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Dr. Patricia Quinn was the 2011 Burnett Seminar Keynote Speaker, and she presented her work on ADHD and Women.

Click here for her powerpoint presentation:  ADHD in Women THE HIDDEN DISORDER

Click here for her recommended reading list:  Books for Teens, Girls and Young Women with ADHD

View her video presentation “Gender Differences in ADHD & How They Affect Learning”

About Dr. Quinn:

Dr. Patricia Quinn is a developmental pediatrician in Washington, D.C.  A graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, she completed a fellowship in developmental pediatrics at Georgetown and specializes in child development and psychopharmacology.  Dr. Quinn has worked for more than 35 years in the areas of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. In 2000, Dr. Quinn received the CHADD Hall of Fame Award for her work in these areas.

Dr. Quinn is the author of more than 20 books on ADHD for children, adults, and professionals including the award-winning, Attention, Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your ADHD for girls 8-13 and the newly released 100 Questions and Answers about ADHD in Women and Girls. For the last decade, Dr. Quinn has devoted her attention to the issues confronting girls and women with ADHD and feels a strong commitment to helping them to identify and manage issues specific to their gender.  Her 1999 book, Understanding Girls with ADHD, is groundbreaking in its presentation of this population.

She is co-founder and currently the director of the National Center for Girls and Women with ADHD ( In 2002, Dr. Quinn co-edited with Dr. Kathleen Nadeau two volumes on these important topics, Understanding Women with ADHD and the only text for clinicians, Gender Issues and ADHD: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

Dr. Quinn is a well-known international speaker and conducts workshops nationwide about ADHD.  She has appeared on Lifetime TV’s New Attitudes, the PBS show, To the Contrary, and on Good Morning America to discuss the issue of girls and women with ADHD.  Dr. Quinn appeared in a video aired on PBS titled, OUTSIDE IN: A Look at Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.  She produced and appeared in an educational video ADD: Transition to College – Passport to Success for the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Her books for high school and college students include, ADD and the College Student, On Your Own, and Ready for Take-Off.

Dr. Quinn, a mother with ADHD, has four children, three of whom have ADHD, and eight grandchildren.

The Burnett Seminars are made possible by a gift to UNC by The Timothy B. and Jane A. Burnett Seminar for Academic Achievement. This fund was started in 1998 by Mrs. Juliet H. Davis, Mr. Burnett’s mother, and her late husband, W. Burke Davis ‘37 and continues to be supported by Timothy and Jane Burnett, both of whom graduated from UNC-CH in 1962. All are from Greensboro, NC.  The seminars focus on issues related to learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and are open to the public.

View past seminars here.