In developing the courses here at ADHD Success Training. Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD, bring decades of expertise in Adult ADHD, especially as it affects relationships.
The two co-editors of Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy met when Gina Pera attended one of Dr. Arthur Robin’s presentations at the International CHADD conference on ADHD, on ADHD and relationships—at least a decade ago. Thereafter, she sought Dr. Robin’s advice to incorporate in her 2008 book and, a few years later, they began regularly co-presenting at conferences to mental-health professionals, on the topic of ADHD and relationships.
Gina remains ever grateful for the clinical wisdom and expert acumen that Dr. Robin has brought to this topic. Over the past 20 years, she has also developed expertise independently, via leading workshops, facilitating discussion groups, researching the literature. She also conducted a large-scale survey among the partners of adults with ADHD, the results of which are partially shared in Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy and in Dr. Russell Barkley's "gold standard" clinical guide to ADHD diagnosis and treatment.
Please see individual biographies below.
Arthur L. Robin, PhD
Arthur L. Robin, PhD, is the director of Psychology Training at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at Wayne State University, and a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
He obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1975, was on the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, from 1975 to 1979, and has been at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit since 1979.
In addition to functioning as a pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Robin has devoted his 37-year career as a clinician, educator, and researcher to children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD and related problems.
Along with many articles, chapters, and grants, he has authored ADHD in Adolescents: Diagnosis and Treatment (Guilford Press, 1998) and has co-authored three books: Negotiating Parent-Adolescent Conflict: A Behavioral Family Systems Approach (Guilford Press, 1998); Defiant Teens: A Clinician’s Manual for Assessment and Family Intervention (Guilford Press, 2014; and Your Defiant Teen (Guilford Press, 2014). The last two books were co-authored with Russell Barkley, PhD, a preeminent expert on ADHD. Dr. Robin is also the primary author of the published assessment instrument, the Parent Adolescent Relationship Questionnaire (PARQ).
Over the past three decades, as the children and adolescents with whom he worked grew up and married, Dr. Robin came to see the adverse impact of ADHD on their adult relationships. Trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and family systems therapy, it was natural for Dr. Robin to innovate in combining these techniques to help these couples. Thus, for the past decade Dr. Robin has been treating couples where one or both individuals have ADHD. In 1989, Dr. Robin was himself diagnosed with ADHD and has had personal experience in his own marriage coping with ADHD; this personal experience nicely complements his professional experience with ADHD.
As the director of a psychology internship accredited by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Robin has pioneered innovative clinical-training techniques, particularly in the area of competency-based education. He has applied these techniques in training clinicians to work with adults and couples affected by ADHD, making numerous presentations at conferences on ADHD and relationships. He brings to the task of editing this book his extensive experience in teaching clinicians how to implement evidence-based family intervention techniques.
Dr. Robin is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Journal of Attention Disorders and has served as a guest reviewer for many other journals. In 2002, he was inducted into the CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the field of ADHD. In 2007 he became a Fellow of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) of the American Psychological Association.
Gina Pera is an author, workshop leader, private Adult ADHD consultant, and international speaker on Adult ADHD, especially as it affects relationships. She was a veteran award-winning print journalist when, in 1999, her 37-year-old husband was diagnosed with ADHD. The couple learned of the possibility not from their repeated attempts at couple therapy but by Pera’s chance reading of a neurobiology book that touched upon Adult ADHD.
This discovery—and the positive difference it made in her husband’s life, her life, and their marriage—launched her desire to educate the public on this poorly recognized condition. She began by organizing guest lectures and launching support groups for both adults with ADHD and their partners in the San Francisco Bay Area, all free and open to the public. In 2004-2005, she conducted an extensive survey among the partners of adults with ADHD. These activities, combined with in-depth interviews of preeminent experts and investigation into the literature, informed her book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?: Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder (1201 Alarm Press, 2008).
Translated now into Turkish and Spanish, the book garnered four national awards, including ForeWord Magazine’s Psychology Book of the Year. Pera was also invited to contribute the first-ever chapter on couple therapy to a leading ADHD clinical guide: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (Fourth Edition), edited by Russell Barkley (Guilford Press, 2014).
Pera has been featured in several documentaries about ADHD as well as numerous news programs and articles, and she serves as resident ADHD expert at WebMD. She also writes the blog ADHD Roller Coaster (ADHDRollerCoaster.org) and provides online instruction at By invitation, she has presented to public and professional groups worldwide, including as plenary speaker for the 2013 International Congress on Psychopharmacology in Antalya, Turkey. In the past six years, she and Dr. Robin have co-presented at national conferences to clinicians on relationships and ADHD. As a volunteer, Pera has served as coordinator of CHADD Silicon Valley for more than a decade and was named CHADD 2007 National Volunteer of the Year.
In her previous career as a print journalist, her work for USA Weekend Magazine won both the prestigious Best Magazine Edition Award from The Association for Women in Communications and a Unity Award in Media, recognizing accurate exposure of issues affecting minorities and disabled persons. She holds a BS in Mass Communications (magna cum laude) from the University of Tennessee. You can read more about her professional background here.
Register for Home Book-Study Test (15 CE hours, NBCC)
Clinicians are invited to read Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions and take our home-study test: 20 multiple questions based on the book.
There are 13 learning objectives.
After reading Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions, the reader will be able to
- Identify the primary clinical tasks in helping ADHD-challenged couples
- Describe the purpose of the psychoeducational process for Adult ADHD-Focused couple therapy
- Discuss the contributing factors to the Dysfunctional Interaction Cycle for each partner and the interventions designed to move this cycle in a more positive direction
- Explain the role of the CBT Model adapted for ADHD in helping these couples
- Describe the therapist’s potential role in guiding pharmacotherapy
- Name some common difficulties around sexual intimacy experienced by ADHD-challenged couples
- Explain the relevance of Executive Functioning models to understanding ADHD
- Describe why adults might be vulnerable to using electronic technology to excess, the impact this behavior can have on the relationship, and the type of clinical approach that can help couples address this overuse
- Counter the statement that “ADHD symptoms are simply human behaviors”
- Recognize the components of behavior-change within Adult ADHD-Focused couple therapy
- Describe how couples can learn to work as a team in co-parenting and compensate for the challenges of the partner with ADHD
- Recognize how the poor self-regulation inherent in ADHD impairs money management and help the couple work around these difficulties
- Describe how to use Imago Relationship Therapy to improve the couple’s communication
To learn more about this home-study course, click here: COURSE DESCRIPTION: HOME STUDY BOOK TEST