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Adult Learning Disabilities and ADHD : Research-Informed Assessment
Robert L. Mapou, PhD
Oxford University Press | POD - firm sale / Softcover / Dec 2008
9780195371789 (ISBN-10: 019537178X)
Special Education / OISE Texts
price: $47.95
312 pages
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Based on the author's popular workshop, this concise volume provides scientific and practical guidance on assessing learning disabilities and ADHD in adults. It includes instructions for accessing the author's downloadable PowerPoints, as well as a Continuing Education component (3 credits) that is administered by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Topics include definitions of disability (including legal definitions), assessment, and management approaches (from medications and therapy to educational and workplace accommodations), and assistive technology and software. Three case examples are provided, along with a sample report. The book is aimed at clinical neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists who are involved in the assessment and management of adults with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.


"Adult Learning Disabilities and ADHD is a clinically rich reference book that is comprehensive in its coverage of issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of learning and attention disorders in adults. A particular strength is the extensive and practical discussion of assessment methods for adults and their illustration in case examples. Dr. Mapou also reviews the scant evidence based on adults with these disorders and links this research to the richer evidence based on children. The material on accommodations for adults is a must-read for practicing clinicians faced with the common problem of evaluating adults requesting accommodations, with extensive guidelines on how to conduct evaluations that will meet guidelines from different agencies and determining accommodations that are potentially implementable in a variety of settings." --Jack M. Fletcher, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Houston

"Thorough, honest, and engaging, Adult Learning Disabilities and ADHD gives keen insight into the complexity of comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of adults with LD and ADHD; it is both respectful of research while acknowledging just how much we still don't know about the way these disorders manifest in people's lives. Reconciling clinical practice with the rigidity of current legal interpretations can be challenging--Mapou presents a holistic approach to resolving the seeming contradictions." --Jo Anne Simon, JD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Fordham University School of Law

"Dr. Robert Mapou provides readers with an up-to-date view of the complexities of LD/ADHD adult assessment in a clear and concise manner. His years of diagnostic experience are bolstered by relevant research findings that are woven throughout the text. Each chapter includes helpful summary points that underscore the key points discussed in the book and are further illustrated by a variety of in-depth case studies written by the author. Mapou is able to speak directly to evaluators who write diagnostic reports, as well as to the consumers who are seeking answers regarding their disability. He is an artisan who knows how to build reports that are diagnostically sound, relevant, and practical." --Loring C. Brinckerhoff, PhD, Higher Education and Disability Consultant

"... impressive... Dr. Mapou proposes a provocative new definition of learning disability for adults and shows how empirical research findings drive assessment of learning disabilities and ADHD in adulthood. A clear distinction is drawn between the neuropsychological view of learning disabilities and ADHD as disorders and the legal view of them as disabilities. Dr. Mapou's substantial knowledge and experience also inform the unique and valuable discussions of documentation; accommodations; assistive technology; and interventions." --Mariellen Fischer, PhD, ABPP/CN, Co-author, ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says

"This extremely accessible book not only provides a cogent review of the literature, but also delves into the practical aspects of assessing adult ADHD and learning disabilities. For students and experienced clinicians alike, this book offers a valuable learning experience." -Doodys's, a five star review!

About the Author:

Dr. Robb Mapou is a nationally-recognized expert on assessment of learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. His 2009 book, Adult Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Research Informed Assessment, published by Oxford University Press, was the first to summarize research on learning disabilities and ADHD in adults and use it to guide neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Mapou has written chapters on adult learning disabilities and ADHD assessment, regularly presents continuing education workshops to professionals on the topic, and recently appeared on a segment of Dr. Dean Edell’s syndicated program, Medical Breakthroughs. In February 2009, he participated in an invited debate at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, during which he argued for comprehensive assessment of learning disabilities in adults. He has served on the editorial boards of Neuropsychology, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

Dr. Mapou received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Emory University, in Atlanta, GA and completed pre- and post-doctoral training in neuropsychology in Atlanta and in Boston, MA. He is a clinical neuropsychologist in independent practice with William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Associates, LLC, Silver Spring, MD, where he specializes in the evaluation of adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD. He also consults with clients who have already been evaluated, to help determine whether they qualify for accommodations on college and post-graduate entrance examinations. Dr. Mapou is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He was on board of directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology from 2002 to 2007 and served as President from 2004 to 2006 and Vice President from 2002 to 2004. He holds faculty appointments in the Department of Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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