Edward (Ned) Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist as well as the founder of the Hallowell Centers with offices in Sudbury, MA, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. These centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of learning differences, especially ADHD and dyslexia, using a strength-based approach.

A graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard residency and fellowship in adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Hallowell served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School for 20 years until he retired from academia to devote his full professional time to seeing patients, writing books, and giving lectures and seminars.

A specialist in learning differences, Dr. Hallowell's 1994 ground-breaking New York Times best-seller on ADD called Driven to Distraction brought attention deficit disorder to the general public. He went on to write 19 more books on various psychological topics including several more books on ADD; the transformative force of connection in human life; how to deal with worry; how to forgive; how to raise children so that they will become the adults we hope they will become; how to run organizations so that each employee achieves at his or her peak; and his latest book on how to achieve focus in the modern, highly charged and distracted workplace.

In aggregate, Dr. Hallowell's books have sold over 2 million copies. He has appeared on every major TV show including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, The View, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes and CNN.

Dr. Hallowell hosts a weekly podcast called "Distraction" with a focus on exploring how we are driven to distraction and offers coping strategies to turn modern problems into new-found strengths. His team also produces a monthly newsletter, for which he writes a regular column, with a subscription of over 40,000 followers.

Dr. Hallowell's major contribution to the field of learning is his strength-based approach. Having both ADHD and dyslexia himself, and having thrived with those conditions throughout his life, he sees them not as disorders but rather as traits that can confer enormous benefit. If those traits are managed well, they turbo-charge success. But if they are managed poorly or not recognized at all, they can lead to disaster. The stakes are high. For this reason, Dr. Hallowell is rather messianic in getting the message out to recognize and capitalize on these traits, which he calls "The American Edge."

The cornerstone of all of Dr. Hallowell’s work is the power of the human connection.  He prescribes “human moments” over “electronic moments,” and touts the power of what he calls “the other Vitamin C, Vitamin Connect.”  In his talks and books he shows that no force in all of human existence powers more growth, health, and productivity than the power of connection.

Be it treating ADHD in his clinics, writing about the wide range of topics he addresses in his books, or speaking from the many stages on which he's appeared, Dr. Hallowell always comes across as genuine, humorous, transparent, and passionate about his calling.





Dr. Hallowell, one of the world’s experts on ADHD, explains his strength-based approach to understanding this fascinating and widely misunderstood condition. He shows how properly managed ADHD can lead to spectacular success of a kind that cannot be planned or predicted. It is people who have ADHD who advance the world. In this talk, Dr. Hallowell takes the audience through a process by which this condition can be diagnosed and managed best.


Most entrepreneurs have the trait that is so misleadingly called ADHD. Dr. Hallowell renames it “The Entrepreneur’s Trait,” and shows how phenomenally beneficial it can be. A follow-up to talk # 1, this presentation shows how many different paths people with the entrepreneurs trait have followed, and what factors predict the greatest success.


The third in a series begun by talks # 1 and # 2, in this talk Dr. Hallowell offers his observation that most adults fall into one of three groups: cowboys, cowhands and ranchers. Cowboys are the risk-taking, shoot-first-aim-later, innovative, action-oriented creative types. Cowhands are the dedicated people who sweat the details, connect with others, and make the operation run. Finally, ranchers are the big-picture managers, the leaders who inspire people, give credit to others, and take the group forward. Knowing which one you are, and how to take advantage of your style, can make for big successes. Organizations need all three.


We live in a world characterized by what Dr. Hallowell calls “the modern paradox”: miraculously connected electronically, we are growing disconnected interpersonally. This social isolation is as dangerous a risk factor for early death as cigarette-smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. Touting the power of “the other Vitamin C, Vitamin Connect,” Dr. Hallowell offers a detailed prescription for a richly connected life that anyone can follow. This Vitamin C is free, infinite in supply, and feels good to take. Sadly, most people don’t take advantage of its amazing power.


Ned Hallowell has done more than anyone in America to illuminate the challenges of ADD and ADHD. He has given parents hope. He has taught us all how to focus on children’s strengths. Most importantly, he has provided teachers with a variety of ways to help struggling children in their classrooms every day. You cannot find a better guide for ADD and ADHD than Ned Hallowell.
— Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Independent School Consultant, "New York Times" best-selling co-author of "Raising Cain" and "Best Friends"