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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 helped 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 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. Cam co-hosts the podcast Translating ADHD. Cam also mentors ADHD coaches-in-training and speaks and teaches on a variety of topics including ADHD, 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 and teaches for Laurie Dupar’s IACT-C coach training group. 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 25+ years and their two children.


About Julie Heflin, LGPC, NCC

Julie HeflinJulie Heflin is a graduate of The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her warm, direct, and engaging style combined with her ability to distill complicated relationship dynamics make her an excellent choice to lead non-ADHD support groups. In addition to her work with ADHD & Marriage, Julie provides individual counseling to young adults managing the impact of ADHD in their lives.

Julie has a passion for running, scuba diving and gardening. She and her husband of 35 years live in Maryland and western New York. 



About Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster are the co-founders of ImpactADHD and ImpactParents.com, an online training, coaching, and support resource for families raising complex children, teens, and young adults.  In their work, Elaine and Diane guide adults to understand the impact that emotional triggers have throughout a family, including between parents, and help them change patterns around triggering behaviors.  It is this expertise they bring to their program on Managing Emotions and Triggers for Adults and Couples.

Elaine and Diane are internationally recognized educators and certified coaches, helping parents and professionals across the globe to reduce the stress of family life with ADHD, anxiety, LD and more. They are the creators of the Sanity School® behavior training programs, and the authors of Parenting ADHD Now: Easy Intervention Strategies to Empower Kids with ADHD and their recent book, The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More.


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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