About the Experts

About Dr. Edward Hallowell

Dr. Ned HallowellDr. Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School. He is the founder of the Hallowell Center for Emotional and Cognitive Health and was an instructor at the Harvard Medical School for over 20 years. He is recognized as one of the foremost experts on ADHD in the world and, with Dr. John Ratey (also of the Harvard Medical School), is the co-author of the groundbreaking best seller Driven to Distraction as well as Answers to Distraction and the most recent Delivered from Distraction. He has also authored fifteen other books on topics as diverse as parenting, the importance of forgiveness, anxiety, and connection.

He is co-author, with his wife, Sue Hallowell, LICSW of a book on how to keep intimacy in your marriage, Married to Distraction.

His book, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD explores how the pace of modern life impacts people's ability to succeed in life and provides insights into how they can re-balance their lives for greater satisfaction, efficiency and performance.  Another book, SuperParenting for ADHD, helps parents with children who have ADHD understand what their children need and how to provide it.

Dr. Hallowell has been a featured guest on television and radio, including The Today Show, 60 Minutes, The Doctor Phil Show and Oprah, as well as many more.  He is a regular contributor to ADDitude Magazine with his Your Life column.

On top of a very busy patient and working schedule, Dr. Hallowell treasures time with his three children and wife, Sue.

About Melissa Orlov

Melissa OrlovMelissa Orlov is a marriage consultant and one of the top experts in how ADHD affects relationships.  She has been writing and speaking about the topic since 2007, researching it since 2005.  She teaches couples, therapists, counselors and coaches about how ADHD impacts relationships, blogs for Psychology Today and wrote the Your Relationships column for ADDitude Magazine from 2008-2014  She also consults privately with couples who wish to improve their ADHD-impacted relationships and teaches a very popular couples seminar (by phone) about living well in an ADHD-impacted relationship.

She is the author of The ADHD Effect on Marriage, which was awarded "Best Psychological Book of 2010" by ForeWord Reviews.  It has been translated into Dutch, Chinese and Japanese.  Her latest book, The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD, with Nancie Kohlenberger won three book awards.

Melissa has been interviewed frequently on the topic of ADHD and marriage by organizations as diverse as the New York Times, CNN, and the American Psychological Association Monitor (more complete list here).

Melissa has real-life experience with the pain, confusion and exhaustion associated with tackling the issues surrounding ADHD in relationships.  In fact, it was her experiences changing her own marriage from miserable to marvelous - and the realization that there is very little good information available to help couples affected by ADHD thrive in their relationships - that was the inspiration for becoming engrossed in this topic.

Before changing careers in order to pursue her passion for helping couples live better with ADHD, Melissa was a marketing, communications and research professional.  A graduate of Harvard College cum laude, and Phillips Exeter Academy, her hobbies include road biking, singing and playing cello.  Ms. Orlov and her husband of 26+ years live outside Boston. 

About Jill Corvelli, MA, MS, LPC Reg Intern, CADC I, CGAC I, PhD Doctoral Candidate

Jill is an Acceptance & Commitment Therapist and Coach offering both counseling and coaching support for individuals with Adult ADHD and partners in ADHD-impacted relationships.  In Portland, OR she offers quarterly Journeys that is a 6-week group aimed at acceptance, education, relationships, symptom-tool linkage, and more in support of ADHD.  She also offers 8 week couples 'Expeditions' bringing new ways of responding and relating to each other and to symptoms when ADHD is present.  Nationally, Jill offers 10-week peer coaching groups for both those navigating adult ADHD and their partners.  Groups provide exposure to new ideas and tools as well as peer support for goal setting and execution.  For information about Jill's groups, go to this link.


About Nancie Kohlenberger, LMFT

Nancie Kohlenberger is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Southern California, and a Marriage Consultant on a national and international basis.  She has been on faculty at the University of Santa Monica where she taught Master’s level courses in various areas of psychology, including the Marriage and Family course.  Nancie co-hosts the ADHD Effect couples tele-support groups with Melissa Orlov, and has led numerous other workshops, including as a speaker for CA CHADD, presenting on Adult ADHD: The Impact on Relationships.  

Nancie and her husband both found out they had ADHD a few years ago, and recognized how it was affecting their individual lives and their marriage.  She has since used her personal experience as a springboard to successfully work with couples who are challenged by the presence of ADHD in their relationships.

Nancie has recently co-authored The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD with Melissa Orlov. She and her husband and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live in sunny Southern California.


About Joanne Spence, BSW, ERYT, LFP-2

Joanne has been teaching mindfulness and yoga fulltime for 16 years.  She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 Hour Level, though she has many more hours of training in yoga therapy with Amy Wientraub, Susi Hately and Kristine Weber.  This focus of Joanne’s teaching is on managing depression and anxiety with mindful movement and breathing.  She has combined these credentials with her clinical social work background and works as the first yoga therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, one of the largest inpatient psychiatric hospitals in the US.  Joanne is also member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Her work has been recognized at a national level by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal.

In 2004, she founded Yoga in Schools (YIS) as a way to reach school children and teachers to help them nurture their own well-being through yoga.  Since then, Yoga in Schools has become a leader in the field of school yoga, reaching over 20,000 children and 1,000 teachers with sustainable wellness programs.

Joanne teaches and presents across the U.S. at conferences and retreat centers including Kripalu, Omega and the Garrison Institute.  Over the years, Joanne has helped many adults and children to self-regulate through mindfulness practices and better manage their ADHD.


About Christina Veal

Christina Veal is a communications specialist who loves the blogosphere and has enough ADHD in the family to be interested in working as Melissa's right hand person.  She searches the internet for content she thinks will be of interest to our readers and helps keep everything up-to-date.  She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has a passionate interest in tennis.  Ms. Veal lives outside Boston.


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