2023 Annual Burnett Seminar

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Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 1 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)
Book signing to follow, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  (EDT)
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public
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Please view the event recording here, and check out past recordings

The topic of the 20th Annual Timothy B. and Jane A. Burnett Seminar for Academic Achievement is ADHD 2.0 – New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction.

Two prominent leaders and best-selling authors in the field of ADHD, Edward (Ned) M. Hallowell MD and John J. Ratey MD, have joined together in their newest book, ADHD 2.0, to share the many recent advances in the understanding and treatment of ADHD. In this seminar, they will draw on their personal and professional experiences as well as the latest research and science to discuss the complexity of ADHD, how ADHD can be understood as a variable attention stimulus trait, and the arsenal of available strategies to help manage it.  They will discuss how if mastered, ADHD can bring out talents, be a uniquely powerful asset and be a springboard to success.

The Burnett Seminar services parents of teens and young adults with ADHD/LD. Its mission is to inspire this population that success in life is possible.

Sponsored by the Learning Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and Carolina Alumni.

Edward (Ned) Hallowell MD

Edward (Ned) Hallowell MD is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and world authority on ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He is the Founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

He has spent the past four decades helping thousands of adults and children live happy and productive lives through his strength-based approach to neurodiversity, and has ADHD and dyslexia himself.

Dr Hallowell is a New York Times bestselling author and has written 20 books on multiple psychological topics. The groundbreaking Distraction series, which began with Driven to Distraction, co-authored with Dr John Ratey in 1994, sparked a revolution in understanding of ADHD.

John J. Ratey MD

John J. Ratey MD, is an associate clinical professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry.  He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and 11 books, including the groundbreaking ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Dr. Edward Hallowell, and “Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.”  Honored by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society for Advancing the Profession, Ratey lectures around the world in additional to maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California. He enjoys running, weight training and hiking with his wife.

Livestream Details

Note: The stream will start just after opening remarks begin so there is no need for concern if the live stream isn’t active right at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

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How will I get the link for the live stream?

  • Instructions for accessing the live stream have been emailed to pre-registered participants. See above section for additional details.

Where should I park for the in-person seminar?

  • Parking is available in the Rams Head Visitor Parking Deck, located on Ridge Road, just past the intersection with Stadium Drive. Hourly rates apply.

What should I bring?

  • You may wish to bring a sweater as the conference room can get chilly. You are welcome to bring sensory-friendly items to aid in focus during the presentation.
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