Dr. Thomas Brown – Model for Understanding ADHD

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Dr. Thomas Brown is most known for directing the Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders.

Today he’ll be sharing the exact same research he has shared with hundreds of thousands of families to help them understand ADHD better and improve how they go about treatment.

One thing about Dr. Brown that really impressed me is has been inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to research and professional education about ADHD in children and adults.

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The transition from middle school to high school is exciting, but also challenging for adolescents. For students with ADHD that transition is especially challenging because they are expected to take increasingly more responsibility for organizing and prioritizing their own work.

In fact, some students who have been quite successful in elementary and middle school, possibly honor students, are recognized to have ADHD only when they encounter the increased self-management challenges of high school.

Many people, including parents, teachers, and pediatricians, have an outdated understanding of ADHD. They think of it as simply a problem of kids who are hyperactive and not listening to what they are told, kids with behavior problems.

That outdated idea has been replaced by a new understanding of ADHD as an inherited delay in the development of the brain’s self-management system, its “executive functions.”

Thomas E. Brown earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Yale University and then served on the clinical faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine for 21 years while operating a clinic in CT for children and adults with ADHD and related problems.

Dr. Brown has taught continuing medical education courses on ADHD for the American Psychiatric Association for 20 years in more than 40 other countries.

He served for several years as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Dr. Brown has published 30 articles in professional journals and 6 books on ADHD, some translated into multiple languages. His most recent books are Smart, but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD; and Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD
in Children and Adults-A Practical Guide. His website is www.BrownADHDClinic.com.

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