Biographical Background

Lew Mills, PhD, MFT

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San Diego, CA 92166-0674

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Dr. Mills maintains a psychotherapy practice in San Diego, assessing and treating adults with ADHD.

From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Mills was coordinator of CHADD of Northern California, a chapter of the leading non-profit for advocacy, support and education around ADHD in children and adults. Previously, he was coordinator for CHADD of San Francisco and the North Peninsula, when he led the consolidation of nine counties into a single CHADD chapter. He continues as an active member of CHADD.

Dr. Mills has advocated for greater outreach to underserved populations, for collaboration between non-profit organizations concerned with ADHD, and for increased public awareness of ADHD.

Dr. Mills created and launched CHADD of Northern California's website, including a consolidated group schedule. He created and edits, as well as frequently contributes to, CHADD of Northern California's electronic "Center of Attention" newsletter. And he helped grow CHADD of Northern California to nearly 20 active support groups. As CHADD of Northern California's coordinator, he was voted CHADD's "Volunteer of the Year" in 2002.

Dr. Mills speaks frequently on ADHD in order to increase awareness and understanding, and to combat the stigma associated with the disorder. He testified for CHADD about the significance of ADHD to the Joint Informational Hearing of the California Senate Committees on Health and Human Services, Business and Professions and the Senate Select Committee on Developmental Disabilities in February of 2002. Dr. Mills is frequently quoted in the national press as a tireless advocate, in his profession and publicly, for a better understanding of ADHD.

Dr. Mills also worked for many years as an organizational consultant, specializing in teamwork, leadership development and change management.

Besides CHADD, Dr. Mills is a member of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association, the Learning Disabilities Association of California and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Dr. Mills is an "Equal Marriage Therapist."

Dr. Mills earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant University in 1997 where he completed his doctorate with research focused on understanding groups and strategies for changing the cultures of organizations. He received his masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University - San Francisco in 1984, and was licensed as an MFT in 1986. He completed his bachelors at Williams College in 1978 with a double major in Economics and Philosophy.

Dr. Mills was himself diagnosed with ADHD in 1997, as an adult, and has particular empathy for the struggles and significance of the disorder.

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