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QuinnPatricia Quinn, M.D.

Dr. Patricia Quinn is a developmental pediatrician in the Washington, D.C. area. A graduate of the Georgetown University Medical School, she specializes in child development and psychopharmacology. Dr. Quinn has worked for over 30 years in the areas of ADD (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 (ADHD), and The Best of Brakes Activity Book. She is also editor of ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with ADD.

For the last decade, Dr. Quinn has devoted her attention professionally to the issues confronting girls and women with ADHD.  In 1997, she co-founded and is currently the director of the Center for Girls and Women with ADHD in Washington, DC and since that time has written several books on this topic.  Her 1999 book, Understanding Girls with ADHD, is groundbreaking in its presentation of this population.  Her latest book, released in April, 2009, 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.

Dr. Quinn lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and four children, three of whom have ADHD.

She may be contacted by calling or faxing 202-966-1561 or be email at

All of her books may be ordered by calling 888-238-8588 or on the website at

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