By Virginia Hurley, Research Committee Chair


ACO Coaches are, in general, a professional group gifted with great curiosity. However, curiosity is just the start. To benefit our clients and communities, ACO coaches are committed to staying informed and up-to-date on the latest evidence-based research in the fields of attention and of coaching.

The good and the bad news is there is a lot of such evidence-based research out there. So, to assist our members in staying current, the ACO has re-started its Research Committee. One of the committee’s mandates is to:

regularly present summaries of relevant studies to the ACO community in order to both provide members with the latest ADHD and coaching research and inform coaches about how to critically evaluate research reports.

This Month’s Summary

This month’s summary is a list of some of the best sources for research pertaining to our work, which we encourage you to take advantage of.

The Journal of Attention Disorders

One very important benefit of membership in the ACO is access to the prestigious Journal of Attention Disorders. If you haven’t looked there recently, I hope this will serve as a good reminder to do so.

The ADHD Report

This well-regarded bi-monthly newsletter is edited by Dr. Russell A. Barkley. The ADHD Report examines the nature, diagnosis, and outcomes associated with the disorder, and provides a single reliable source for the latest developments in the fields of clinical management and education.

CHADD and the NRC

Another good research resource is the National Resource Center on ADHD, which is a program of CHADD. All the resources are available in both English and Spanish. The NRC provides scientifically valid information on a whole range of investigations related to the “symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, educational issues, and ‘Living with ADHD’ for individuals and families affected by the disorder.”


Conferences provide another resource for coaches to learn about advances in subjects related to their practice and their clients’ well being. Because ADHD Coaching stands at the cross roads of ADHD, coaching, and a variety of other disciplines, there are many relevant conferences ACO coaches might attend. It isn’t possible to list them all, but some of the most relevant include:

  • The ACO’s Annual International Conferences. Because it is targeted to exactly the issues ACO coaches are most interested in, the ACO Annual International Conference is a must. The next ACO conference will be held May 2-4, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. And, just as a reminder, you can save $100 by registering now through December 15th.
  • CHADD’s Annual International Conferences. The next CHADD conference will be it’s 25th and will be held November 7-9, 2013 in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
  • ADDA’s International Conferences. ADDA just held their 14th Conference in Detroit, Michigan. Check back at ADDA’s website to find when and where the next conference will be held.
  • Institute of Coaching Conferences. The 2013 Institute of Coaching conference will be held September 27-28, 2013 in Boston, MA. The conference explores the latest theories and research while translating these into the art and practice of coaching.
  • International Coach Federation Conferences. Check the ICF’s website for information about upcoming events.

ACO’s Additional Member Resources

You can also keep up with research through ACO’s Circle Archives, ACO’s archive of expert speakers recordings, and various webinars. Your ACO membership provides you with many resources to grow your knowledge base, your coaching skills, and your ability to benefit your clients and your community.

Stay curious, my friends!

Virginia HurleyVirginia Hurley, EdD, ACC
Research Committee Chair