Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.Ed.


Child & Adult Psychiatrist; Founder of the Hallowell Centers; Learning Differences Expert


Edward HallowellEdward (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.