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QuinnPatricia Quinn, M.D.

Dr. Patricia Quinn is a developmental pediatrician in Washington, D.C.. A graduate of the Georgetown University Medical School, she specializes in child development and psychopharmacology. Dr. Quinn has worked for over 40 years in the areas of ADHD and learning disabilities. She gives workshops nationwide and has appeared on Lifetime TV's New Attitudes, the PBS show, To the Contrary, and recently on Good Morning America discussing the issue of girls and women with ADD. Dr. Quinn appeared in the video aired on PBS titled, OUTSIDE IN: A Look at Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. She also produced and appears in another well-received video, ADD: Transition to College - Passport to Success for the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association. In 2000, Dr. Quinn received the CHADD Hall of Fame Award for her outstanding service to the field of ADHD.

Dr. Quinn is the author of several books on ADHD. These include the best-selling book, Putting on the Brakes: A Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for children in the 8 to 12 year old group, the companion workbook, The "Putting on the Brakes" Activity Book for Young People with ADD, and The Best of Brakes Activity Book. She is also author of ADD and the College Student: THe Ultimate Guide to Your Most Urgent Questions.

For the last several decades, Dr. Quinn has devoted her attention professionally to the issues confronting girls and women with ADHD.  In 1997, she co-founded and is was the director of the Center for Girls and Women with ADHD in Washington, D.C. and since that time has written several books on this topic.  Her 1999 book, Understanding Girls with ADHD, was groundbreaking in its presentation of this population and the second edition (updated and revised version) of this book has just been released in 2015.  Her other book, on this topic, Attention Girls! A Guide to Learn All about Your ADHD, is the only book for girls aged 8 to 12 years who have ADHD and has won two awards, Honors Award from The National Parenting Publications of America (NAPPA) and a Gold Medal in the Children’s Moonbeam Awards from the Independent Publishers Association.  Her other books in this field include, Understanding Women with ADHD and Gender Issues and ADHD: Research, Diagnosis and Treatment, co-authored with Dr. Kathleen Nadeau are now out of print..

Dr. Quinn lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband. She has four children and nine grandchildren.

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