​The ADD Coach Academy Participates in Award Winning Research

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The ADD Coach Academy Participates in Award Winning Research

The ADD Coach Academy is proud to announce that J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D, first author, received one of four best research awards, for his poster, “Are There Character Strengths Associated with Adult ADHD? Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths", at this year's APSARD conference (The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders) held in Washington DC on January 16-18 2016. 

David Giwerc, MCAC, MCC, Founder & President of the ADD Coach Academy, co-presented the poster with Dr. Ramsay, and is the second author of the award winning poster.

In addition, Dr. Ramsey and David Giwerc presented a second research poster: "Are There Virtues Associated with Adult ADHD? Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths.


The ADD Coach Academy Participates in Award Winning Research

The ADD Coach Academy is proud to announce that J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D, first author, received one of four best research awards, for his poster, “Are There Character Strengths Associated with Adult ADHD? Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths", at this year's APSARD conference (The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders) held in Washington DC on January 16-18 2016. David Giwerc, MCAC, MCC, Founder & President of the ADD Coach Academy, co-presented the poster with Dr. Ramsay, and is the second author of the award winning poster.

In addition, Dr. Ramsey and David Giwerc presented a second research poster: "Are There Virtues Associated with Adult ADHD? Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths.

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“Are There Character Strengths Associated with Adult ADHD? Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths"
J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.1, David Giwerc, M.C.C., M.C.A.C.2, Robert E. McGrath, Ph.D.3, & Ryan Niemiec, Psy.D.4
1University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2ADD Coach Academy, 3Fairleigh Dickinson University, 4VIA Institute on Character

Study Purpose and Hypothesis:

The purpose of this study was to provide empirically-derived answers to the question of whether a diagnosis of ADHD is associated with “gifts” when compared to a non-ADHD control group using an established self-report questionnaire of Virtues, with each Virtue comprised of a set of Character Strengths.

It was hypothesized that Character Strengths characterized by intact self-control would be lower among the ADHD group when compared to control groups (Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Prudence); on the other hand, it was hypothesized that Character Strengths characterized by creativity, big picture thinking,and other qualities attributed to ADHD would be higher among the ADHD group when compared with controls (Creativity, Curiosity, Kindness.

Are There Virtues Associated with Adult ADHD?: Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths
J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.1, David Giwerc, M.C.C., M.C.A.C.2, Robert E. McGrath, Ph.D.3, & Ryan Niemiec, Psy.D.4
1University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2ADD Coach Academy, 3Fairleigh Dickinson University, 4VIA Institute on Character

Study Purpose and Hypothesis:

The purpose of this study is to provide an empirically-derived answer to the question of whether adult ADHD is associated with “gifts” when compared to a non-ADHD control group using an established self-report questionnaire measuring various Virtues.

It was hypothesized that measures of Virtues characterized by intact self-control, specifically Courage (“exercise of will to accomplish goals”) and Temperance (“strengths that protect against excess”) would be lower among the ADHD group when compared to control groups; on the other hand, it was hypothesized that Virtues characterized by qualities attributed to ADHD, specifically Wisdom (which includes the facets of Creativity and Curiosity) and Transcendence (which can be considered “big picture thinking”) would be higher among the ADHD group when compared with controls. Seeing as there has been little research on this question, all Virtues were examined.

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J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D is the co-director and co-founder of the University of Pennsylvania Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Approximately 60 research posters were presented at the conference which highlights many of the world's leading ADHD researchers and their most current work.

The ADD Coach Academy would like to convey special thanks to the authors involved in the poster research and their respective institutions:

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