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Bessel A. Van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.
Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater, and EMDR.
He is founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Trauma Center consists of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applies treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide. He also created the Trauma Research Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Trauma Center, that is organized to promote clinical, scientific and educational projects.
His most recent 2014 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.
Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.
Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Thomas Collura, PhD, Founder and president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. Formerly at AT&T Bell Laboratories working on integrated circuit technology, computer graphics, networking, and man/machine interfaces. He holds 3 patents and has 3 patents pending, in the areas of neurofeedback evoked potential methods. Past President of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).
David Hagedorn, PhD, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Science Officer, Evoke Neuroscience, Inc, Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - School of Medicine.
Paul A. Frewen, PhD, C.Psych: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Chair, Traumatic Stress Section, Canadian Psychological Association. Author of 35 papers on trauma, affect regulation, mindfulness, dissociation, and the self. Co-author (with Ruth Lanius), Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment.
Rex L Cannon, PhD, Co-Founder, Chief Science Officer/Chief Operations Officer and Chair: Neural Potential LLC. Former Director of Neurocognitive Testing: Cole Neuroscience Center. University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Past President International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).
Sebern Fisher, MA, LMH, BCN is an internationally recognized expert on the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma and best-selling author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain. She has been working with traumatized people for over 35 years and has integrated Neurofeedback and psychotherapy in her treatment of developmental trauma in adults and adolescents for the past 20 years.
Prior to adopting Neurofeedback, Sebern was the clinical director of a residential treatment program for severely disturbed adolescents for 15 years. While there she introduced the understanding of the impact of attachment rupture and was the first to implement DBT in a residential setting.
Sebern consults and trains on the integration of Neurofeedback and therapy, nationally and internationally.
Financial: Sebern Fisher is in private practice. She is an author for W.W. Norton and receives royalties. She receives a speaking fee from EEGer. Ms. Fisher receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Sebern Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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