About Barbara A. Mather, Ph.D.

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  • Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University 
  • Expert on Adults with ADHD
  • Certified Management Consultant ®
  • Recipient of Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) Fellow Award for 2013-2014, Fielding Graduate University

Barbara Mather, Ph.D., is an expert in the area of ADHD in adults. In addition to her ongoing interest in helping young adults with ADHD in the workplace, she is an experienced management consultant in the area of organizational change management (OCM) and has owned a successful consulting business since 2002. As President of Mather Consulting Group, Inc. Barb works primarily with Fortune 500 companies, helping them to achieve organizational success through change management and communication strategies. As a long-term observer of adult human behavior in the workplace, Barb has long recognized many adults with ADHD in the workplace. She is now devoting her time between management consulting and her passion to help young adults with ADHD gain success in the workplace.

Barb’s educational background includes a Ph.D. and M.A. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, an M.B.A. from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and a B.S. in Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a Certified Management Consultant® from the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC). Additionally, through a two-year California State University (Dominguez-Hills) program, she obtained Community College Teaching Certification and is qualified to teach in California community colleges.

In the field of ADHD, Barb is a member of CHADD, ADDA, and speaks regionally to ADHD groups as well as Human Resources Professionals on the topic of young adults with ADHD in the workplace. Her 2012 research findings support her long-held beliefs that this young generation entering the workplace today is working against many obstacles, as they try to navigate this “final frontier”; this final frontier being the workplace, in that there is a profound general lack of understanding of ADHD symptoms, behaviors, and needs amongst roughly 10% of the workforce.

Barb grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, with the realization that learning in the classroom was quite difficult, and without having the opportunity or resources to pursue explanations, testing, or any professional understanding or diagnosis as to her inattentive tendencies. Immediately following high school, attempts with college ceased after one year in junior college, only to return to night school in her mid-20s while working full-time at a Fortune 500 company. Having the strong will and tenacity to become the first in her family to attend and graduate from university, Barb worked hard at school while pursuing her business career and achieved almost perfect grades throughout her undergraduate and subsequent master’s degree in business administration.

It was not until her oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD in the early 1990s that Barb, then in her early 40s, was also finally diagnosed with ADHD. With this diagnosis came the knowledge and answer to the puzzles that she struggled with her entire life: “What is wrong with my brain, why can’t I pay attention to what is being discussed, and why can’t I learn like others?”

Upon her return to school—again—to pursue her doctoral studies, now in her 50s, Barb became fascinated with human development and human development theory. As an outgrowth of this field of study, she decided to pursue qualitative ADHD research in an area that had received little attention relative to the Millennial generation (Gen Y – her sons’ ages); this is the first generation to grow up with the official APA diagnosis of ADHD (See APA DSM-IV) to enter the workplace.

It is through Barb’s learning differences, decades of work-life experiences, and extensive education that she is now able to help young adults with ADHD to become successful in the workplace and to help them make good career decisions based on the strengths, interests, and abilities that they possess. She specializes in helping young adults with ADHD in the early years of their working lives.

Publications include:

The Social Construction and Reframing of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,
Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 14, Number 1, 2012

Psychology Progress, viewed “almost 40,000 times each month and has an audience of academic and clinical personnel from a growing number of the top 20 major academic institutions,” informed me that the above noted article is ”a significant contributor in the study of ADHD” and can also be found on their website.

Past Speaking Events:

CHADD, West Los Angeles Chapter Meeting, April 16, 2013, Recent Research Findings: Early Career Experiences of Young Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

CHADD, South Bay, Los Angeles Chapter Meeting, Torrance, Dec. 1, 2011, “Young Adults with ADHD in the Workplace”

CA Human Resources Conference, Anaheim August 27, 2013, “What HR Professionals Need to Know About Young Adults with ADHD in the Workplace Today

Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), Los Angeles Chapter Monthly Breakfast meeting, The Lakes, El Segundo, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, “Case Study & Management in the Workplace: Focus on Young Adults with ADHD”

Upcoming Speaking Events:

CHADD, South Bay, Los Angeles Chapter Meeting, Torrance, Tuesday, June 5, 2014, “Early Career Experiences of Young Adults with ADHD” www.chadd.net/10g

Additional Research:

Recently appointed the 2013-2014 Institute for Social Innovation Fellowship Award from Fielding Graduate University. This fellowship will allow Barb the opportunity to explore strengths-based theories for young adults with ADHD.