Clinical psychologist Kathleen Nadeau, an internationally recognized expert in the field of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and author of the best-selling ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, will discuss “ADHD Traits May Be Just What You Need to Succeed” on Thursday, October 24 at 5:30p.m. in the Villard Room of Main Building. This 12th Annual Steven Hirsch ’71 and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow Nadeau’s presentation.
Nadeau asserts that the traits associated with ADHD that some consider problematic can actually translate into the kind of creative thinking that leads to success in business and life. She states “Hyperactivity can translate into drive. Daydreaming can become creativity. ‘Oppositional’ teens can morph into adults with strong leadership traits. And students frustrated with ‘book learning’ can thrive in real life, on-the-job learning. The key to success with ADHD is in learning how to manage the challenges that accompany ADD, while finding the right environment to put your strengths to work.” She goes on to point out that “Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Air, David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue, Paul Orfale, founder of Kinko’s, Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold Medal swimmer, and political analyst James Carville all have ADHD.”
More about Kathleen Nadeau
Kathleen Nadeau is director of the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has practiced in the Washington, D.C., area for over thirty years, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is the author or co-author of a dozen books on topics related to ADHD, including the best-seller ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, as well as Survival Guide for College Students with ADHD or LD; Understanding Women with ADHD; and ADD in the Workplace.  Her latest book, Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool, focuses on emotional regulation, and is designed for children, their parents, and teachers.
Nadeau has served on the national professional advisory boards of both CHADD and ADDA, the two major advocacy organizations for individuals with ADHD.  She is the co-founder of the National Center for Gender Issues in ADHD, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public education and professional training about the needs of girls and women with ADHD. She has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, as well as on numerous radio programs, and is featured in the video “ADD from the Inside Out,” which was broadcast on PBS. She is a frequent lecturer both in the United States and abroad and provides professional training seminars on topics related to ADHD.
About the Steven Hirsch ’71 and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture
The Steven Hirsch ’71 and Susan Hirsch Fund for Students with Disabilities is committed to student learning and faculty teaching development that helps Vassar more effectively meet the needs of students with diverse learning needs, particularly the needs of students with learning disabilities. Past speakers in the Hirsch lecture series have included Sam Chaltain, Patricia Quinn, Ned Hallowell, Rick Lavoie, Robert Brooks, Jonathan Mooney, LeDerick Horne, Martha Manning, and Thom Hartmann, on such issues as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and clinical depression. The Hirsch fund also supports the Vassar chapter of Project Eye-to-Eye, a national organization that partners with local communities, schools, and universities to bring young adults with learning disabilities into the lives of children with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder to build self-esteem, empower learning, and nurture hope.
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