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2003 Speakers


Dr. Patricia Quinn, MD

Dr. Patricia Quinn is a developmental pediatrician in the Washington, D.C. area and the Director of the National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD ( A graduate of the Georgetown University Medical School, she specializes in child development and psychopharmacology. Dr. Quinn has worked for over 30 years in the areas of ADHD and learning disabilities. She gives workshops nationwide and has appeared on Lifetime TV's New Attitudes and the PBS show, To the Contrary discussing the issue of girls and women with ADD. Dr. Quinn also appeared in the video aired on PBS titled, OUTSIDE IN: A Look at Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Dr. Quinn is the author of several other books on ADHD. These include the best-selling book, "Putting on the Brakes: A Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for children in the 8 to 12 year old group", the companion workbook, The "Putting on the Brakes" Activity Book for Young People with ADHD, and "The Best of Brakes" Activity Book. She is editor of "ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with ADD" and author of "Adolescence and ADD: Gaining the Advantage". Dr. Quinn is also co-editor of "ADDvance", an Online Magazine for Women with ADD".

Her books, "ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER: Diagnosis and Treatment from Infancy to Adulthood" and "Voices from Fatherhood: Fathers, Sons, and ADHD" have been well received. Her latest book, "Understanding Girls with ADHD", was coauthored with Drs. Nadeau and Littman and is groundbreaking in its presentation of this population. Dr. Quinn is one of the leading national specialists on women's issues and AD/HD. She has co-authored three award-winning books on the topic: "Understanding Girls with AD/HD", "Understanding Women with AD/HD", and "Gender Issues and AD/HD".

Birgit Amann, MD     Rochester Center for Behavoral Medicine,

Phone 248-608-8800,, 441 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills

Dr.  Amann is the Director of Child and Adolecent Services at RCBM.  She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Her focus is on the treatment of children and adolecents with psychiatric disorders.

Laurie Assadi, MA Eds                             Phone: 269-384-2270

Clinical Center For Learning & Development. 1803 Whites Road, Kalamazoo

Laurie Assadi ia a fully approved School Psychologist, Limited Licence Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director of the Clinical Center For Learning & Development, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, specializing in diagnosing and treating children and adults with Mood Disorders and AD/HD since 1987.

Dr. Terry Dickson, MD      Phone: 231-932-1250

Terry received his MD at Medical College of Ohio at Toledo in 1982. He is currently the director of The Behavioral Medicine Clinic of NW Michigan, which serves and supports children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. Dr. Dickson was engaged in the private practice of pediatrics for 15 years before starting an ADHD clinic. After attending a national conference on ADHD three years ago, he decided that his life work needed to be helping and serving individuals with ADHD. He is the father of two children, and having been diagnosed with ADHD several years ago as an adult, understands the challenges of fathering children from an ADHD standpoint.

Susan Benson

Program Director for Oakland County Wrap Around

Wrap-around is a metaphor for enveloping children experiencing mental health problems with whatever services they require in order to cushion them from complex, multi-dimensional stressors. The services are individualized, the construction of which are guided by the specific needs of children and their families. Wrap-around services not only seek to provide a comprehensive array of home and/or school based professional services, but work to maximize the strengths of families, their natural support systems, and their communities.

Wilma R. Fellman, M Ed LPC

Career and Life Planning Counselor. Presents workshops on Career Choices with ADD, and other challenges. Author of : "The Other Me: Poetic Thoughts on ADD for Adults, Kids and Parents" and "Finding A Career That Works For You". Contributing-author of "Understanding Women with AD/HD". Professional Advisory Board, CH.A.D.D. Eastern Oakland County. Co-Presenter in video (with Jennifer Bramer): "Success in College and Career with ADD". President-Elect of Michigan Career Development Association. Wilma is the founder and coordinator of MAAAN, Michigan Adolescent and Adult ADD Network, for Professionals.

Joyce Lane Ginsberg, M Ed     Phone: 248-851-9042

Special Education Consultant / Advocate. Consult and advocate for students from pre-school (PPI) through college to secure their certification through the federal and state laws. Recommend placement, attend school meetings and IEPs, write drafts of goals and objectives and accommodations, etc. On the National Board of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, active in CHADD.

Nanci Hester, MS

Nanci Hester has an educational and professional background in health education. She is a researcher and writer in the area of mental health and the family. Her work on how children with AD/HD impact their non-AD/HD siblings has appeared in CHADD's Attention magazine. Ms.Hester is a frequent speaker at national conferences.

Beverly Hull, Ph D

817 Tenth Avenue, Port Huron, MI 48060   (810) 985-3276

Beverly Hull is a licensed clinical psychologist on staff at the Huron Behavior and Learning Center in Port Huron, Michigan.  Dr. Hull specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with AD/HD and related learning and behavior problems.

Paul Jacobs, Ph D      Phone: 248-647-5320

BeaconHill Clinic, 31000 Lahser Road, Suite 1, Birmingham

Licensed Psychologist. Works with ADHD individuals; evaluates and works with those of all ages including adults. Helps families understand and process import of ADHD on families.


Terry Matlen, MSW ACSW

Phone: 248-988-1260

630 North Woodward #302, Birmingham

Terry Matlen is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in adult Attention Deficit Disorders. In addition to being a therapist and ADD coach, Terry serves as Vice President of ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorders Association) and is coordinator of the Eastern Oakland County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD) Chapter in Michigan.

She is the founder and moderator of the first Internet mailing list for ADD professionals. She is also an active member of the Michigan Adolescent and Adult ADD Network for Professionals (MAAAN).

Terry is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topic of AD/HD, having presented locally and nationally, and has a special interest in women with attention deficit disorder and parenting the AD/HD child when one or both parents also has AD/HD.

Fran Parker, Ph D     Phone: 248-932-2500

28800 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills

Fran Parker is a fully licensed psychologist in private practice in Farmington Hills. She works with AD/HD children, adolescents, andadults and runs an adult support group. She is the co-coordinator of CHADD of E. Oakland County. She is a parent advocate for CAUSE (Citizens alliance to uphold Sp ED), a member of MAAAN, and on the board of MACED ( MI Assoc of Children with Emotional Disorders). She has an AD/HD son who is a sophmore in college and an AD/HD spouse.

Eleanor D. Payson, MSW ACSW    Phone: 586-776-8077

20816 East Eleven Mile Road #201, St. Clair Shores

Eleanor Payson is a licensed marital and family therapist, practicing individual, marital, and family therapy for the past eighteen years. Eleanor has been involved in the treatment of ADD/ADHD individuals, with a specialization in helping couples when one or both partners have ADD or ADHD. Eleanor has discovered that a number of Imago therapy tools are uniquely helpful for AD/HD couples. A strong advocate for helping AD/HD couples recognize the benefits of Imago therapy, Eleanor assists couples in learning to adapt these tools to fit their individual needs as it relates to neurological and psychological strengths and weaknesses.

Arthur Robin, Ph D      Phone: 248-647-5320

3100 Lasher Road #1, Beverly Hills

Dr. Arthur Robin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University, and a licensed psychologist in practice in Beverly Hills, Michigan, where he specializes in adolescent and adult ADHD. In addition to many articles, grants, and chapters, he has written three books, ADHD in Adolescents: Diagnosis and Treatment (1998), Negotiating Parent-Adolescent Conflict: A Behavioral Family Systems Approach (1989), and Defiant Teens (1999, with R. Barkley and G. Edwards). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association and the leader of its Professional Advisory Board. In 2002 he was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of AD/HD.

Dr. Kyle Smith, DO    Phone 313-875-7601    
Neigborhood  Service Organization (NSO) - Life Choices
8600 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202

Dr. Smith is a Psychiatrist working with both children and adults.  Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO)  works in conjunction with existing agencies to identify the social, health and welfare needs of the community and to develop programs to meet these needs.

Debbie Stanley, MA      Phone: 586-746-1428

P.O. Box 132. Mt. Clemens, Michigan 48046

Debbie Stanley, owner of Red Letter Day Professional Organizers, specializes in helping chronically disorganized clients to gain control of their lives. She emphasizes that disorganization is just a problem to be solved, not a character flaw. If you're overwhelmed by the sheer bulk of clutter, overdue bills, or incomplete tasks hanging over your head, a Professional Organizer can help.

A professional organizer is a consultant who helps clients get their lives and businesses organized and operating at peak efficiency with minimal stress. Some professional organizers perform hands-on organizing, some serve as coaches, and some do both. Some prefer to work solely in residential, home office, or corporate settings, and some do it all.

Dr. Joel L. Young, MD   Phone:  248-608-8800

Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine, 441 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills

Dr. Young is a 1982 graduate of the College of Literature Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 1989 he graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He pursued his residency between 1989-1993 at the University of Michigan Hospitals where he became the Adult Service Chief Resident. Dr. Young is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychology and Neurology. Dr. Young is certified by the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition, he holds added qualifications in Geriatric, Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Young is the Medical Director and founder of Rochester Center for Behavior Management. He also serves on staff at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, and at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester where he served as the first medical director of Psychiatric Emergency Services. His primary interests involve the treatment of ADHD, Affective Disorders, and Mood Disorders throughout the life cycle.