHD in
adulthood—with medication updates geared specifically for adults,
sessions on issues related to executive function and organization
deficits, and speakers on strategies for managing money. The important
issues associated with building and maintaining relationships are also
covered, including those associated with the workplace as well as
In addition to the research symposiums, physician CMEs will be
well-earned with presentations including “An Update on
Neuroscience Research on ADHD: Implications for Diagnosis &
Treatment,” “Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult ADHD in
Primary Care Settings: US and Canadian Perspective,” and
“The importance of Cognitive Rigidity and Parent-Child Interaction
when Diagnosing and Treating Complex Cases of ADHD with Anxiety,
Atypicality, and/or Externalizing Behavior Disorders.” As always,
there will be information on the newest psychopharmacological treatment
Educators will take away effective tools for addressing the challenges
of teaching students with ADHD. The education sessions will cover topics
such as positive behavioral interventions and supports, identifying and
supporting children with working memory problems, and an actual
prototype for in-house training. There will also be an eye-opening talk
on how stress impacts the brain of students with LD and ADHD and the
presentation of a blueprint for preparing students with ADHD to better
face their educational futures, including specific information on
As much as anyone, parents can look to this conference to provide a
roadmap to creating better tomorrows. Presentations that focus on
strategies and systems for success in the family, discussions on
parenting that include increasing motivation and information on
navigating the educational maze and the real skinny on video games and
their potential for good or harm. And who wouldn’t want to hear
“Helping Defiant Teens: Tips from the Trenches” presented by
Arthur Robin, one of the best-known authorities on negotiating the
challenges of parenting adolescents?
Psychologists and healthcare providers will not want to miss
presentations such as “Cyber Addictions and Exposure to Internet
Sex and Violence” and “A New Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment
to Enhance Executive Function in Adults.” Several presentations
focus on the all-important arena of helping children and adolescents
compensate for deficits in executive functioning and developing skills
in that area. Other topics such as teaching emotional self-regulation to
teens and complementary and alternative treatments for child and
adolescent ADHD will be part of a program that includes an update on
information pertaining to co-occurring conditions. Physicians and
psychologists alike will benefit from the discussion “Adult ADHD
Toolkit: Making Exam Room Decisions for the Diagnosis and Treatment of
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU, CONNECTING
YOU WITH THE WORLD'S BEST EXPERTS, and providing you
with the latest news about ADHD. There will be opportunities for you to
meet and talk with our speakers, to network with each other, and to
learn ways to have “better tomorrows” while living with
Anne Teeter Ellison, EdD, professor emeritus of psychology at the
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and former president of CHADD,
received CHADD’s Hall of Fame Award in 2010. A behavioral
consultant in private practice, Sharon Weiss, MEd, focuses on parent and
professional training. Ellison and Weiss serve as co-chairs for the
CHADD annual international conference.
This article appeared in the June 2011 issue of Attention
magazine. Copyright © 2011 by CHADD, Children and Adults with
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. All rights reserved. No
portion of this article may be reproduced without written permission of