Welcome to Adult Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Penn Adult Neurodevelopmental Disorders program was founded in 1999 with a commitment to excellence in both clinical service and research in the areas of Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Social Learning Disorders (SLD), which includes Asperger Syndrome (AS) and high functioning autism (HFA).

The program provides state-of-the-art comprehensive diagnostic assessment and evidence-based clinical care, including medication management, psychotherapy (cognitive-behavior therapy, in particular), coaching, and psychoeducational group programs.

Program faculty and staff are committed to conducting and disseminating research and providing education to other health professionals and to the general public about adult neurodevelopmental disorders. Our treatment team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, an executive skills coach, clinical coordinator, and trainees.

An Important Update for Our Existing and Prospective Patients ~

Dr. Russell Ramsay, the clinical director, will be leaving the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Adult ADHD Program, his last day being June 30, 2023. 

What this means is the following:

  • For clients whose evaluations are completed after November 1, 2022, receiving individual cognitive-behavior therapy through the Penn Adult ADHD program will not be an option. We will provide our referral lists that include names of providers who provide adult ADHD-focused therapy for individuals who want to pursue this option elsewhere. 
  • For anyone already enrolled in CBT for adult ADHD through the Penn Adult ADHD Program, the end-date for these therapies is on or before May 31, 2023. We will provide referrals for other therapists, or you may decide it is a good time to discontinue treatment. These are important issues to discuss with your therapist.

Dr. Ramsay leaving does not at all affect existing or future pharmacotherapy overseen by medical director, Dr. Shazia Savul, or Lisa Joy Tuttle’s Mindful Self-Management Program. Both will be ongoing options offered by the Penn Adult ADHD Program.  

You can contact Dr. Ramsay directly with any questions at ramsay@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Our News

Lisa Joy Tuttle quoted in NY Times Well/Mind on ADHD coaching

Lisa Joy Tuttle addresses how coaching can make a difference for people with ADHD, Friday October 22, 2021.

Dr. Russ Ramsay writes "Rethinking Adult ADHD" blog on PsychologyToday.com

Read the latest installment of Dr. Ramsay's blog on adult ADHD, exploring "how we spend ourselves". 

Lisa Joy Tuttle interviewed on mental health mutual aid in the age of COVID-19

Lisa Joy Tuttle, our Director of Coaching and Group Programs, was interviewed by Mashable.com Social Good writer Chase DiBenedetto on "How to get help with small tasks when your mental health blocks your way".

Dr. Anthony Rostain Interviewed with co-author Dr. B. Janet Hibbs on NPR's Fresh Air

Dr. Rostain is co-author of the important new book The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During their College Years. This radio interview with Terry Gross aired on Tuesday May 28th, 2019.

Addiction and ADHD Stimulant Medication

Listen to Dr. Rostain speak with Attention Talk Radio about ADHD stimulant medications in the context of addiction.