Succeed In College with ADHD
Dr. Liz is an ADHD coach with both personal and professional experience with the difficulties related to being a college student with ADHD. She is a clinical psychologist with 10 years of experience working with children and adults with ADHD. She has focused her expertise on college students with ADHD since 2008. Dr. Heiney has completed research, published articles and conducted seminars and workshops on this topic. (For a complete list of these, see below.)
Like many of you, I successfully managed my ADHD until I reached college. In fact, I had been managing it so well, it had never even been diagnosed. In college, I struggled tremendously to get assignments completed and stay caught up with readings. I couldn't stay focused long enough to learn anything in class. While today, we know that these problems are common among students with ADHD, 10-15 years ago, understanding Adult ADHD was in its infancy. So with no insight into the reasons for my academic struggles, I pushed through the best way I could. While I was eventually able to complete my undergraduate degree requirements, my GPA suffered, which created barriers to reaching my next goal of attending graduate school. Luckily, it was at this time that I became aware of Adult ADHD and I realized how well the symptoms fit my problems. Soon after, I was officially diagnosed and my world began changing for the better.
Once diagnosed, I began my journey of learning to manage my ADHD and reach my educational and professional goals. In order to do this, I had to understand how my ADHD affected my academic performance (and the rest of my life, for that matter). I read books and articles, went to seminars and developed a network of people for support. Now, despite my “deficits,” I am able to see my ADHD for the gift that it can be. I now devote a large part of my career to educating others about the effects of ADHD on college students. (For a complete list of presentations and publications, see below). As an ADHD Coach, I bring both a personal and professional expertise in the area of understanding the academic needs of college students with ADHD.
Related Professional Presentations
England, E. (2013, Oct). Succeeding In College with ADHD. Indiana University, Southeast. New Albany, Indiana.
Heiney, E. (2012, Oct). Succeeding In College with ADHD. Indiana University, Southeast. New Albany, Indiana.
Heiney, E. (2010, Oct.). Factors within the post-secondary academic environment that positively influence the academic success of college students with ADHD. Kansas University Counseling Center. Lawrence, Kansas.
Heiney, E. (2009, Nov.). Meeting the needs of the challenging student: College students with ADHD. American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
Wohlfarth, D., Cason, J., & Heiney, E. (2008, Oct.). College Students with ADHD. Presentation to students and faculty at Spalding University, Louisville, KY.
Heiney, E. (2008, July). Succeeding in College with ADHD. Panel presentation at the Attention Deficit Disorder Association National Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Heiney, E. & Wohlfarth, D. Exploring the role of the academic environment in the success of college students with ADHD. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Heiney, E. (2011). Factors within the post-secondary academic environment that positively influence the academic success of college students with ADHD. Proquest/UMI, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky.
Heiney, E. (2010). Meeting the Needs of the Challenging Student: ADHD in College. Optometric Education, 36 (1), 19-23.