Chris Dendy, M.S.
During the past forty years, Chris Dendy has been an author and speaker, classroom teacher, school psychologist, mental health counselor, local and state level mental health administrator, lobbyist and executive director of a statewide mental health advocacy organization, and national mental health consultant on children's issues. Perhaps, more importantly, she is also the mother of two grown sons and a daughter with ADHD. As a result of her personal experiences, she was co-founder of Gwinnett CHADD and served as their clinical advisor for seven years. She has served on the National CHADD Board of Directors from 2000-2005, including terms as secretary and treasurer. She was also inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the field.
Her first book, Teenagers with ADD and ADHD, 2nd ed., 2006 (TWA), has been extremely popular having sold over 100,000 copies. Subsequently a 350 page book packed with strategies for ensuring school success was released in 2000 as a companion guide to TWA. Teaching Teenagers with ADD, ADHD, and Executive Function Deficits (2011), now in its second edition, deals exclusively with educational issues that challenge our children. The book, A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD, a survival guide written exclusively for teens, preteens, and young adults by other teenagers was released in October 2003 and a second edition in 2006. She has also produced three videos: the newest Real Life ADHD (DVD), and the older ones Teen to Teen: the ADD Experience (VHS), and Father to Father: the ADD Experience (VHS). In addition, Chris was the lead author for the "CHADD Educator's Manual on ADHD" and was one of the creators of "CHADD's Teacher to Teacher" training modules on ADHD. As a result of her work, she has had the opportunity to provide training both nationally and internationally.