SPEAKER: Dr. Karen Leavitt, Psychiatrist MD
Many books and articles have been written about the behavioral management of ADHD
in the younger child. However, less has been discussed about the learning of life skills in
the adolescent and young adult population. So, what happens when they get to middle
school? When and how do they learn study skills that they will use into their college
years? How do they learn time management skills that take them into adulthood? This
presentation will be a discussion of some of tools we could be utilizing to help young
adults with ADHD start productively on their life paths.
3 Learning Objectives
1. Clearly define the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder According to the DSM V.
2. Discuss the neurobiology of ADHD and how this impacts someone who has it on a daily basis.
3. Discuss practical solutions to deficits in learning and functionality in the:
a. Middle and high schooler.
b. College aged student.
c. Young adult.
Dr. Karen Hadley Leavitt is a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist.
She grew up in the Orlando area, attending UCF for college, and then went to medical
school at St. George University in Grenada. She completed her medical training in
Chicago, Illinois and first did her Psychiatry Residency at Loyola University Medical
Center and then her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Rush University
Medical Center. She served as chief resident or chief fellow at both institutions. In
addition, Dr. Leavitt has received awards for her skills in Teaching and for Clinical
Practice and Professionalism. She additionally received the Excellence in Teaching
Award from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Pine Rest
Christian Mental Health Services in 2014, prior to her return home to Central Florida.
Dr. Leavitt is an advocate for her patients and a practitioner of evidence-based
medicine. Her career has involved inpatient, outpatient, and residential care, providing
Dr. Leavitt with a unique understanding of psychiatric and medication management in
the most complex of situations. She is also an Army wife and a mom to son Benjamin,
who is 6 months old.
Networking and Registration
Announcements and Introductions
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
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Below you will find a powerpoint created by Dr. Leavitt on the Behavioral Management of ADHD.
We hope it serves as a valuable resource in your personal and professional practice!
Click here: BehavADHDMCCHF.pptx