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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours (2 Pharm Hours)
  • Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF
  • Meghan S. Leahy, MS, NCC, BCC
Peer Reviewer(s): Patricia O. Quinn, MD
Item#: N1918
Contents: 1 Course Book (76 pages)
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An Overview of ADHD

Price $27.95
Item # N1918
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: April 2, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

Over time, the understanding and perceptions of attention deficit/hyperacticity disorder (ADHD) have changed dramatically as a result of advances in medical technology and recent increases in medical knowledge. This course walks clini-cians through that evolution, providing them with a comprehensive history as well as the latest available research. This course provides nurses with information regarding the initial conceptualizations of ADHD and its historical underpinnings, including populations involved. The etiology of ADHD and its genetic, biological, and environmental factors are also explored and discussed.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1814 - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Throughout the Life Span: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment, 3rd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the earliest references to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the medical and scientific literature and how they compare to current knowledge.
  • Identify factors that contribute to ADHD.
  • Discuss Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved pharmacological agents used to treat ADHD, common psychotherapies, and multimodal strategies to help manage symptoms of ADHD.

Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF, is a tenured Professor, Doctoral Nursing Department and has a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Health Systems and Science Research Department at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. She is a graduate of Widener University (BSN) and the University of Pennsylvania (MSN). She also earned a doctorate in higher education administration-leadership from Widener University and completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship (T32) at the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation awarded Dr. Waite with the title of Macy’s Faculty Scholar. Her clinical scholarly work focuses on help-seeking behaviors and treatment engagement, with particular interest in depression, adult AD/HD, and trauma and adversity among diverse populations.

Meghan S. Leahy, MS, NCC, BCC, is a certified counselor, a board certified life, career, and leadership coach, and an accomplished educational innovator. As the founder and principal of of Leahy Learning in Wynnewood, PA, her clinical work and research spans education, counseling, learning disabilities, coaching, mentoring, ADHD, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Ms. Leahy specializes in problem-solving and success strategies, focusing on the impact of learning processes on people throughout the life span: from childhood through professional career development. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University (BA) and Villanova University (MS). Ms. Leahy has worked as a clinical associate in the Adult AD/HD Treatment and Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, she was recognized by the The Wall Street Journal as a “Woman of Note” and provides consultation and training to schools, universities, and corporations on a variety of topics. Ms. Leahy has presented to international audiences and enjoys writing about issues pertaining to the mind and learning.

Patricia O. Quinn, MD, 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 several network television shows discussing the issue of girls and women with ADD along with author several books on the topic ADHD. In 2000, Dr. Quinn received the CHADD Hall of Fame Award for her outstanding service to the field of ADHD.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.