J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry

Dr. J. Russell (“Russ”) Ramsay is co-founder and co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ramsay received his PhD from Palo Alto University (formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology). He completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at CPC Behavioral Healthcare in Red Bank, New Jersey, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, where he continues to work as a senior staff clinician. 

Dr. Ramsay has authored numerous peer-reviewed professional and scientific articles, research abstracts, as well as many book chapters. He is author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach (with Dr. Anthony Rostain, published by Routledge, 2015), which is in its second edition; Nonmedication Treatments for Adult ADHD: Evaluating Impact of Daily Functioning and Well-Being (American Psychological Association [APA], 2010); and the patient guidebook The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out (with Dr. Anthony Rostain, published by Routledge, 2015). Dr. Ramsay’s newest book, Rethinking Adult ADHD: Helping Clients Turn Intentions Into Actions was released in January 2020 by APA. He also was an invited contributor to the APA Psychotherapy Video Training Series, demonstrating a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach for adult ADHD (Adults with ADHD; APA, 2019). 

Dr. Ramsay is an inductee in the CHADD Hall of Fame and received the Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching & Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders and is sought out as an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. He has served terms on the Professional Advisory Boards (PAB) of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA; including serving as PAB co-chair) and on the Board of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). He currently serves on the PAB of CHADD and TotallyADD, and is on the scientific advisory board of ADDitude magazine. Dr. Ramsay is frequently interviewed by various media outlets regarding issues related to adult ADHD and has lectured across the United States and around the world on topics related to the assessment and treatment of ADHD in adults. His professional interests are improving the assessment and psychosocial treatment of adult ADHD. He is also serves as clinical supervisor for many clinicians-in-training through the Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and is invested in the training of colleagues and future behavioral health clinicians in effective psychosocial treatments for adults with ADHD.


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