Training & Events | 2017 Annual International Conference on ADHD | Awards

2017 Award Recipients



Lifetime Achievement Award



Mark A. Stein, PH.D ABPP,

Dr. Mark A. Stein is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington, and director of the Program to Enhance Attention, Regulation, and Learning (PEARL Clinic) at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Previously, he developed the Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinics in Washington, DC, Fairfax, Va, and Chicago, and has helped train hundreds of psychologists and physicians in multidisciplinary assessment and treatment. He is a Fellow of The American Psychological Association and President of the American Professional Group for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). Dr. Stein has written over 120 peer-reviewed articles, including numerous clinical trials of children, adolescents, and parents with ADHD, sleep, and pharmacogenetics. He is currently Associate Editor of Journal of Attention Disorders and Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.





2017 Hall of Fame Awardees





Lenard Adler, MD

Dr. Lenard Adler is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the New York University School of Medicine. He was born in Brooklyn and was raised on Long Island. Dr. Adler attended Cornell University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics in 1978. He attended Emory University School of Medicine, graduating in 1982.


Dr. Adler’s association with NYU School of Medicine began that same year when he started his residency in psychiatry. He received several honors during his residency, including the APA Burroughs Wellcome (Formerly Falk) Fellowship. Dr. Adler was Chief Resident in his final year of residency; after graduation he became an Attending at the Department of Veterans Affairs, New York Division of the Harbor Healthcare System (NY VAMC), an association that continues to the present time.



Throughout this time has had an active role in education of the NYU psychiatry residents at the New York VAMC, supervising residents and coordinating lectures. He has been unit chief on the resident inpatient teaching unit since 1997.



Dr. Adler has had an active role in clinical research in Neuro-Psychiatry since his residency. As a recent graduate from residency, he received a firve year travel award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Dr. Adler’s areas of interest include movement disorders, such as tardive dyskinesia and states of pathological restlessness (akathisia). He was co-author of the section on akathisia in the diagnostic manual for psychiatrists (DSM-IV and IV-TR).



Since 1995, he has extended his interest in states of restlessness through research and clinical work in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He has been director of the Department of Neurology ADHD Program of the NYU School of Medicine, originally at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, now located at NYU Medical Center. This program provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for patients with ADHD and its specialization for treating adults with the condition, is unique in the NYC metropolitan area. Dr. Adler has conducted numerous research projects on new diagnostic tools and medications (both stimulant and non-stimulant) for ADHD. He has spoken extensively to both scientific and lay audiences on ADHD, serves on several scientific boards and is considered to be a thought leader in the field.






Steven R. Pliszka, MD
Steven R. Pliszka, M.D. is Dielmann Distinguish Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has been a faculty member at UT Health San Antonio since 1986, joining the Department of Psychiatry after completing his general and child adolescent psychiatry residencies at UTHSCSA. Throughout his career he has been involved in a wide range of administrative, research, clinical and educational activities. Prior to being Chair he served as Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1995-2015. His research has focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders. He has been involved with clinical trials of the most medications used for ADHD. He currently uses functional magnetic imaging to try to understand the mechanisms of action of treatments for ADHD. He has been involved in several projects to integrate mental health services into pediatric primary care. Dr. Pliszka is the author of “Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician, 2nd ed.” and “Treating ADHD and Comorbid Disorders” (Guilford Press). He has been very active in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, authoring the academy’s practice parameters for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in 2007. Dr. Pliszka has an active clinical practice, caring for many children and adolescents with ADHD and other psychiatric disorders; he also serves as the attending psychiatrist for two residential facilities for children with severe behavioral and emotional disorders






2017 Young Scientist Research Awards



CHADD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Young Scientist Research Awards: Matthew J. Gormley, Ph.D. and Jaclyn Kamradt, M.A. Selected from a pool of well-qualified applicants by renowned experts in the field, these young researchers are making contributions to our understanding of ADHD. The awards are currently being supported by a number of individual donations






Matthew J. Gormley, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University in 2016 where he received the Elizabeth V. Stout Dissertation Award. Dr. Gormley completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology in Omaha, Nebraska and his post-doctoral fellowship was completed at Geisinger Health System in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gormley's research interests focus on the development and evaluation of individual interventions, intervention packages, and service delivery models for individuals at-risk for and diagnosed with ADHD. He is particularly interested in the development and application of individualized and continuous supports across major (e.g., secondary to post-secondary) and minor transitions (e.g., second to third grade) within, to, and from academic settings. Additionally, Dr. Gormley is interested in the intersections and collaborations between families, schools, and healthcare settings, and aims to develop interventions that support individuals with ADHD as they move between and through these settings. His research submission was titled, "Consistency in Transition: Supporting Students with ADHD Through Their Academic Carriers." Collectively, his work seeks to develop a comprehensive evidence-based service delivery system grounded in the chronic care model to enhance outcomes for individuals with ADHD.






Jaclyn Kamradt, M.A.,
is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Iowa’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Iowa in 2012, she continued to seek out opportunities to further enhance her research skills, especially in the area of clinical science. Currently, Jaclyn is in her fourth year of graduate training, working under the mentorship of Dr. Molly Nikolas in the Iowa ADHD and Development Lab. Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. Nikolas and Dr. Stephen Becker, a leader in the emerging field of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, Jaclyn recently resubmitted an F31 NRSA grant, which serves as the basis of both her CHADD research submission and dissertation prospectus. Ms. Kamradt's research program focuses on understanding and treating ADHD, with an emphasis on understanding the role of transdiagnostic constructs in the etiology and treatment of this complex psychiatric disorder. Her work aims to expand on the current knowledge regarding ADHD and comorbid conditions, (e.g., overlapping internalizing disorders), by evaluating potential links that contribute to such overlap, particularly sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT). Her research submission was titled, "Sluggish Cognitive Tempo as a Transdiagnostic Link Between Adult ADHD and Internalizing Symptoms." To date, her research in this area suggests that SCT may play a contributory role in adults with ADHD and comorbid anxiety and depression symptoms, explaining some of the heterogeneity in ADHD, and her current line of work aims to investigate this more thoroughly. Ultimately, she aims for this research to translate into innovative prevention and treatment target strategies for individuals with ADHD.




2017 Volunteer of the Year Award





Kelly Montes, Coordinator, CHADD of Northern California


Kelly is the Chapter Coordinator and President for CHADD of Northern California and has served in that role since 2011. CHADD of Northern California is the largest chapter in the U.S. with 19 branches and 30 active volunteers. Kelly’s greatest strength is her organizational ability. She facilitates chapter board meetings, annual meetings, and volunteer appreciation luncheons. Kelly also maintains the web meeting calendar, answers web inquiries from the public for ADHD resources, and is the glue that helps this large chapter run smoothly.

Kelly is known as someone who can be depended on. Her pragmatic approach and passion for helping others has led to her being a thoughtful sounding board for CHADD colleagues. She has served on committees at the National level and played an integral role in the formation of the CHADD Affiliate Advisory Board. She helped update CHADD’s Volunteer Leader Center, and she worked closely with CHADD’s President Mike MacKay on an Ad Hoc Committee to help improve the relationship between CHADD and its Affiliates.

Kelly is married, has two adult children with ADHD, two grandchildren, and a career as an Executive Assistant to CEO. Her spare time is devoted to family, volunteering for CHADD, and vacationing in Lake Tahoe every summer.


2017 Affiliate of the Year Award




Northern Virginia and DC CHADD Chapter



The Northern Virginia and DC CHADD Chapter is continuously in touch with the public school systems, private schools, and other non-profit organizations through collaborative information sharing. This includes Chapter participation in various types of outreach events, e.g., workshops, conferences, and summits. They’ve hosted seminars as a part of a CHADD Lecture Series, and co-hosted an informative ADHD Awareness Month event.



Group meetings are an opportunity for community members to share experiences, learn from each other, and recognize that they "are not alone". Through Constant Contact emails to CHADD membership, as well as customized communications with private schools and area ADHD professionals, they have solicited collaboration and volunteerism in the forms of support groups, hosting Lecture Series events, and service on the Chapter Board. They also held an Appreciation Reception for their support group leaders -- and had celebratory "potlucks" with Board members during the holiday season and at the end of the fiscal year.




2017 Above and Beyond Award





Sharyn Rhodes, Ph.D., Greater Baltimore CHADD

Sharyn a retired university professor in special education. She has been involved with CHADD for over 20 years and has always been on the local board. She has taught P2P numerous times and has received a $1,000 annual grant to support this program at the local level. She started and has continued to run the support group for parents of adults with ADHD who still live at home and/or are dependent for support. She has also been coordinator of Greater Baltimore several times and served on the National BOD and the fundraising committee. While on the National Board, Sharyn headed numerous fundraisers, auctions, and organized the luminaries lunches at the annual conference and for several years after her term.



2017 Educator of the Year Award





Love, Passion, and Creativity to Reach All Students


Matt Novielli
doesn’t come to school each day just to teach. He comes to build relationships and teach life lessons that students will carry with them forever.

He has a passion for those students who need additional love and support to be academically successful. Some teachers become upset with students who have ADHD and give consequences for what they consider inappropriate behaviors, never thinking to alter their instructional techniques. Mr. Novielli makes all students feel successful by accepting their differences, finding their strengths, altering how he provides instruction to meet their needs. That is why he gets such success, particularly when students have ADHD or behavior issues. Students quickly realize he isn’t going to call them out or remind them for the one hundredth time to not do something. He will instead remind them that they can make choices. They can choose what they want to accomplish, what they want to get out of school and life. When a student makes a poor choice, Mr. Novielli uses it as a teaching moment, explaining how and why they receive a consequence, and discussing what they could have done differently.

Every child in his class feels loved and appreciated, wanting to do their best. Mr. Novielli encourages students to self-monitor and learn when they need a break so they can get back on task. He creates charts to help them monitor, always making sure they find success with one behavior every day. His compassion for the needs of all his students allows him to do what is best for everyone in his classroom. He understands that some students sit at a desk in a chair, some may need to stand, some may need to be by themselves and not in a group, some may need a wobble stool or a yoga ball, and some may need to physically walk in the back of the room. He strategically places these students around the room so they don’t distract others.