Annual Burnett Seminar

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Monday, Oct. 21
Rizzo Center, 150 Dubose Home Lane, Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public

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The topic of the 21st Annual Timothy B. and Jane A. Burnett Seminar for Academic Achievement is Managing Anxiety and the Other Feelings of ADHD. A prominent leader and world-renowned author in the field of ADHD, J. Russell (“Russ”) Ramsay, PhD, ABPP,  will speak. In this seminar, he will draw on experience as well as the latest research and science to discuss the complexity of ADHD and anxiety.

Dr. Ramsay is a licensed psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of adult ADHD and has recently published his sixth book, The Adult ADHD and Anxiety Workbook. He co-founded and was clinical director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program where he was also a professor of clinical psychology. He is a CHADD hall of fame inductee. In this seminar, Dr. Ramsay will explore anxiety and other feelings such as depression and rejection sensitive dysphoria that often accompany ADHD and that create added discomfort and disruption.  He will offer skills based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to manage symptoms and take control of them to achieve confidence, focus, happiness and a sense of calm so that those with ADHD can reach their goals and aspirations.

The Burnett Seminar services parents of teens and young adults with ADHD/LD and the professionals who work with them. 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.


1-3 p.m. Seminar presentation
3-3:30 p.m. Q&A
3:30-4:30 Book signing

J. Russell ("Russ") Ramsay, PhD, ABPP

J. Russell (“Russ”) Ramsay, PhD, ABPP, was co-founder and co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and a professor of clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania before retiring in June 2023 to pursue a solo, virtual psychology practice.

Dr. Ramsay has authored numerous peer-reviewed professional and scientific articles, research abstracts, and book chapters. He is author of six books related to various aspects of adult ADHD (this count includes both the first and second editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD, not to “pad the stats” but because the second edition was a significant update and revision), including The Adult ADHD & Anxiety Workbook. His self-help guidebook, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit, has been translated to Spanish, French, Korean and is in the process of being translated into German. The Tool Kit is a recommended self-help book of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). He was an invited contributor to the APA Psychotherapy Video training series with an illustration of his CBT approach for adult ADHD.

Dr. Ramsay is an inductee in the CHADD Hall of Fame and received the Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching & Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders and is frequently sought out as an ad hoc reviewer for other journals. Dr. Ramsay has served previous terms on the Professional Advisory Boards of the major ADHD organizations in the U.S. He has lectured worldwide and been sought out by media outlets for his insights on topics related to ADHD in adults. Dr. Ramsay’s professional interests are improving the accurate assessment and effective psychosocial treatment of adult ADHD and training future behavioral health clinicians in these skills. He continues these missions while maintaining a full-time solo practice.

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  • 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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