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Theresa Maitland Ph.D

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Theresa E. Laurie Maitland Ph.D. has been in the field of education for over 45 years as a teacher, professor, trainer, presenter, consultant, clinician, coach, author and researcher. Dr. Maitland has worked in a variety of programs and roles that center around individuals of all ages with learning and attention differences. It is Dr. Maitland’s passion to help these individuals turn their challenges into gifts. She also believes it is important to guide the families of these individuals and professionals who support them to understand and appreciate these challenging differences. Dr. Maitland spent the last 24 years of her career in a college setting, consequently, she has unique expertise on issues related to college success of youth with ADHD/LD. Throughout her career, Dr. Maitland has led numerous workshops, presentations and webinars on ADHD/LD issues, been a consultant to schools and other agencies, coached individuals, written articles and developed curriculum materials at the local and national level.

In 1997, Dr. Maitland was one of the first professionals in higher education to be trained as a coach, and together with her colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) introduced coaching to the campus community as well as professionals at other higher educational institutions. In 2003, she became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an ICF (International Coach Federation) Certified Coach in 2018. In addition to coaching hundreds of college students over the years, Dr. Maitland also coauthored one of the first books published on the topic of coaching college students. During her career at UNC, she coauthored a coaching training program that has reached over 300 staff and faculty at UNC. She has participated in several research studies investigating the impact of coaching on undergraduates including those with ADHD/LD.

Dr. Maitland founded a private coaching and consulting practice to share her talents and skills with others in the community. She has coauthored several award-winning books on the topic of college transition and given presentations locally and nationally on the topic of coaching and college readiness and success for teens and adults with ADHD/LD. She can be reached at