About Me

Here is my professional bio. My curriculum vitae (CV), which translates as "life's course," is attached in case you want more specific information about my professional background and various undertakings.

Meet Russ Ramsay

Meet Russ Ramsay

Before retiring from the University of Pennsylvania at the end of June 2023 to pursue a solo, virtual psychology practice, J. Russell (“Russ”) Ramsay, PhD, ABPP was co-founder and co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and a professor of clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ramsay is board-certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT).

Dr. Ramsay has authored numerous peer-reviewed professional and scientific articles, research abstracts, and book chapters. He is author of six books related to various aspects of adult ADHD (this count includes both the first and second editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD, not to “pad the stats” but because the second edition was a significant update and revision), including his recent, The Adult ADHD & Anxiety Workbook  released on May 1, 2024. His self-help guidebook, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit, has been translated to Spanish, French, Korean, and is in the process of being translated into German. The Tool Kit is a recommended self-help book of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). He was an invited contributor to the APA Psychotherapy Video training series with an illustration of his CBT approach for adult ADHD.

Dr. Ramsay is an inductee in the CHADD Hall of Fame and received the Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching & Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders and is frequently sought out as an ad hoc reviewer for other journals. Dr. Ramsay has served previous terms on the Professional Advisory Boards of the major ADHD organizations in the U.S. He has lectured worldwide and been sought out by media outlets for his insights on topics related to ADHD in adults. Dr. Ramsay’s professional interests are improving the accurate assessment and effective psychosocial treatment of adult ADHD and training future behavioral health clinicians in these skills. He continues these missions while maintaining a full-time solo practice.

My Main Professional Roles

My primary specialty and area expertise is the diagnostic assessment of ADHD in adulthood and psychosocial treatment using cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) adapted to the needs of adults with ADHD. I am also proficient in CBT for a range of mood, anxiety, and other conditions. I am board-certified in CBT through the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies and in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. I am a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and I am credentialed through the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APAIT)/Psychological Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). I started at the University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive therapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy. I subsequently was involved with the establishment of the Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program that, sadly, will no longer continue as a separate program upon my departure from Penn to pursue my solo practice.


My CV and Disclosures

If you really want the nitty-gritty details of my professional background and activities, they are in my CV. The disclosures are all my extramural activities outside of Penn that I annually reported to the University each year and will continue display on a slide at the start of any presentation to be transparent about any perceived or actual conflicts of interest. (I have no recent activities or relationships with the pharmaceutical industry.)