J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.

Founding Co-Director, Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program
Retired Faculty, Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry

Dr. J. Russell (“Russ”) Ramsay is a co-founder of the Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, and served as professor of clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ramsay received his PhD in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University (formerly known as 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 Nonmedication Treatments for Adult ADHD (2010); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD (with Dr. Anthony Rostain, 2015), which is in its second edition; and its companion patient guidebook, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit (also with Dr. Anthony Rostain, 2015). The Adult ADHD Tool Kit has been translated into Spanish (Kindle version), French-Canadian, and is in the process of being translated to Korean. It has been designated as a recommended self-help book by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Ramsay was an invited contributor to the American Psychological Association’s Psychotherapy Video Training Series with the video, Adults with ADHD. His most recent book is Rethinking Adult ADHD: Helping Clients Turn Intentions into Actions (2020).

Dr. Ramsay is an inductee in the CHADD Hall of Fame and received the 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), CHADD, and on the Board of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). He currently serves on the PAB of Totally ADD and is on the scientific advisory board of ADDitude magazine. He is a regular blogger through the Psychology Today website.

He is frequently interviewed by various media outlets and for podcasts regarding issues related to adult ADHD and has lectured across the United States and around the world and through webinars 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. For over 25 years, Dr. Ramsay served as clinical supervisor for many clinicians-in-training through the Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and was invested in the training of colleagues and future behavioral health clinicians in effective psychosocial treatments for ADHD adults.

Having retired from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ramsay has transitioned to his solo, completely virtual telepsychology practice at cbt4adhd.com. Check out his popular Rethinking Adult ADHD blog at Psychology Today


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