LANDOVER, Md., April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the nation's leading organization serving people of all ages affected by ADHD, today announced the appointment of Ruth Hughes, Ph.D., as its new Chief Executive Officer. Hughes replaces E. Clarke Ross, DPA, who left CHADD in September 2010.
In addition to leading the staff, Hughes will serve as CHADD's primary representative and chief spokesperson in Washington, DC. "Ruth embraces the disability, understands CHADD, and knows Washington, DC," said Steven Peer, President of CHADD's board of directors. "This is evidenced by the strides she has made in her seven months as interim CEO."
Hughes is a clinical psychologist and the mother of an adult son who has ADHD. She previously served as CHADD's Deputy CEO and Chief Program Officer. Her responsibilities have included public policy, chapter services, membership, and CHADD's Parent to Parent and Teacher to Teacher training programs. Under her leadership these programs impacted thousands of families throughout the country.
Before her tenure at CHADD, Hughes was for seventeen years the Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (now USPRA), an association representing providers or rehabilitation services to adults and children with serious mental illnesses. Today her work focuses on advocating for a system of care where every child and adult with ADHD has access to state-of-the-art information and services.
The unanimous board decision was aided by executive committee research. "Having the full faith and support of the board insures a strong organization," Peer said. "I don't believe we could have found a stronger candidate anywhere."
A formal ceremony will take place at CHADD's annual international conference (November 10-12, 2011) in Orlando, Florida.