Craig Bruce Hackett Surman, MD, Co-chair

Dr. Surman is an Associate 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 and Adult ADHD 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 fifty 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. 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 a professor of pediatrics and neurology 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.

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L. Eugene Arnold, MD, MEd, Resident Expert

Dr. Arnold is professor emeritus of Psychiatry at Ohio State University, where he formerly was the director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and vice-chair of psychiatry. He is a co-investigator in the OSU Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology. He has 45 years of experience in child psychiatric research, including the multi-site NIMH Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (“the MTA”), for which he was executive secretary and chair of the steering committee. For his work on the MTA he received the NIH Director’s Award. A particular interest is alternative and complementary treatments for ADHD. His publications include 9 books, 70 chapters, and more than 300 articles.


Maria T. Acosta, MD

Dr. Acosta is a Board-Certified Pediatric Neurologist. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the ADHD Genetic Research Study at NHGRI/NIH. She has worked in the genetics of ADHD for more than 20 years, focusing on using very detailed phenotypes to identify genetic markers that confer susceptibility for ADHD in specific populations. In addition, as a Pediatric Neurologist and Behavioral Neurologist, she has worked for more than 25 years in clinical care and clinical research in developmental disabilities and behavioral problems, from neurotypical children to children with genetic conditions like Neurofibromatosis type 1 and rare diseases. Her extensive clinical research in Neurofibromatosis type 1 has been fundamental in describing the cognitive and behavioral phenotypes in this population. In terms of translational research, her main interest has been in the identification of biomarkers to measure cognitive or behavioral changes associated with pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions designed to treat cognitive deficits in a broad spectrum of genetic conditions. Dr. Acosta also works with the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at NIH/NHGRI.


John Brady, PhD

Dr. Brady is a professor emeritus  in the school counseling and school psychology masters and doctoral programs at Chapman University. Prior to teaching at the university he served for twenty seven years as a school psychologist, special education administrator and a counselor in private practice. Dr. Brady’s interests lie in the development of collaborative problem solving skills for school consultants and program evaluation of school based interventions and services.


Jeffrey S. Katz, PhD

Dr. Katz is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has many years of involvement with CHADD. Dr. Katz presently serves on the CHADD Board of Directors, is Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Board.  Dr. Katz specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with an emphasis on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder as well as other behavioral and learning issues. In addition, Dr. Katz frequently attends school meetings, bringing his knowledge of ADHD, learning disabilities, and school-based interventions, together with his knowledge of educational regulations, to ensure that students receive the support they need. Furthermore, Dr. Katz is an expert in evaluating individuals who are requesting accommodations on high-stakes testing, such as the GRE's, in medical school and for attorneys sitting for the Bar Exam.

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.


Joshua M. Langberg, PhD

Dr. Langberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). At VCU, Dr. Langberg directs the Promoting Adolescent School Success (PASS) research group and co-directs the VCU Center for ADHD Research, Service, and Education. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and completed pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Langberg started his career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), transitioned to VCU in 2011. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, developed the Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention, and published the HOPS treatment manual and a companion guide for parents (NASP publications). He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology and has served as the PI on several grant awards from NIMH and IES. His clinical and research interests focus on improving the academic and behavioral functioning of youth with ADHD and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in school settings.


Steve Lee, PhD

Dr. Lee is a child clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at UCLA. He is currently President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, as well as Secretary/Treasurer of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP). He’s on the editorial board of Journal of Abnormal Child PsychologyJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He has received funding from NIMH, NIAA, and the National Science Foundation. His work employs prospective longitudinal designs to characterize the etiology, development, and outcomes of children with ADHD. He is particularly interested in family factors, moderating and mediating influences, as well as alcohol/substance domains.


David J. Marks, PhD

Dr. Marks is a Clinical Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Director of Educational Outreach for the Neuropsychology and Learning Service at the NYU Child Study Center – Long Island Campus. His research activities have focused on the roles of neurocognitive and familial factors in the expression and course of ADHD as well as the development of therapeutic interventions for individuals with the disorder. Dr. Marks has authored or co-authored approximately 50 articles and book chapters and has served as a reviewer for scientific journals in the areas of child psychopathology and pediatric neuropsychology. A highly respected clinician, Dr. Marks also conducts and supervises comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, consults with teachers and school-based support teams, and assists with the identification and implementation of educational and therapeutic interventions.

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Roberto Olivardia, PhD

Dr. Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital.  He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, executive functioning issues, and issues that face students with learning differences. He also specializes in the treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and in the research and treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men. He has appeared in publications such as Time, GQ and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN and VH1. He has spoken on numerous radio shows, podcasts and webinars and presents at many talks and conferences around the country. He currently serves on the Professional Advisory Boards for CHADD, Attention Deficit Disorder Association and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. He sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude, is a featured consulting expert for Understood and a member of Decoding Dyslexia–Massachusetts and The American Association of Suicidology.

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Russell Schachar, MD

Dr. Schachar is a practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada where he holds the Toronto Dominion Bank Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and heads a cognitive neurosciences laboratory which focuses on psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence. The lab consists of graduate students, technicians and associate scientists with diverse expertise. Current projects are aimed at elucidating the genetic architecture of cognition and impulsivity in the general population, the genetics of ADHD and OCD, the neural basis of executive control and psychopathology through functional neuroimaging studies and investigations of the cognitive and behavioral consequences of traumatic brain injury and treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.


Margaret H. Sibley, PhD

Dr. Sibley is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2012. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Florida and Washington and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Sibley’s work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adolescents and young adults. She developed a parent-teen therapy for ADHD (Supporting Teens’ Autonomy Daily) that combines Motivational Interviewing and skills training for parents and teens. She has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific papers on ADHD and published a book with Guilford Press on treating executive functioning and motivation deficits in teens. She holds grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Institute of Education Sciences with past projects funded by the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation and the American Psychological Foundation. She has received awards for her work from Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Sibley serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Abnormal Child PsychologyJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent PsychologyJournal of Consulting and Clinical PsychologySchool Mental Health, and Assessment. She is also a member of the CHADD professional advisory board.


Mary Solanto, PhD

Dr. Solanto is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine (Long Island, NY). She completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University, and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo. She subsequently completed an NIMH post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining Hofstra, she was Director of the ADHD Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. In 2017-2018, Dr. Solanto was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in the Netherlands where she taught undergraduates and conducted research on the treatment of  ADHD in college students.  Dr. Solanto’s research on the cognitive and behavioral functioning of children with ADHD, the effects of psychostimulants, and the characteristics of the subtypes of ADHD has been supported by grants from NIMH, NICHD, and NINDS. She developed a novel cognitive-behavioral intervention to target problems of executive self-management in adults with ADHD, which was the focus of an NIMH-sponsored treatment efficacy study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (2010). The manual for therapists, titled Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction was published by Guilford Press (2011). The program was recognized as the Innovative Program of the Year by CHADD (2011). Dr. Solanto also edited a volume (with Amy Arnsten and Xavier Castellanos) titled: Stimulant Drugs and ADHD: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience (Oxford University Press, 2001). Dr. Solanto has published numerous scholarly papers concerning ADHD in children and adults. She is a frequent reviewer for professional journals, and has served on study section/grant review panels for NIMH. Currently, she is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Attention Disorders, and the ADHD Report (Guilford Press). Dr. Solanto serves on the professional advisory boards of CHADD, NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities), and APSARD (American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders).

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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 2020

Ann Abramowitz, PhD
Andrew Adesman, MD
Arthur D. Anastopoulos, PhD
L. Eugene Arnold, MD, MEd
Marc S. Atkins, PhD
Rahn Bailey, MD, FAPA
Jose Bauermeister, PhD
Thomas E. Brown, PhD
U. Diane Buckingham, MD
Regina Bussing, MD
Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, PhD
Matthew Cohen, JD
Judith A. Cook, PhD
Thomas Cummins, MD
Karl Dennis
Ricardo Eiraldi, PhD
Glen Elliott, PhD, MD
Steven W. Evans, PhD
Kate Flory, 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
Desiree Weems Murray, 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
J. Russell Ramsey, PhD
Nancy A. Ratey, EdM, ABDA, MCC
Adelaide Robb, MD
Andrew Rowland, PhD
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