Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD, CPCC
Educator and Author
Senior ADHD/LD Specialist & Coach with The Learning Center's ADHD/LD Services
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Theresa E. Laurie Maitland earned her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her M.Ed. and Ph.D at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently a Senior Learning Specialist and Academic Coach at the Learning Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been on the staff at UNC since 1994. It is Dr. Maitland’s passion to work with individuals with learning, attention and emotional challenges and to assist them in turning those challenges into gifts. Since 1996 Dr. Maitland and her colleagues at UNC have been studying the field of professional coaching and its application to college students with special learning needs. As a result, in 2003 she became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). Dr. Maitland has also been the primary investigator in several research projects studying the impact of coaching on college students as well as a large scale study investigating the characteristics, graduation rates and enrollment patterns of college students with ADHD and/or LD.
Prior to joining the staff at UNC, Dr. Maitland worked as a special class teacher at all grade levels, a college professor, an in-service trainer, and a clinician. Dr. Maitland helped develop and implement a unique, private, multidisciplinary clinic for individuals with cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. Throughout her career, Dr. Maitland has conducted numerous local and national presentations on topics related to teaching and parenting children, adolescents and young adults with these challenges. Dr. Maitland has a private practice which allows her to function as a professional coach and a consultant to families, schools, colleges and professionals. She specializes in issues related to the preparation of individuals with learning differences for life after high school.
Dr. Maitland has been the primary investigator on two research projects: one studying coaching and its impact on college students which resulted in the publication of an article in March 2014. The other large scale study investigated the graduation rates and enrollment patterns of college students with ADHD/LD and is currently being prepared for publication. Dr. Maitland co-authored one of the first books written on the subject of coaching: Coaching College Students with ADHD: Issues and Answers with Dr. Patricia Quinn and Nancy Ratey. She and Dr. Patricia Quinn also published two books on the subject of transition to college. Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD or LD for College was awarded the 2011 National Parenting Publication Honors Award, and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD which is targeted to high school students. Both books were selected as Mom’s Choice Gold Award winners for 2011. She is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) and contributed to the development of The National ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) Guiding Principles for Coaching Individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder.