About the Experts

About Melissa Orlov

Melissa OrlovFounder of ADHDmarriage.com, Melissa Orlov is a marriage consultant, a top expert in how ADHD affects relationships, and an award-winning author.  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 and offers private counseling to couples who wish to improve their ADHD-impacted relationships.  Her very popular couples seminar (by phone) has helps many struggling couples turn their relationships around.  Melissa blogs for Psychology Today, at this site, and guest writes for many others.   She wrote the Your Relationships column for ADDitude Magazine from 2008-2014 

She is the author of The ADHD Effect on Marriage, which was awarded "Best Psychological Book of 2010" by ForeWord Reviews.  Her latest book, The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD, with Nancie Kohlenberger won three book awards, including best psychology book of 2014.

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).

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.

Melissa's CV

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About Edward Hallowell, M.D.

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. Other books on ADHD inlcude SuperParenting for ADHD and Married to Distraction.  He has also authored more than fifteen other books on topics as diverse as parenting, the importance of forgiveness, anxiety, and connection.

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 Michel Fitos

Michel FitosMichel Fitos is a psychotherapist and ADHD coach in private practice in Somerville, Massachusetts. Michel uses Internal Family System (“parts work”) as a way to gently work with inner critics, increase self esteem, and reduce shame. They have a longstanding meditation practice, which strengthens their focus on mindfulness and compassion. When they’re not working with clients, then can often be found writing and speaking about ADHD, gender, and social justice issues, or snuggling their dog in front of the fireplace.



About Cameron Gott, PCC

Cameron GottCam, a thought leader in positive accountability, effectively uses coaching techniques to support some of the most successful professionals and entrepreneurs challenged by ADHD.  Cam has been coaching ADHD individuals for 20 years, supporting clients to make the changes they want to make. He is a founding member of The Avalon Institute, a leadership initiative that celebrates cognitive diversity. Cam also mentors ADHD coaches-in-training and speaks and teaches on a variety of topics including coaching, leadership, accountability and his AEC Model for Change. He was certified through The Coaches Training Institute and co-develops content and trains coaches through Coach Approach for Organizers with Denslow Brown MCC. His Global Creative blog addresses the challenges and opportunities facing creative entrepreneurs and leaders and how mastering one’s life starts with understanding one’s brain. He lives outside of Charlottesville in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife of 24 years and their two children.


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 offers coaching via Skype for couples impacted by ADHD and has led numerous workshops 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 is the co-author of 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 Kimber Nelson, ACC

Kimber NelsonKimber Nelson is a seasoned Executive Function/ADHD Coach and coach educator offering coaching support for non-ADHD partners using the framework of her Quadrant coaching model. Kimber also works with adults with ADHD using a science-backed whole person strength based approach. Kimber is on the faculty of JST Coaching & Training and a workgroup member of Calling In Power & Culture, a group committed to revolutionizing coach education. Kimber lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the author of ADHD Partners: The Path to Embracing Life and Awakening Personal Power and co-authored an article in the ADHD Report with Dr. Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.


About Katie and ADHD

KatieKatie is an award-winning journalist who struggled with ADHD for decades before receiving her diagnosis at 30. During the first five years of her relationship with her now-husband, who does not have ADHD, Katie's actions and tendencies related to her then-undiagnosed condition took a significant toll on their relationship, driving the couple to the brink of divorce time and again. Now, armed with the proper treatment and accurate information about ADHD and its impact, Katie is excited to blog about her own experiences and share with readers her ever-growing wealth of knowledge, trial and error, success, and a lot of failu—uh, opportunity for growth. While she feels it's her duty as a journalist to be truthful and emotionally open with her audience, she is choosing not to use her last name to respect the request of her partner, whose story it is, too. 


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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