the Father of ADHD

My first job out of undergrad was nothing less than life changing for sure.

I remember getting a flyer from one of my professors in my last semester about a position at the Duke ADHD program. It seemed like an interesting experience, and since I was considering graduate school, I thought it would be a good first job. Little did I know then that I would work there in various capacities from 1995-2004.

My first role was to provide the psychosocial interventions in the first longitudinal study of children with ADHD. Click here to learn more about this very important research.

I am a firm believer in things happening for a reason, and this first job was no exception. Not only did I get some pretty amazing training, but I also made some lifelong friends. Oh, and it was at this job that I first met my hubby! I can remember when he came to interview for the position. We were friends for a few years after that first meeting, but he ended up at UNC for medical school after his stint at the ADHD program, and in 1999 we started dating. And then one of my own kiddos ended up with a diagnosis of ADHD. Because of my training and professional experiences, I was the perfect parent to get school accommodations and teach self advocacy skills.

Y’all everything does happen for a reason.

So why go back down memory lane? The director of the ADHD Program, also known as the Father of ADHD, passed away this week. Keith Conners was an exceptionally smart and amazing researcher and clinician. I feel so fortunate to have worked with him. Click here to read more about him.

What an honor to have worked in Keith Conners’ clinic and be a part of the first long term study of treatments for ADHD. So grateful for his contributions in the world of ADHD.

Kristan

 

 

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