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Katherine  Ellison

Katherine Ellison

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist / ADHD Authority


Katherine Ellison—who managed to win a Pulitzer Prize and write three breakthrough books on practical neuroscience despite having ADHD—is an inspiring speaker who teaches audiences how manage distractibility and realize their dreams. Audiences call her “engaging,” “informative,” and “hilarious.” Read More >

Her exceptionally productive writing and consulting career has taken her from life as an investigative journalist and foreign correspondent in Latin America to becoming a freelance contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Atlantic.com. She has consulted for Fortune 500 clients including Google, written speeches for nationally-respected thought leaders like Alice Waters, and speaks to audiences throughout America, including those at top universities and medical groups.

Ellison’s most recent book is ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know, co-authored with the psychologist Stephen Hinshaw, and international authority on ADHD. Her family memoir, Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention, recounted the year she spent improving her relationship with her son (also diagnosed with ADHD) and investigating what she calls the ADHD Industrial Complex.

Ellison’s presentations to business, educational, and mental health audiences explore how to make sure you lead the kind of life that enhances your creativity and productivity, connects you to people you love, and brings you authentic success and joy. She also addresses female audiences about the neurological advantages of motherhood and how to make the most of them. Her bbook, The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes You Smarter, was featured on all major TV networks and translated into a dozen languages. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Age of ADHD

Speech Topics

Double Duty: When Both Parent & Child Are Diagnosed With ADHD

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is nearly as hereditary as height. But few pediatricians, psychiatrists, or teachers are aware of this, or understand the difficult dynamics it can cause. Drawing from her humorous memoir, Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention, speaker Katherine Ellison gives insights into the nature of the ADHD family, with tips for communicating to besieged parents. Here's one: Don't expect them to keep good reward charts!

Managing Distraction in the Age of ADHD

People with ADHD might reasonably be considered the coal-mine canaries of our modern times. We're just a bit farther out on the continuum than everyone else, but people are catching up! Having battled clinical-grade distraction all her life, yet still having maintained a successful career and more-or-less functioning family, speaker Katherine Ellison offers advice for general or dedicated audiences on tips to keep focused.

Learning Disorders and Public Education

Author Katherine Ellison, who is working on a new book about how quirky kids can be saved from a hostile educational environment, can speak to parents, teachers, and other learning professionals about how to spot potential learning dangers – and even do something about them.

The Neuroscience of Motherhood

Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention