Northeast Region Biofeedback Society Conference 2016

September 30, 2016


Bessel van der Kolk, MD: The neurobiology of traumatic stress & the potential of HRV and neurofeedback training to reverse some of the damage

Bessel is noted for his research in the area of post-traumatic stress since the 1970s, his work focuses on the interaction of attachment, neurobiology, and developmental aspects of trauma’s effects on people. His major publication, the New York Times bestseller, The Body Keeps the Score, talks about how the role of trauma in psychiatric illness has changed over the past 20 years; what we have learned about the ways the brain is shaped by traumatic experiences; how traumatic stress is a response of the entire organism and how that knowledge needs be integrated into healing practices.


Jeff Carmen, Ph.D.
Unusual Migraine Presentations that Mimic Other Psychological and Neurological Diagnoses

Jeff received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1978 and was licensed as a New York State Psychologist in 1979. He has maintained a private practice in Manlius, NY since then. His practice deals primarily with headaches, especially migraine headaches. He is the developer of the concept of Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography (pIR HEG). He also manufactures and distributes the EZPIR pIR HEG system as well as pIR HEG headsets for other manufacturers.

Tom Collura, Ph.D.
Talk 1 – A systematic comparison and evaluation of four major QEEG databases
Talk 2 – Real-time 4-D Brain Electrical Activation imaging and neurofeedback using sLORETA

Tom has over 35 years experience as a bio-medical engineer and neuro-physiologist. He has conducted clinical research, development, and system design in the areas of evoked potentials, microelectronics, human factors, EEG mapping for epilepsy surgery, and neurofeedback. His work integrates philosophy, psychology, biology, computers, and electronics. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and papers. He holds 3 patents and has 3 patents pending, all in the areas of neurofeedback, electrode technology, and evoked potential methods and systems.

Jay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomate
Talk 1 – qEEG and Medication
Talk 2 – Psychiatric biomarkers and the new RDOC(Research Domain Criteria)
Talk 3 – Deartifacting Using Modern Statistical Techniques-ICA and Blind Source Separation

Jay is recognized as one of the top leaders in the field of EEG and QEEG, and has processed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972. He has served as president of The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, as well as a board member and treasurer of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is a past-president of the Biofeedback Society of California. Jay was the first EEG technologist to be certified in QEEG (1996) and was granted Diplomate status in 2002. He has conducted, published or participated in hundreds of research papers, articles, books and meetings internationally. He continues to lecture on EEG/QEEG at neuroscience meetings worldwide. He has co-authored the textbook on EEG artifacting (2001). Jay remains busy with current projects and publications related to his seminal paper on EEG endophenotypes (2005, Clinical Electroencephalography). He is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Brain Science International and is a popular lecturer worldwide on the topic of QEEG and phenotype identification of neurological disorders.

Harry Kersadis, M.D.
Consussion; intgegrating medical treatment and NF/BF

Dr. Kerasidis received his bachelor of science degree in zoology at George Washington University in 1981. He completed a master of science degree in human physiology at Georgetown University in 1982. He was awarded his doctor of medicine from Georgetown University where he also completed his internship and neurology residency.
In 1991, Dr. Kerasidis was granted a fellowship in clinical neuro-physiology at Georgetown University. His training included clinical experience in epilepsy, involving evaluation of medically refractory seizures for potential surgical intervention, intraoperative electrodiagnostic mornitoring, evoked potentials, topographical mapping, EMG and the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
Dr. Kerasidis has been a member of the Calvert Memorial Hospital Medical Staff since 1992. He has been the Director of Calvert Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center since 1993, and Director of the Stroke Center since 2007, and the Director of the Center for Neuroscience since it began in 2010.
In 1990, Dr. Kerasidis received the Hugh H. Hussey Award for excellence in teaching. He has held teaching appointments at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Georgetown School of Nursing and Georgetown University. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the International Headache Society.
Dr. Kerasidis is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is certified by the American Board of Sleep Disorders. He has been published in several medical journals including Neuroscience Abstracts, Experimental Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience Method, and has presented abstracts to the American Association of Neurologists and the Frank B. Walsh Society.

Cynthia Kerson, PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB
Pre-Conf workshop – NF BCIA Course
Talk 1 – Exercise and the Brain

Cynthia is currently the founder and director of education for APEd (Applied Psychophysiology Education) and adjunct professor at Saybrook University, Dept. of Psychology. She is BCIA certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback, holds certification as a diplomate in QEEG and mentors for both. Cynthia is also on the Board of Directors for the Behavioral Medicine Foundation and AAPB, is vice president of FNNR (Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research), served as president of the AAPB Neurofeedback Section and is two times past president of the Biofeedback Society of California.

Hanno W. Kirk, LICSW, Ph.D.
The Evolution of Neurofeedback into Symptom based Training-Part 1 & 2

Hanno was born in Germany and came to the United States when he was 13. He served as an officer in the US Army during the Vietnam era. He has been an educator/trainer for the past 35 years. He has taught a wide variety of subjects ranging from Political Science, Pastoral Care for Older Persons, Psychology, Sociology and Psychosocial Issues in Medicine. He has been in private practice in Lewisburg, WV, since 1989. From 2003-2007 Dr. Kirk gave all day seminars throughout the United States on “Is it ADHD or Pediatric Bipolar: Differential Diagnosis and Effective Treatment.” From 2008-2011, he gave nationwide seminars on “End of Life Care: Best Practices and Applied Ethics.” His latest focus has been on developing effective treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders and helping parents negotiate special accommodations for such children with schools. He is principal author of “Psychosocial and Behavioral Issues in Medicine.” (2002).

Diana Martinez,M.D., Ph.D.
NF Treaments and Epilipsy

Diana is a medical doctor with a specialty in Neurorehabilitation. She has 10 years of experience treating severe brain injured patients in United States, Mexico, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras. She co-developed an integrative intervention including nutrition and Neurofeedback to rehabilitate neurological conditions. She is the CEO of NeoCemod Mexico, consulting internationally for Neurofeedback professionals. Currently, she combines clinical work and research, studying the effects of Neurofeedback in epilepsy as her Ph.D. thesis. She has been invited to give lectures to BFE and SABA.

Jorge L. Morales-Quezada M.D., Ph.D.
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Applied in Rehabilitation

Jorge is the Associate Research Director of the Neuromodulation Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he collaborates with Dr. Felipe Fregni in the field of noninvasive neuromodulation. His major focus is the exploration of brain stimulation applied in patients with neurological disorders to promote functional recovery, and also in the development of new technologies to be used in neurological rehabilitation.
Dr. Morales-Quezada graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes Medical school with post-graduate training in emergency and intensive care medicine from Centro Hospitalario de Aguascalientes. He also earned his MSc in neuropsychology and rehabilitation from Touro University (New York, USA) and his PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences from De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) with a post-doctoral fellowship in the department of neurobiology, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Neuromodulation laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Currently Dr. Morales-Quezada is a Harvard/NIH T32 fellow in integrative and complementary medicine for the study of the placebo response in pain and neurological rehabilitation.
Dr. Morales-Quezada clinical and research focus includes neurodevelopment, neurorecovery and cognitive neurosciences as well as specifically the use of psychophysiology, neuromodulation and technology development for neurorehabilitation.

Garrett Neske, Ph.D.
The Relationship of Eye Movements to ADHD

Garrett is a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Dr. David McCormick at Yale University, where he uses awake, behaving mice to study the neural mechanisms of optimal perceptual decision making. Dr. Neske received his PhD in neuroscience from Brown University and his BS and neuroscience from New York University.

Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, Ph.D.
Treating Acquired and Inborn Problems: From Post-Concussion Syndrome to Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum – Rationale and Results using Neurofeedback + Biofeedback.

Michael devotes his time to the administration of the Biofeedback Institute and to teaching. When formerly practicing medicine he was Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and chairman of their examinations committee in psychiatry. Numerous professional publications include A Resident’s Guide to Psychiatric Education. While Associate Professor, University of Toronto, he was psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Children’s neurology department. His publications and presentations concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback parallel those of Lynda Thompson, including The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology, Association for Applied Psychophysiology, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, 2003, 48 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and more than 150 presentations in 23 countries on neurofeedback and biofeedback.

Lynda Thompson, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG Registered Psychologist, has experience in teaching, clinical psychology, school psychology, and more. She has been the Executive Director of The ADD Centre® since 1993. She conducts research with self-esteem in hyperactive children treated with methylphenidate, and is the co-author of The ADD Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting and with Dr. M. Thompson, The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology.

—Event Producer