2022 Accepted Presenters/Bios (A-L)

 

Amelia Saul, PhD, LRT/CTRS
East Carolina University


Biography: Amelia D. Saul, PhD, LRT/CTRS recently graduated from East Carolina University with her ‎PhD in Rehabilitation and Addictions Counseling Administration. Her PhD Dissertation examined the ‎effectiveness of a 2-week at-home paced breathing intervention to reduce anxiety in college students. ‎Amelia’s also the Past President of the North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association. Amelia’s ‎research interests include examining anxiety and depression in college students, assessing ‎effectiveness of evidence-based stress management techniques, utilizing biofeedback technology to ‎assess coping mechanisms, and implementation of prevention mechanisms for people with a family ‎history of cardiovascular disease.‎


Angele McGrady, PhD
University of Toledo


Biography: Dr. McGrady received her B.S. from Chestnut Hill College, her Masters in Physiology from ‎Michigan State University, her Ph.D. in Biology and her M. Ed in Counseling from the University of ‎Toledo. She is a licensed counselor,  certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America and ‎is a certified sports counselor. Currently Dr. McGrady is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at ‎the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC), where she maintains a practice in counseling and ‎biofeedback. Her professional activities include: Past President of the AAPB and current member of the ‎editorial board of “Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback”. Dr. McGrady has experience in many ‎levels of teaching: medical, nursing, physician assistant, graduate and residency.  She has designed ‎wellness programs for medical students, medical residents and college athletes. Her curriculum vita ‎lists 85 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. She and Dr. Donald Moss have co-authored two ‎books. “Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health” and “Integrative Approaches to Chronic Illness” ‎‎(2018) were published by Springer. Inc.‎


Anne Ward Stevens, PhD
Integrated Neuroscience Services


Biography: Anne Stevens, PhD, received her doctoral degree from the University of Memphis in 1995. ‎She has held a license to practice Psychology in the state of Tennessee and currently is licensed in ‎Arkansas, and has practiced in Fayetteville since 1989.    Since 2016, Dr. Stevens has been the President ‎of Integrated Neuropsychological Services, with an expertise in head injury and other disorders related ‎to brain functioning. Her practice encompasses neuropsychological and Quantitative EEG Assessment, ‎as well as treatment, primarily through neurofeedback. She has earned board certification through ‎BCIA in Neurofeedback and the QEEG Certification Board for QEEG Technologist.    In addition to her ‎private practice, Dr. Stevens serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Neurotopia and the Head ‎Trauma Committee at the University of Arkansas Athletic Department. In 2001, she was also the co-‎founder of ContreQ, specializing in the assessment and treatment of sport-related concussion.    Dr. ‎Stevens is a member of good standing with the American Psychological Association, the National ‎Academy of Neuropsychology and the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research. ‎Additionally, Dr. Stevens also served on the Board of Directors for the International Society of ‎Neurofeedback and Research from 2008 until 2012.‎

Anu Kotay, PhD
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco


Biography: Anu Kotay is clinical health psychologist with advanced training in mindfulness, ‎hypnotherapy, and biofeedback. She has been certified as a biofeedback provider since 2004 and is ‎currently the Biofeedback Lead- Behavioral Health Manager at Kaiser Permanente's San Francisco ‎Chronic Pain Management department. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented ‎nationally on psychophysiological treatments of chronic medical conditions.‎
 

Ashlie Bell, PhD, LCSW, BCN
NeuroGrove


Biography: Dr. Ashlie Bell is an internationally renowned brain health expert and owner of an ‎integrative brain wellness center in Colorado called NeuroGrove.  She holds a doctoral degree from the ‎College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University, in addition to being a ‎licensed clinical social worker, researcher, and published author.      Dr. Bell has worked in the fields of ‎health and mental health for over 15 years and is known for her specialized knowledge in brain-based ‎interventions, as well as integrative mental health and the treatment of trauma-related challenges.  ‎She has spent several years investigating the neurophysiological underpinnings of various physical, ‎cognitive, and emotional challenges, as well as the interconnections between the brain and various ‎systems of the body.  As a result, Dr. Bell has dedicated her career to exploring and developing new ‎


Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB
Bastyr University/The Breath Space


Biography: Brad Lichtenstein, ND BCB BCB-HRV. believes in the power of breath to restore health and ‎balance. As a naturopathic physician in private practice and a professor at Bastyr University for over ‎two decades, Dr. Lichtenstein has helped people embody the lives they want to live. His approach ‎integrates naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and biofeedback, depth & somatic psychology, ‎Eastern contemplative practices, yoga and movement, bodywork and end-of-life care. He participated ‎in a joint research study between the University of Washington and Bastyr University where he ‎provided over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients. Dr. Lichtenstein received his doctorate of ‎naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. His articles have appeared in several publications and ‎journals and he speaks nationally on topics ranging from stress-reduction, mindfulness and health, ‎mind-body approaches to healing trauma, and issues surrounding end-of-life.‎


Caitlin Tyrrell, Ph.D.‎
Staff Psychologist, VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System


Biography: Caitlin Tyrrell, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist and team lead for the Behavioral Health ‎Interdisciplinary Program at the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare system. She graduated from the ‎University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2017 with her doctorate in clinical psychology with a ‎curricular emphasis in geropsychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Orlando VA ‎Medical Center and her postdoctoral residency in professional geropsychology at the VA Puget Sounds ‎Health Care System, American Lake Division. She is passionate about identifying effective clinical ‎interventions for underserved populations and is currently a co-principal investigator on a randomized ‎control trial examining efficacy of neurofeedback for veterans with mild traumatic brain injury at the ‎VA Pacific Islands.‎

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Carolyn Fisher, PhD, BCB
Psychologist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation


Biography: Dr. Carolyn Fisher is a staff health psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She obtained her ‎doctorate in health psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and did a 2-year postdoctoral ‎fellowship in general health psychology with a focus on biofeedback at the Cleveland Clinic. One of Dr. ‎Fisher’s specialty areas includes providing biofeedback services to a variety of medial populations, ‎primarily cardiovascular disease and POTS. She has started to offer group-based biofeedback services ‎for patients with POTS in a research setting. She is also interested in the applications of biofeedback ‎for more general mental health populations, and the integration of biofeedback and mindfulness. Dr. ‎Fisher is hoping to add to the evidence base for group biofeedback as an efficacious treatment in a ‎variety of emerging areas, including heart failure, POTS, and obesity.‎

 

Carolyn Horne, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor/East Carolina University


Biography: Dr. Carolyn Horne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing Science at East ‎Carolina University College of Nursing in Greenville, North Carolina. Her research focuses on symptom ‎management in cardiovascular disease (CVD) including acute and chronic disease management. She ‎has a long history of clinical expertise in managing and caring for adults with cardiovascular disease, ‎specifically those with peripheral vascular diseases.  After an extensive career in a tertiary care setting ‎in management and advanced practice positions she pursued an academic career in order to pursue ‎her research interests.  She obtained her Biofeedback Certificate in 2018 and has concentrated on ‎heart rate variability in the cardiovascular population with symptom management.‎

Christopher Gilbert, PhD Psychology
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine   UCSF

Biography: Chris Gilbert is a CA-licensed psycholog

ist with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine ‎‎(UCSF) where he provides general biofeedback services and collaborates with UCSF’s headache center. ‎He developed a chronic headache management group at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, utilizing ‎biofeedback and other techniques. He served a term on the AAPB Board, is an associate editor of ‎Biofeedback, and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.‎


Christina Brown-Bochicchio, PhD/CTRS
Assistant Professor/California State University, Sacramento‎


Biography: Christina Brown-Bochicchio, PhD, CTRS is currently an Assistant Professor at Sacramento ‎State University. Christina earned her bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management with an ‎emphasis in event planning from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in Recreational ‎Therapy Administration as well as a graduate certificate in Biofeedback from East Carolina University ‎and her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration also from East Carolina University.  Prior ‎to pursuing a career in academics, Christina was a qualified intellectual disabilities professional and ‎recreational therapist with Angel View Inc., in Desert Hot Springs, California. Christina has worked ‎professionally with several populations including older adults in community settings and with ‎individuals with developmental disabilities. Academically, Christina’s research and teaching is focused ‎in the areas of stress management, training military personnel how to manage symptoms of PTSD ‎using biofeedback and objective measurement of recreational therapy interventions. Her research has ‎been presented at state, national and international conferences.‎

 

David Arroyo, Psic.Npf, BCB
Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Hospital StarMedica Queretaro, Sociedad Mexicana de Bio y ‎Neurorretroalimentación


Biography: Clinical specialist and professor with extensive experience in the fields of Clinical, Medical ‎and Health Psychology and Applied Psychophysiology. Founding member of the Mexican Bio and ‎Neurofeedback Society and part of its board of directors for 10 years. For 9 years he was in charge of ‎the Medical Psychology Service of the StarMedica Hospital in Mexico City, where he established the ‎first in-hospital applied psychophysiology service of its kind in his country, integrating it to the ‎management of different psychological and medical disorders in an interdisciplinary manner, in ‎addition to being appointed president of the Medical Bioethics Committee for two consecutive ‎periods; positions he continues to hold at StarMedica Hospital now in the city of Querétaro. He´s also ‎co-founder and CEO of the Mindful Neuroscience Center in Mexico, instructor-mentor in BCIA ‎Accredited Didactic Programs, international instructor of the BFE´s “Learn from the Best” formation ‎programs and leading the Applied Psychophysiology program at the School of Health Sciences in the ‎University of the Valley of Mexico.‎


David Cantor, PhD, Psychology
President, Mind & Motion


Biography: Dr. David Cantor is the CEO and managing partner of BrainDx. He holds a Bachelors Degree ‎with Distinction in Psychology from the University of Connecticut with Honors work in the field of ‎neurophysiological correlates of cross modal integration processes in attention deficit disorders. He ‎also holds Masters and Doctorates in Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook ‎where his dissertation work was on quantitative EEG correlates of Autism. He also holds a post-‎doctoral Masters of Science Degree in Psychopharmacology from Farleigh Dickinson University. He ‎holds Diplomate or Fellow status with many clinical and research societies in the field of psychology ‎and clinical neuroscience and has been a former President of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience ‎Society. He has been accepted for special fellowships including Congressional Fellow of the American ‎Psychological Association and the State of New York Intercampus Fellow in the area of Brain Research. ‎Dr. Cantor is among the pioneers in the clinical use of this technology and is a nationally recognized ‎expert in the field. He uses the technology in his practice in Atlanta, Georgia now, and consults with ‎other many professionals nationally and internationally to help them use the technology more ‎effectively. He has overseen an estimated 20,000 clinical QEEG reports spanning many clinical ‎applications in fields of neurotrauma, neurology, psychiatry, and neuropsychology.‎

 

David Hopper, DC, OMT
My Recess Therapy


Biography: Dr. Hopper received his Doctorate in Chiropractic (DC) from the National University of ‎Health Sciences (NUHS) and his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from Northern ‎Illinois University (NIU). He has worked as a chiropractic assistant and personal trainer/strength and ‎conditioning coach for over 10 years prior to going to school for his doctorate. This gave him a drive to ‎focus on two areas he knew would be vital as a practicing doctor; Preventative & Rehabilitative ‎therapies and Sleep and Breathing related therapies.  In his research Dr. Hopper found oral ‎myofunctional therapy (OMT) to be a useful tool in the conservative treatment of OSA. This rabbit hole ‎lead Dr. Dave to realize the importance of recognizing airway and sleep issues such as; tongue and lip ‎ties, TMJ Dysfunction, sleep disordered breathing (including OSA), insomnia and other concerns. Since ‎practicing OMT, Dr. Hopper has successfully helped patients find freedom from their CPAP machines ‎for OSA by bringing their sleep study scores under that of which would be diagnosable OSA. Dr. ‎Hopper has also helped many sufferers find relief from jaw pain and headaches related to jaw pain.‎

 

Debra Moser, PhD


Dejan Stankovic, Ed.D, BCB
Science Officer


Biography: Dejan Stankovic is a sports psychologist by training with particular expertise in biofeedback, ‎mindfulness, and meditation. Dr. Stankovic teaches mindfulness techniques to numerous high-‎schools, universities and teams in and around the Boston Area.  Dr. Stankovic is Co-founder and CSO ‎of Optivio, where he designs, oversees, and implements all aspects of the company’s services and ‎products offerings. Dr. Stankovic is Board Certified in Biofeedback and a member of the Association ‎for Applied  Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (aapb.org), the Biofeedback Certification International ‎Alliance (bcia.org), and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (aasp.org). His publications ‎include “Mindfulness Meditation Training for Tennis Players” and “Mindfulness Meditation Training as ‎a Sports Psychology Technique”. In addition to his publications Dr. Stankovic has been invited ‎numerous times to present his work at national sports psychology conferences and national ‎biofeedback conferences. Dr. Stankovic received an Ed.D. from Boston University and a B.A. from St. ‎Bonaventure University.‎


Diane Wilson, LCPC BCN
President/Grimard Wilson Consulting, Inc.‎


Biography: Diane Wilson, LCPC BCN has a background in career and executive coaching who specializes ‎in neurofeedback for peak performance. She's in private practice in downtown Chicago. She has an ‎advanced training in brain-based tools including EMDR, Interactive Metronome and listening/music ‎therapy. She is a certified meditation teacher and a student of mindfulness having trained with the Zen ‎Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn and other inspiring teachers of different traditions. She is a former ‎contributing columnist of a Chicago Tribune feature called “Insider” appearing on the cover of the ‎‎“Working” section of the Sunday edition with a distribution of 2.5 million. Her first book, published in ‎‎2004, is called “Back In Control” was a finalist for the Nautilus Books Awards. Nautilus recognizes ‎outstanding literary contributions that help make the world a better place. Previous Nautilus Book ‎winners include Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, Marianne Williamson and Brenda Kingsolver. Diane’s ‎expertise on stress and career management has been featured on a range of television and radio ‎programs including on ABC, NBC, CNN and public radio. While working on her second book, a medical ‎memoir of her concussion journey, Diane attended a 2019 conference on publishing and social media ‎for health care providers at the Harvard Medical School. There she met social media guru, Rusty ‎Shelton, and become inspired with the mission of amplifying the voice of health care. Her passion is to ‎increase awareness of the power of applied neuroscience and it’s ability to transform lives. ‎Neurofeedback was pivotal in the recovery of her own life and career. It became part of her ‎professional services in 2011 after she passed the Board Certification exam with the Biofeedback ‎international Certification Alliance (BCIA) where she is currently a fellow. In 2019, she also earned ‎Certification in Integrative Medicine —Nutrition for Mental Health. Since July 2019, she’s been AAPB's ‎social media consultant and coordinator.‎


Donald Moss, BCB, BCN, BCB-HRV, Licensed Psychologist
Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences,, Saybrook University


Biography: Donald Moss, Ph.D., BCB, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at ‎Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.  There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical ‎hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and integrative/functional nutrition.     Dr. ‎Moss is currently President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also the ethics ‎chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  He ‎has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, and ‎president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).     He has a new ‎book released with co-editor Fredric Shaffer on Physiological Recording Technology and Applications in ‎Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (AAPB) and a second new book with co-author Angele McGrady on ‎Integrative Pathways:  Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer). He also ‎has a book in press with co-editor Inna Khazan on Mindfulness, Compassion, and Biofeedback Practice ‎‎(AAPB).‎


Donna Schuman, PhD, BCB, BCN
University of Texas at Arlington


Biography: Donna Schuman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social work at the ‎University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Professional ‎Counselor. In addition, she holds BCIA certifications in biofeedback and neurofeedback. Dr. Schuman’s ‎research is focused on improving trauma treatment outcomes for military and veteran populations ‎through integrative health interventions. As a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, she ‎collaborated with the Lexington VA to conduct a study on the adjunctive use of heart rate variability ‎biofeedback for veterans with PTSD. For several years, she has taught a course on brain and behavior ‎relationships to graduate social workers. Having worked in a variety of clinical behavioral health ‎settings over the past 20 years, she previously provided clinical biofeedback and neurofeedback ‎services to active-duty Army personnel at Fort Rucker, AL.‎


Erik Peper, PhD
Institute for Holistic Health Studies


Biography: Erik Peper, PhD, BCB, is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation and ‎since 1971 he has been researching factors that promote healing. He is Professor of Holistic Health ‎Studies / Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. He is President of the ‎Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology ‎and Biofeedback. He has a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth (www.biofeedbackhealth.org).  ‎He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, ‎Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, and Biofeedback Mastery.  ‎He publishes the blog, the Peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being ‎‎(www.peperperspective.com). He is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and ‎workplace health. His research interests focus on psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention,, ‎respiratory psychophysiology and optimizing health with biofeedback.‎


Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, PhD
University of South Carolina


Biography: Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, received his degree in Human Physiology in 1988 (Novosibirsk, ‎Russia). He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Wake Forest University in ‎‎2001-2003, and post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Rice University in 2004. Currently, ‎Dr. Sokhadze is Research Professor at University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. He ‎is also gratis Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. ‎His research interests include the application of dense-array EEG/ERP brain mapping, neurofeedback, ‎TMS, and other applied psychophysiological techniques in psychiatric research. Specific ‎psychopathology areas of interest are autism, substance abuse, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and ‎comorbid mental conditions. He is a recipient of Joel Lubar award for Advances in Neurotherapy, and ‎AABP Distinguished Scientist and Honorary Fellowship awards for his contributions to neurofeedback ‎and biofeedback research.‎

 

Frank DeGregorio, Technical Support Director ( Software IT Specialist)‎
Thought Technology


Biography: Frank DeGregorio has a Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) in Computer Science and ‎Networking and a Certificate as a Programming Analyst. He has over 25 years of experience as ‎technical, network, computer and high-level troubleshooting for Thought Technology.  In addition, he ‎has over 18 years of experience teaching BioGraph workshops with Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. and had ‎the opportunity to attend a wide variety of workshops held by clinicians such as Dr. Barry Sterman, Dr. ‎Tanju Surmeli, Dr. Don Moss and Dr. Richard Gevirtz, Dr. Erik Peper and Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson. Frank's ‎extensive knowledge of all the product software and hardware offered by Thought Technology gives ‎him the unique ability to take participants from installation of the software to using it effectively.‎


Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB
Professor of Psychology, Truman State Universit
y


Biography: Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and ‎former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served ‎as Director of Truman’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the ‎Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State ‎University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. Dr. Shaffer was the principal co-editor of ‎Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.) and authored 12 of its chapters. ‎He was a co-editor with Donald Moss of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of ‎Readings. He co-authored with Mark S. Schwartz a chapter on entering the field and assuring ‎competence in Biofeedback: A Practitioner's Guide (4th ed.). He co-authored with Donald Moss, a ‎chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He co-‎authored with Rollin McCraty and Christopher Zerr, the Frontiers in Psychology review article "A ‎healthy heart is not a metronome: An integrative review of the heart's anatomy and heart rate ‎variability." He is a contributing editor for the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is ‎a BCIA-accredited educator for Biofeedback, HRV Biofeedback, Human Physiology, Physiological ‎Psychology, and Psychopharmacology. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart ‎rate variability. Dr. Shaffer is a BCIA Senior Diplomate in Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the ‎Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), director of its Biofeedback and HRV ‎Biofeedback Task Forces, and member of its Neurofeedback Task Force, and Treasurer for the ‎Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).‎


Gabriel E. Sella, MD, BSC, MSc, MPH, PhD(c)‎


Genomary Krigbaum-Pérez, PsyD, BCB, DAAETS, FAAPB, LP
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program


Biography: Genomary Krigbaum-Pérez, PsyD, BCB, DAAETS, FAAPB, LP, in transition to the position of ‎Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency-Casper; with keen ‎interest in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback/neuromodulation modalities. She is invested in ‎clinical work, applied research, training future clinicians, consulting and scholarship. Her work ‎encompasses cross-cultural neuroscience and evidence-based (-informed) interventions/frameworks. ‎Dr. Krigbaum-Pérez is passionate about fostering as well as promoting individual resilience, and quality ‎of life.‎

 

Guy Weissinger, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor/Villanova University


Biography: Dr. Weissinger is a nurse researcher on the intersection of mental health and the ‎healthcare system. His current research focuses on suicide prevention and other mental health ‎concerns of adolescents. Originally a therapist before training as a nurse scientist, he uses rigorous ‎qualitative and quantitative methods to answer complex questions to improve care and systems for ‎people with mental health problems and their families. He works on public health programs working ‎to improve youth-serving systems’ suicide prevention practices and implement mental health ‎screening and response. In addition, he conducts research focused on the role of parents and other ‎caregivers during a youth suicide crisis to improve youth and family outcomes. He has clinical ‎experience in HIV care, emergency medicine, outpatient mental health, and public health nursing. Dr. ‎Weissinger's clinical, teaching, and research practice are all informed by a health equity lens and focus ‎on eliminating health disparities.‎

 

Harry Kerasidis, MD
Center for Neuroscience at CalvertHealth


Biography: Harry Kerasidis, MD, is one of few elite neurologists in the world specializing in the ‎impairment of cognitive and ‎emotional performance resulting from concussions. He holds board ‎certifications in Neurology and Psychiatry, ‎Sleep Medicine, QEEG, and Neurofeedback. He has a 25 ‎year history of clinically treating mild traumatic brain injury ‎and studying the changes of the ‎electrophysiology of the brain as it relates to behavior, cognitive, and emotional ‎function resulting ‎from various brain trauma, including concussions. He has helped patients with a variety of ‎cognitive ‎and behavioral disorders including cognitive impairment due to stroke, sleep deprivation, attention ‎‎deficit disorder, dementia, and traumatic brain injury. Author of the book, Concussionology: ‎Redefining Sports ‎Concussion Management for All Levels, Dr. Kerasidis has developed a ‎comprehensive internet based end-to-end ‎concussion management solution called XLNTbrain Sport.‎

 

Harry van der Lei, PhD
Hourglass Performance Institute


Heather Davidson, PsyD, BCN
Director of Clinical Training and Child & Adolescent Services/Behavioral Associates


Biography: Dr. Davidson has been instrumental in modernizing and expanding training program at ‎Behavioral Associates. She has a passion for supervision and has given many young clinicians the ‎chance to experience bio and neurofeedback treatments for the first time. She is adept at adapting ‎protocols for children in a way that is both fun and effective.‎

 

Heather Hargraves, MA., C.Psych.Assoc. (SP), NMI-3‎
Resident Scientist at Divergence Neuro


Biography: Heather Hargraves is a trauma therapist and researcher and passionate advocate for neuro ‎and mental health practices. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to ‎support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical ‎practice.    Heather’s research interests investigate the neurological underpinnings of various states of ‎consciousness, including dissociation, meditation, psychedelics and various polyphasic states of ‎consciousness, associated with shamanic practices. Her masters research focused on the therapeutic ‎induction of altered states of consciousness, based on research findings related to psilocybin.  ‎Currently, Heather is an advocate for the interface of neurofeedback modalities with psychedelic ‎therapies, with an emphasis on the preparation and integration periods that bookend psychedelic ‎therapies, once they are legalized.‎


Ian Boggero, PhD
University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry


Biography: Ian Boggero, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, College of ‎Dentistry. He is the Director of Psychological Services and the Director for Research in the Orofacial ‎Pain Center. He has previously conducted research on heart rate variability and experimentally ‎induced pain and the effects of a post-exhalation pause on high frequency heart rate variability.‎

 

Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB
Harvard Medical School/Boston Center for Health Psychology and Biofeedback


Biography: Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches ‎and supervises trainees. She is clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and performance ‎excellence training using biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Khazan is the founder ‎of Boston Center for Health Psychology and Biofeedback, working with clients on optimizing their ‎health and performance. Recognized as a pioneer in mindfulness-based biofeedback, Dr. Khazan is a ‎popular speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of biofeedback and ‎mindfulness. She has conducted biofeedback and mindfulness trainings for notable institutions in the ‎US and abroad, including the US Navy Special Warfare, US Army Special Forces, and the Stuttgart ‎Opera and Ballet Company.     Dr. Khazan serves as president of the board of directors for Institute for ‎Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), board member for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology ‎and Biofeedback (AAPB), and Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), where she is ‎currently chair elect.     Dr. Khazan writes for Psychology today, is the author of numerous journal ‎articles and three books, including the highly-regarded Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-‎Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness, and the popular Biofeedback and Mindfulness in ‎Everyday Life: Practical Solutions for Improving Your Health and Performance.‎


Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.‎
Optimal HRV
chief science officer and part owner



Janell L Mensinger, PhD
Associate Professor/Villanova University


Biography: Dr. Mensinger, PhD, FAED, is an interdisciplinary trained scholar with a PhD in health ‎psychology. After completing an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in biostatistics for research in mental ‎health, she has worked in various roles in academic medicine, nursing, and the allied health ‎professions where she serves as an educator, mentor, collaborative researcher, and expert in study ‎design, measurement, and statistical methods. She currently works in this capacity as an Associate ‎Professor and Biostatistician in the College of Nursing at Villanova University. Dr. Mensinger's program ‎of research focuses on novel and accessible approaches to eating disorders treatment and prevention ‎in an effort to address health inequities by reducing barriers to care, especially for individuals who are ‎higher on the weight spectrum and have other marginalized identities. Her present research is seeking ‎to understand how mind-body interventions like biofeedback can facilitate improved interoceptive ‎awareness and resilience in individuals with disordered eating.‎


Jeff Tarrant, PhD, BCN
NeuroMeditation Institute


Biography: Jeff Tarrant, PhD, BCN is the Director of the NeuroMeditation Institute in Eugene, OR.  He ‎is a licensed psychologist and board certified in neurofeedback. Dr. Tarrant is also the Chief Science ‎Officer for Healium, XR, creating biometrically controlled virtual and augmented reality experiences. In ‎addition, Dr. Tarrant is a Scientific Advisor to both Divergence Neuro and Neuphony, creators of cloud-‎based neurofeedback software and wireless EEG headsets.    Dr. Tarrant specializes in teaching, clinical ‎applications, and research combining technology- based interventions with meditative states for ‎improved mental health. His research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of ‎contemplative practices, technological interventions, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Dr. ‎Tarrant is the author of the book, “Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain.”    Most recently, Dr. ‎Tarrant has begun offering preparation and integration support for those working with psychedelic ‎therapies. This work includes using neurofeedback-based approaches to assist in the process.‎


Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.‎
Healium XR, Divergence Neuro, Neuphony
advisor


Joshua Mercadel, MSPH, PhD (c)‎
University of South Carolina


Biography: Joshua Mercadel is a current 3rd year PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the Arnold School ‎of Public health attending the University of South Carolina - Columbia. His research interest includes ‎racial disparities of chronic disease outcomes, cancer risk, and HRV as a tool for assessing risk for ‎disease progression. He completed his Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of South ‎Carolina in 2019. Previous research experience conducted were in the fields of colorectal cancer, HRV ‎biofeedback in chronic pain veterans, and genetics. He is currently a NCI diversity supplemental grant ‎awardee and conducting research on the association of HRV and colorectal cancer risk. Upon ‎graduation Mr. Mercadel is interested in continuing his work in exploring HRV as a tool of screening ‎and increasing access to care through alternative screening methods.‎
No, I have no financial interests to disclose.‎


JP (Jack) Ginsberg, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist
Saybrook University


Biography: Dr. Ginsberg earned his B.S. in Biology cum laude from Yale University,  M.A. in ‎Anthropology from Brandeis University and in Psychology from Boston College, and PhD in Clinical ‎Neuropsychology from the University of Memphis (TN). Presently he is a Licensed Clinical ‎Psychologist/Neuropsychologist in South Carolina. He retired from the Columbia (SC) VA hospital in ‎‎2019 and has been in semi-retirement since then.  He has been a PI, Co-PI or Co-I on grants from the ‎DoD, VA, and NIH. Dr. Ginsberg has advocated for integrative management of chronic pain and PTSD ‎using Autonomic Self-Regulation as a self-empowering mind-body treatment for the past 15 years. He ‎authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications, chapters, and abstracts; ‎served as a scientist reviewer of research grant proposals for NIH, VA, and DoD;  and edited and ‎reviewed numerous published scientific articles. In addition, Dr. Ginsberg has given invited ‎presentations on HRV and HRVB at scientific meetings, academic seminars, and cyber-seminars. He ‎was program Co-Chair of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) special ‎‎50th Anniversary Annual Scientific meeting in Denver, March 2019.‎

Judy Carlson, EdD., MSN, APRN, BCN
Associate Chief Nurse- Research VA Pacific Islands Health Care System


Biography: Dr. Judy Carlson, EdD, MSN, APRN, BCN, is Chief Nurse-Research and Advanced Practice ‎Nurse employed at VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. Previously, she was a Sr. Nurse Scientist at ‎Tripler Army Medical Center for 10 years and prior to that the CEO of her Neurofeedback practice in ‎North Carolina as well as tenured faculty/researcher at several universities on the East Coast. She ‎received an EdD, a research doctorate, from Rutgers University in Program Development and ‎Outcomes Research, her Master of Nursing Science at Hunter University in Bio-Behavioral Nursing, and ‎a Bachelor of Nursing Science at Long Island University.  She received a certificate in Family Nurse ‎Practice from University of Virginia. She is Board-Certified in Neurofeedback for 25 years. As a scientist ‎and neurotherapist, her clinical, research and grant interests involve the investigation of the impact of ‎neurofeedback on many health issues including mTBI, PTSD, pain, depression, and sleep disorders.‎

 

Julian Thayer, PhD
University of California at Irvine


Biography: Dr. Julian F. Thayer received his B.A. with Honors from Indiana University and his Ph.D. ‎from New York University in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative methods. Dr. Thayer has ‎held faculty positions at Penn State University and the University of Missouri. Before moving to the ‎Ohio State University in 2006 as the Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology, Dr. Thayer ‎was Chief of the Emotions and Quantitative Psychophysiology Section in the Laboratory of Personality ‎and Cognition at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Thayer is currently Distinguished University ‎Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine and the Ohio Eminent Scholar ‎Professor in Health Psychology Emeritus at the Ohio State University. He has published over 400 ‎research papers and book chapters covering a wide range of topics including behavioral medicine, ‎cardiology, emotion, psychopathology, bioengineering, research design and multivariate statistical ‎techniques

Justin Doo, BS
Research Assistant , Department of Otolaryngology, Balance & Vestibular Program Boston Children’s ‎Hospital


Karen A. Lawrence, PhD
University of Kentucky


Biography: Karen Lawrence, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky College of ‎Social Work. She has an interdisciplinary background in biomedical science and mental health social ‎work. The goal of her research program is to improve mental health outcomes in traumatized ‎populations and advance understanding of trauma-related disorders to improve prevention and ‎treatment.‎


Katie Fleischman, PhD
Department of Otolaryngology, Balance & Vestibular Program Boston Children’s ‎Hospital/Harvard ‎Medical School


Biography: Katie Fleischman, Ph.D. is a pediatric psychologist at the Boston’s Children’s Hospital’s, ‎Department of ‎Otolaryngology, Balance and Vestibular Program and an Instructor at Harvard Medical ‎School. Dr. Fleischman ‎specializes in research, assessment, and treatment of children and adolescents ‎with acute and chronic medical ‎conditions, with a particular focus on vestibular and pain conditions. ‎Currently, she is conducting research, teaching ‎and providing consultation, psychotherapy, and ‎biofeedback to youth with PPPD (Persistent Postural Perceptual ‎Dizziness), BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal ‎positional vertigo), tinnitus, migraines, headaches, and post concussive ‎syndrome.  Dr. Fleischman has ‎presented on the topic of vestibular disorders, pediatric pain, concussions, migraine, ‎and headache at ‎numerous institutions and conferences.‎

 

Lauren Bethune Scroggs, MS, NCC, CCMHC, LCAS-A, LPC-A
East Carolina University


Biography: Lauren is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Counseling and an experienced counselor.‎

 

Leah Lagos, Psyd, BCB
Dr. Leah Lagos, LLC


Biography: Leah Lagos, PsyD, is a clinical and sport psychologist and BCIA Board Certified ‎biofeedback provider in Manhattan, New York.  She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, with a ‎specialization in sport psychology, from Rutgers University.  During her senior year of graduate school, ‎Dr. Lagos was appointed  as a faculty member of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University to ‎create and operate a biofeedback center for Rutgers' athletes.  Highlights of her work with athletes ‎include conducting interviews for NFL teams, as part of Professional Sports Consultants, for more than ‎‎9 years. Dr. Lagos has served as a consultant to PGA tour players to provide on-site support at ‎tournaments such as the Masters' Tournament in Augusta, GA. Dr. Lagos has also served as a ‎consultant to US Olympians providing consultation and on-site support at venues such as the London ‎Olympics.  As a consulting psychological expert for the media, Dr. Lagos has appeared on the Today ‎Show, NBC Nightly, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated News and ESPN.  She is a consulting ‎editor for Biofeedback Magazine: Clinical Journal and was the Guest Editor of the 2015 spring issue.  ‎She is the Co-Chair of the Optimal Performance Section of the American Association of Physiology and ‎Biofeedback.  Dr. Lagos is also an appointed biofeedback provider for athletes and patients of several ‎hospital programs in the New York metro area.‎


Lew Lim, PhD, DNM, MBA
Vielight Inc.‎

Biography: Dr. Lew Lim is widely recognized as a knowledge leader in photobiomodulation (PBM), ‎particularly related to brain functions. He is the Founder and CEO of Vielight Inc., known for its brain ‎PBM technology. His innovation in the field is positively affecting tens of thousands around the world, ‎whether to address a brain condition or enhancing performance. Currently, his team is involved in ‎various clinical studies indicating PBM for Alzheimer's Disease, traumatic brain injury, meditation, ‎mental and sports performance, and others. Dr. Lim is a neuroscientist, doctor of natural medicine, ‎engineer and chartered accountant. He has completed the various education disciplines at University ‎of California, Berkeley, Quantum University, Sheffield University, Duke University and other ‎institutions.‎

Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.‎
Vielight Inc.‎
Shareholder


Linda Bolin, PhD, MSN, RN, ANP, FAHA
Assistant Professor/East Carolina University


Biography: Dr. Linda Bolin is an Assistant professor in the Department of Nursing Science at East ‎Carolina University (ECU)  in Greenville, North Carolina. She is a faculty member teaching in the ‎undergraduate and doctoral programs in the College of Nursing. She practices as an advanced practice ‎nurse at ECU Brody School of Medicine. Her research focuses on hypertension (HTN) management in ‎the adult population to identify the influences and decisions that formulate behavior. As a nurse ‎practitioner, she utilizes the traditional framework for HTN management, as well as explores the ‎biopsychosocial aspects influencing cardiovascular disease. She received her biofeedback certificate in ‎‎2018 to incorporate complementary approaches and to further investigate primary and secondary ‎preventive measure. She believes that intervening with alternative therapies for those with HTN, could ‎improve symptomatology and quality of life.‎


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Lorrie R Fisher, PhD Applied Psychophysiology, LMFT
Fisher Behavior


Biography: I'm a PhD Applied Psychophysiologist/MFT hypnotherapist.  My practice offers remote ‎neurofeedback and therapy with a focus on trauma, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.  I've had the rare ‎good fortune to study architecture and medicine as foundations for thinking about the problems ‎people present in my practice.  But I insist that my greatest asset is that life has put me before great ‎teachers who are far more brilliant and accomplished than I am.      One day my husband said, "Bunny ‎‎(that's me), your dissertation is boring.  Let me write an interesting program for you to test."  So he ‎stopped working on his project and wrote two new HRV software programs for me.  On top of that, ‎Dr. Paul Lehrer saw me through the dissertation and on to publishing a modification of it with me.  If ‎you have an interest in HRV, then I would love to introduce you to these open source programs (that ‎means free).‎

 

Lukas Bögge, M.S.‎
Memory, Brain & Cognition Laboratory (MC²Lab), University of Paris, Institute of Psychology


Biography: Lukas Bögge is currently a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of ‎Paris. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of ‎Dortmund, Germany in 2017 and his Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on ‎neuroscience at the University of Paris in 2019. In his thesis work he is pioneering the effects of heart ‎rate variability biofeedback in immersive virtual reality on episodic long-term memory and related ‎cognitive functions. To do so he is developing a cognitive training system that allows the visual display ‎of biofeedback via the embodied self in a virtual reality environment. Findings may lay the basis for ‎further research and clinical applications concerned with cognitive remediation and enhancement.‎

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