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Click on a speaker’s name to go to the speaker’s page: Greg Alter   |   Terry Argast Ph.D.  |   Rachel Ballon MFT  |   Steve Barnes   |   sandra block   |   Thomas Brod M.D.  |   Valdeane Brown Ph.D.  |   Bernard Brucker   |   Robert Coben   |   Al Collins Ph.D.  |  Dr. tom collura Ph.D.  |   Didier Combatalade   |  Dr. Louis S. Csoka   |   John Demos   |   John Read Ewing M.D.  |   Kamran Fallahpour Ph.D.  |   Les Fehmi Ph.D.  |  Dr Tom Gross   |   Jay Gunkelman   |   Michael Hauge   |   Rob Kall M.Ed.  |   Joe Kamiya   |   gerald paul kozlowski Ph.D.  |   Jeff Labno   |  Dr. Michael Linden Ph.D.  |   John Lowan   |   George Martin M.A.  |   Lewis Mehl-Madrona M.D.  |   Fred Muench Ph.D.  |  Dr. Jan Newman M.D.  |   Ed B O'Malley Ph.D.  |   Len Ochs   |   Sue Othmer   |   Siegfried Othmer Ph.D.  |   Lesley Parkinson Ph.D.  |   Molly Jo Raaymakers M.A.  |   Allen L Roland Ph.D.  |  Dr. Beverly Rubik Ph.D.  |   Robert Schram Ph.D.  |   Gary Schummer   |   Bill Scott   |   Kirby Seid   |   Leslie Sherlin   |   Susan Shor Fehmi   |   Pamela Jaye Smith   |   Richard Soutar   |   Bret Stephenson M.A.  |  Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler Ed.D.  |   Marilyn Stoner   |   Sally Strackbein   |   Paul G Swingle Ph.D.  |   Stan Tatkin Psy.D.  |   Hershel Toomim   |   Colleen Turner Ph.D.  |  Mr. Craig Sim Webb   |   Nancy E. White Ph.D.  |   Bob Whitehouse Ed.D.  |   Nathaniel Zinsser Ph.D.  |  


John Demos

John Demos

EEG Foundations Course #72): Electrode Placement- where, why & how. 

Pre-Conference #86): Getting Started with Neurofeedback; 36 hours of BCIA required training leading to EEG certfication 

Workshop #84): Neurofeedback meets neurology 

Plenary #82): Neurofeedback meets wholistic counseling 


Jay Gunkelman

Jay Gunkelman

Starting in 1972 with the first State Hospital based biofeedback laboratory, and then specializing in EEG for decades, Jay is an experienced Clinical and research EEG/qEEG specialist and consultant. Author of many scientific papers, and a mounting list of books, his depth of understanding of the mind/brain's function is helpful in communicating the underlying mechanisms and systems of the brain, mind, and consciousness. Jay is a popular lecturer world-wide, and he has occupied leadership positions in the field's professional societies. Now with Q-Pro, an international EEG/qEEG services group, he provides services world-wide.

Workshop #173): how the brain works 

Plenary #190): Mind/Brain/Consciousness 

Plenary #8): The neurophysiological substrate of archetype 


Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Lewis Mehl-Madrona graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom, and the upcoming Narrative Medicine.

Plenary #20): Aboriginal models for integration of Brain, mind, spirit, and body 

Workshop #37): PET Scans and Spirits 

Workshop #23): Shaman’s Mind, Shaman’s Work, Shaman’s Dialogue 

Plenary #30): Stories and Transformation 


Allen L Roland

Allen L Roland

My whole life has been a quest to rediscover and share a great truth I knew as a child ~ that beneath our deepest fears lies a state of love and soul consciousness that also lies beyond time and space.That quest included 5 years as a Navy carrier pilot flying supersonic jets ~ 10 years as a successful stock broker with a major wall steet firm and 30 years as a psychotherapist facilitating transformation and jump starting hearts in the process. My ultimate dream was to share that truth I knew as a child with the world ~ which I now do through my published books, monthly radio show and daily weblog which now reaches over 60 countries.






Beverly Rubik

Beverly Rubik

Dr. Beverly Rubik is a leading scientist internationally renowned for her research exploring frontier areas of science and medicine. She specializes in subtle energies in health and healing. In 1979, Dr. Rubik earned her doctorate in biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley. She has published over 60 papers in scientific and medical journals and 2 books.
Dr. Rubik serves on the editorial board of several medical journals, including Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, and Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine. She was one of 18 hand-picked advisors to the original Office of Alternative Medicine at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and she helped launch this new federal office through its startup years, from 1992 through 1997. She also chaired an NIH panel on energy medicine. The American Medical Students Association hired Dr. Rubik to develop the first medical school curriculum on energy medicine, which was also funded by NIH.
In 1996, Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science, a nonprofit research laboratory in Oakland, California to explore subtle energies and energy medicine. In 2002, her Institute was awarded an NIH center research grant to study the human energy field together with scientists at University of Arizona. She and her colleagues have been conducting research on Oriental concepts of subtle energy and practices such as Reiki and qigong. They are building a scientific foundation for understanding the human bioenergy field in health, healing, and optimal performance.
Dr. Rubik also has a clinical practice where she advices people on alternative and complementary health practices.
Beverly Rubik has appeared on numerous television programs throughout the US and worldwide, including a live appearance on “Good Morning America” (ABC-TV), where she presented her work on the human energy field in December 2000.

Plenary #151): Anti-Aging and Longevity: The Slippery Slope From Wellness to Disease and How to Prevent It 

Workshop #122): Oriental Medicine Made Incredibly Easy with the EMAS Device 

Plenary #154): Water---the Matrix of Life, and What to Drink to Stay Healthy 


Pamela Jaye Smith

Pamela Jaye Smith

PAMELA JAYE SMITH is a mythologist, writer, consultant, speaker and award-winning producer-director with twenty-five years in media. She is the author of "INNER DRIVES: How to Write and Create Characters Through the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation" [the chakras]. Her company MYTHWORKS™ offers ‘Applied Mythology for more Powerful Reality’. Clients and credits include Microsoft, Paramount Pictures, Disney, Universal, RAI-TV Rome, Marseille France, GM, Boeing, Pepperdine, Screenwriting EXPO, film festivals, and the US Army (during the Clinton administration).

Plenary #12): ArchePaths: Self-Initiation Through Story 

Workshop #208): Archetypal Ailments: Physiological, Psychological & Philosophical aspects of the chakra system for story character development and personal healing. 

Plenary #229): Creating Our Next Mythologies 



Bob Whitehouse

In private practice and consulting in Boulder and Denver, in pain, stress, anxiety, and educational applications. Started one of nation's first college biofeedback programs in 1974. Former AAPB Board member and Insurance/Legislative chair.

Workshop #95): HEART and BREATH, an Integration of Research and Techniques 

Plenary #96): Insurance Billing and Coding Considerations 


Nathaniel Zinsser

Nathaniel Zinsser

Nate Zinsser is currently the Director of the Performance Enhancement Program at the United States Military Academy’s Center for Enhanced Performance. He earned his PhD in sport psychology at the University of Virginia and has since become an AAASP Certified Consultant and member of the US Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. Dr Zinsser also provides sport psychology training for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, athletes in the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program, and has conducted workshops in performance enhancement for neurosurgeons, musicians and management teams. He is the author of Dear Dr Psych, a sport psychology guidebook for youth sport athletes which won an American Library Association award, five textbook chapters on cognitive techniques for enhancing confidence, and numerous articles on applied sport psychology in trade publications.

Plenary #111): Mentoring Winners 

Workshop #115): Thriving Under Pressure 


Bernard Brucker

Bernard Brucker

Bernard S. Brucker, Ph.D., ABPP
University of Miami School of Medicine

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Bernard S. Brucker is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and Radiology at the University of Miami-School of Medicine. He is a psychologist, Board-certified in Rehabilitation Psychology, who has been a leader in the field of rehabilitation and is currently the Director of the Biofeedback Laboratory at the University of Miami School of Medicine / Miami Jewish Home and Hospital. He has been Chief of the Division of Psychology at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Center from 1981 to 2005. He is the past President of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association and the recent past Chairman of the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council for the State of Florida. Dr. Brucker is currently President of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, President of the Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology, Member of the Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology, President of the Council of Presidents of Psychology Specialty Academies, President of the Florida Brain Injury Association and past Board Member of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Brucker has received the Gil Moss Award from the National Spinal Cord Injury Association for outstanding scientific and clinical contribution to spinal cord injury, the Exceptional Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for microprocessor control of movement in paralyzed muscle, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dade County Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association, the Distinguished Service Award, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychological Association and the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Brucker is one of the founders, and the original Co-Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He is world renowned for developing specific behavioral procedures for restoring function to people with physical disabilities and has numerous publications, chapters, and presentations at scientific meetings.

Workshop #69): Important Variables for Successful Outcomes for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Rehabilitation 

Plenary #68): The Emerging Role of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Neuroplasticity 


Rob Kall

Rob Kall

Rob is the organizer founder of the Winter Brain, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology and StoryCon Meetings. He is president of Futurehealth, Inc., Publisher of and has interests in Positive Psychology as well as being involved in the field of biofeedback/neurofeedback since 1972.
see my more detailed bio, here.

Plenary #189): Conference Welcome And Greeting; Opening Remarks 

EEG Foundations Course #116): History of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback 

Plenary #105): Integrating Peripheral Biofeedback With Neurofeedback 

Plenary #2): Story Mining and Analysis for Political Candidates and Other People who need to Promote Themselves 



John Lowan


Paul G Swingle

Paul G Swingle

Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D. was Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa prior to moving to Vancouver. A Fellow of the Canadian psychological Association, Dr. Swingle was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1998 and during the same time period was Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital where he was also Coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. Dr. Swingle was Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology at Ottawa University from 1972 to 1977 and Clinical Supervisor from 1987 to 1997. He is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is Certified in Biofeedback and neurotherapy.

Plenary #144): Has your get-up-and-go got up and gone? Gussying up the EEG for us seniors.. 

EEG Foundations Course #118): Identification and control of artifact, Overview of QuickQ, Case exxamples on rapid diagnosis and treatment 

Workshop #5): Methods for potentiating neurotherapy 

Pre-Conference #4): Neurotherapy as primary care 

Plenary #139): Treatment of emotional trauma 


Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, practices psychotherapy in Calabasas, California. Dr. Tatkin was a primary inpatient therapist at the John Bradshaw Center, was clinical director of Charter Hospital's intensive outpatient drug and alcohol program, and is a former president of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Ventura County chapter. Trained in developmental object relations, his private practice specialized in the treatment of adolescents and adults with personality disorders. His interests have since branched out toward psycho-neurobiological theories of human attachment, integrating principles of early mother-infant attachment with adult romantic relationships. He speaks to professional audiences on subjects of couples therapy and preventative psychotherapy through early intervention with infants, children and their parents. He has published several articles on the psychobiology of couples' therapy and is currently writing on couples interventions using attachment theory and principles of arousal and affect regulation.

In addition to his private practice, he teaches and supervises first-year family medicine residents at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, through which he is an assistant professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He is also adjunct faculty for Antioch University, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and California Lutheran University. He serves as a consultant and supervisor to the staff and faculty of CALM, a child abuse center in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Tatkin is a veteran member of Allan N. Schore's study group. He has trained in the Adult Attachment Interview through Mary Main and Erik Hesse's program out of University of California, Berkeley. He is a contributing editor on a book with Allan Schore for W.W. Norton & Company due out in Fall of 2006.

Workshop #171): The Four Puzzle Pieces: a psychobiological approach to couples therapy 

Plenary #172): The Primacy of Arousal Regulation In Psychotherapy 


Terry Argast

Terry Argast

Clinical Psychologist for 30 years, now retired. Co-founder of Southern California Society for Ericksonian Psychotherapy & Hypnosis. Author/Co-Author of Rapid Age Regression & Now You Wanted a Trance Demonstrated Today. Taught many hypnosis training workshops and a frequent presenter at the Milton Erickson Congresses.

Plenary #19): The clinical application of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES): The best kept secret in medicine. 


Thomas Brod

Thomas Brod

Thomas M. Brod, MD, DFAPA is a faculty member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA. He has chaired the course on Neurofeedback at the American Psychiatric Association annual meetings for the past four years. In late 2005-early 2006 he organized and chaired two conferences for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles tied to their exhibition entitited, "Ecstasy: In and About Altered States". In May 2007, he will chair a symposium on psilocybin research at this year's American Psychiatric Association annual meeting.

Workshop #14): MYSTERIES OF NF SUCCESS: What's Happening When"Nothing's Happening"? 

Plenary #100): NIGHTLIGHT TRAINING: Using Neurofeedback with the Dying 

Plenary #99): Non-Linear Dynamic Neurofeedback: Wrangling Information For the Brain-Computer Interchange 


Valdeane Brown

Valdeane Brown

Dr. Valdeane W. Brown is an internationally recognized "trainer of trainers", who teaches and consults widely on personal and organizational transformation and computer systems. With a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a background in math, physics, computer programming, philosophy, yoga, meditation and martial arts, Dr. Brown brings a presence and precision to his work, informed by a deep sense of compassion, a profound facility with energy dynamics and commitment to revealing the elegant simplicity inherent in learning and transformation. Developer of the Five Phase Model and co-creator with his wife Sue of the Period 3 Approach to Clinical Neurofeedback, Dr. Brown has realized his vision of a truly comprehensive training system in NeuroCARE Pro©, which he personally designed and implemented, meticulously integrating it with Sue’s practical wisdom and experience. Dr. Brown provides comprehensive training, consultation and supervision to fellow professionals and healers as well as his clients, and is frequently called upon by colleagues to assist in resolving difficult clinical situations. His vision in bringing NeuroCARE Pro® to the world is to make personal transformation effortless and available to all.

Plenary #40): Awakening Bodhicitta: A Fundamental Framework For Understanding the Transformative Potential of Neurofeedback 

Post-Conference #94): Beginner’s Guide To NeuroCARE Pro: How To Get Up and Running Today! 

Plenary #89): CARE® in the Real World 

Plenary #191): How Can Non-localized Neurofeedback Training Work Without Being “Global”? 

Workshop #196): Using Non-Linear, Dynamical Measures of Change: Keeping Neurofeedback Training Safe and On Target 

EEG Foundations Course #92): ZenX Modes and Self-Referencing, Self-Correcting Neurofeedback: The Complex Becomes Truly Simple to Use 


tom collura

tom collura

Dr. Collura has over 30 years experience as a biomedical engineer and neurophysiologist.  He has conducted clinical research and development and system design, in the areas of evoked potentials, microelectronics, human factors, EEG mapping for epilepsy surgery, and neurofeedback.  His graduate work focused on the real-time measurement of visual and auditory evoked potentials, and relationships with selective attention in a vigilance task.  He then spent 8 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories as a technical staff member and supervisor in the areas of integrated circuit technology, computer graphics, networking, and man/machine interfaces.  He then served from 1988 to 1996 on the Staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he conducted research and development in EEG mapping for epilepsy surgery, long-term EEG monitoring, and DC brain potentials.  As a consultant to industry, he has designed software and hardware for computerized tomography, automated radiometry, and automated imaging.  Since 1995, he has been founder and president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and papers.  He has 2 patents and 3 patents pending, all in the areas of neurofeedback, electrode technology, and evoked potential methods and systems.  His current interests focus on research and development of automated neurofeedback systems, evoked potential neurofeedback, and low-cost quantitative EEG.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio and Illinois, is a past board member of the International Society for Neuronal Regulation (ISNR), and is president-elect of the Neurofeedback Division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Plenary #120): Brain, Mind, and Neurofeedback - The Next 10, 20 years, and Beyond, 

Workshop #121): Coherence, Synchrony, and the Rest: Putting it all together with 2-channel training 

Plenary #206): Neurophysics - A 21st Century Science of the Mind 

EEG Foundations Course #213): Origins of Brain Electrical Activity 

Plenary #119): Real-time synchronous gamma training made easy. 

Post-Conference #230): Technical Foundations of Neurofeedback - One Day Course / BCIA 



Michael Linden

Michael Linden, Ph.D. has been the director of ADD Treatment Centers in Orange County & San Diego for 15 years. He was one of the pioneers in Neurofeedback and QEEG assessment for ADD in the 1990s and conducted several research studies with Joel Lubar & Vince Monsatra.

Recently, he has been conducting research on QEEG subtypes on Autism & Aspergers and using them to increase the efectiveness of Neurofeedback. His recent research will be published in the Journal of Early & Intensive Behavioral Intervention.

Plenary #170): A new Approach to Working with Autistic & Aspergers Patients, Including Violent Ones 

Workshop #169): The Autism/Aspergers/ADD Subtype Connection 


Ed B O'Malley

Ed B O'Malley

BS in Psychology SUNY Stony Brook, PhD Neurobiology Cornell Univer (1992), PostDoc Sleep Research NYU (1992-94), Sleep Medicine Fellowship NYU (1994-96), Research Assistant Professor of Medicine NYU School of Medicine, and Director Norwalk Hospital Sleep Disorders Center 1996-present

Plenary #126): From Neurofeedback to Sleep: Recognize and Manage Sleep Disturbance to Enhance Neurofeedback Efficacy 

Workshop #127): From Neurofeedback to Sleep: Tools and Techniques to Recognize and Manage Insomnia to Enhance Neurofeedback Efficacy 

Workshop #130): Psychoneurenergenetics and Neurofeedback : A Bridge Between East and West? 

Plenary #132): Psychoneurenergetics and Neurofeedback: A Bridge Between East and West? 


Sue Othmer

Sue Othmer

Sue Othmer is Clinical Director of the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, California. She has been involved in clinical research and the development of EEG biofeedback protocols since 1988. She teaches professional training courses in EEG biofeedback, and presents clinical research findings in professional forums.

Plenary #43): Beyond Good And Bad Brainwaves: A New Understanding Of Rewards And Inhibits 

EEG Foundations Course #136): Neurofeedback – A Clinical Model 

Workshop #64): Reward And Inhibit Strategies: Recent Advances in Theory and Practice 


Siegfried Othmer

Siegfried Othmer

Siegfried Othmer has been active in neurofeedback for more than twenty years, through instrumentation development, clinical research, and the conduct of professional training courses.

Plenary #193): "The Self-Regulation Regime: Conceptual and Practical Reunification of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback" 

EEG Foundations Course #200): Brain Models Underlying Neurofeedback 

Plenary #80): Simplicity and Complexity in Neurofeedback 

Workshop #81): Theoretical Models Underlying Neurofeedback 


Bill Scott

Bill Scott

Bill Scott is a co-investigator of a research project studying somatization disorders at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D. He’s in the design process of a study investigating brain states during mindfulness meditation with Jeffery Schwartz, M.D. and Barry Sterman, Ph.D. He recently developed a new neuroimaging technology that creates a fractal signature from EEG and is successfully utilizing this technology as a form of EEG biofeedback in a process termed BrainPaint®. He is the first author and principal investigator of a controlled study on addictions (n=121) which was published in August 2005 in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, with David Kaiser, Ph.D, Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D, and Steven Sideroff, Ph.D.

Bill was also the principal investigator and first author of an addiction research project that yielded a 79% success rate with Native American alcoholics. This study was with Dr. Eugene Peniston (in press). An interview with Bill by the Psychiatric Times was published as a feature article. Bill and David Kaiser presented research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science with Dr. David Kaiser. He trained the researchers Dr. John Gruzelier and Dr. Tobias Egner (members of Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Behaviour, Imperial College Medical School) in the use of alpha-theta protocols. The results of this research project so improved music abilities among Royal Conservatoire of Music students that the Conservatoire adopted these protocols into the school’s curriculum.

Bill has been published in the January 2000 issue of Clinical Electroencephalography (EEG), an official journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS). He contributed a chapter on alpha-theta EEG biofeedback in Jim Robbins' Book, "A Symphony in the Brain." He has presented his research and has taught workshops with Tom Brod, M.D. on anxiety disorders at three American Psychiatric Associations annual conventions.

In association with Michael Hoffman, Bill is also currently involved with the Narcotics Division of the American Embassy in South America where they are teaching their protocols to other researchers in order to quickly replicate their work in Latin America. He participated in the 4th annual Meeting of Experts on Demand Reduction for the Organization of American States.

Bill has been training EEG biofeedback practitioners since 1996 and has taught over two thousand of them at this time. He’s most passionate about evaluating and demonstrating EEG biofeedback’s effectiveness through research, refining assessment, improving protocol selection, measuring outcomes and discovering innovative ways to transfer his knowledge to practitioners and research teams. He’s been in private practice since 2000 in West Los Angeles and Malibu.

Plenary #231): Bypassing the Mind; "Brainpainting" 



Kirby Seid

Kirby Seid has traveled the world for crystals, fossils and ancient artifacts with his mineral business, has taught workshops and designed tools for spiritual practices for the past 25 years. Kirby has a B.A. degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz and teaches Light Labyrinth workshops across the US and leads seminars at Omega Institute in New York. He has been developing the Light Labyrinth Project in collaboration with artists and scientists who have worked with the Exploritorium in San Francisco and Apple Computers.

Plenary #237): Neo Shamanic Mediatation with Light, Crystal and Brainwave Technology 

Workshop #192): Neo Shamanic Meditation with The Light Labyrinth: Light, Crystal and Brainwave Technology 


Richard Soutar

Richard Soutar

Workshop #24): An EEG Based Inventory For Neurofeedback Professionals 

Plenary #117): Measuring Transformation 



Greg Alter

25 years experience in bio and neuro feedback with multiple modalities, combining psychotherapy with biofeedback.


Rachel Ballon

Rachel Ballon

Rachel Ballon, Ph.D., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Westwood and an international writing consultant, who has taught writing and poetry as a therapeutic tool to mental health professionals and health care practitioners including UCLA, UC Irvine, CSUN, and conferences worldwide. Dr. Ballon was one of the pioneers who studied with Dr. Arthur Lerner when he founded his Poetry Therapy Institute. She’s also a screenwriter, lecturer, teacher, and author of four widely-acclaimed books - Blueprint For Writing: A Writer's Guide to Creativity Craft and Career, The Writer's Sourcebook: From Writing Blocks to Writing Blockbusters, Breathing Life Into Your Characters: How to Give Characters Emotional and Psychological Depth, and Blueprint For Screenwriting: A Writer's Guide To Story Structure And Character Development. She uniquely incorporates elements of successful screenwriting (such as, structure, plot, character transformational arc, theme, dialogue) into her therapeutic writing work with clients.

Plenary #6): Stories we live by stories we tell; Healing mind and body through Fast Flow Writing™ 

Workshop #7): The Therapeutic Use of Story as an Adjunct in the Counseling Setting 



Steve Barnes

Plenary #242): Entering and Sustaining Flow. 

Plenary #198): Structure and Flow 

Workshop #197): The LifeWriting Approach to Writing and Life 



sandra block

Plenary #21): The connection between fairy tale themes and DSM-IV diagnostic catagories 



Robert Coben

Plenary #42): Neurofeedback For Autism: Empirical Validation and Theoretical Framework 


Al Collins

Al Collins

Al Collins has Ph.D.s in two fields, Indian studies and clinical psychology. His professional and scholarly work involves integrating these areas. A neurofeedback practitioner for eight years, he has published widely in Indian psychology, Jungian psychology, psychoanalysis, mens' psychology, and the psychology of film.

Workshop #108): Mindfulness and neurofeedback: integral treatment of ADHD, anxiety, and depression 

Plenary #106): Neurofeedback as a Purushartha Practice ("for the sake of the self") 

Plenary #216): Tales of the "Fatherson": The Son's Rejection and Renewal of the Father in American Narrative 



Didier Combatalade

Didier Combatalade, D.C. is the Research Manager at Thought Technology. Didier has over 20-years experience in the healthcare industry as a clinician and in biomedical software development. Following 7-years of clinical chiropractic work in both private practice and in a large, multidisciplinary clinic, he pursued further training in electronics and computer systems. Didier has developed printed and multimedia materials for user training and is a seasoned instructor who is very easy to follow and knows how to make material interesting. Didier is a regular presenter at the annual conferences of the AAPB, ISNR & BFE.

Workshop #240): Peripheral biofeedback with BioGraph Infiniti 



Louis S. Csoka

Detailed Bio
President & Founder Apex Performance, has designed, developed, and
implemented Leadership Development programs with primary focus on sustained peak performance. He has successfully delivered targeted results as a performance consultant with various organizations across a multitude of disciplines and industries. He has worked with organizations in applying peak performance technology as the primary lever for achieving extraordinary results. Dr. Csoka’s engagements have focused on the following areas:

• Creating Peak Performance Centers and providing peak performance skills training
• Designing and implementing performance-based leadership frameworks and programs
• Providing Executive Performance Coaching
• Developing high-performance executive teams
• Training and developing athletes in mental skills for sustained peak performance

Workshop #148): Five Points to Reach Peak Performance 

Plenary #180): Inner Game of Leadership: Principles for Sustaining Peak Performance Under Pressure 


John Read Ewing

John Read Ewing

Graduate of UNM School of Medicine 1995
Taught Family Medicine for 3 years
Worked in a busy ER for 3 years
Is currently working at an Integrative Medicine Clinic doing Family and Holistic Medicine

Plenary #9): The Human Operating System 


Kamran Fallahpour

Kamran Fallahpour

Kamran Fallahpour, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in clinical and research applications of neuropsychophysiology. He is the director of Brain Resource Assessment and Treatment Center of New York and the Director of the Neurofeedback Consortium for The Brain Resource Company International, an International consortium of researchers, who have established a standardized benchmark in databasing the human brain through unprecedented levels of integration and quality control. He is also the co-founder of Brainquiry, a manufacturer of state-of-the art wireless biofeedback and neurofeedback equipment. In addition to his clinical practice and research activities, he remains active in design and refinement of physiological and cognitive monitoring systems and human-computer interface.

Plenary #146): Development and ageing across the lifespan using common 

Plenary #128): Golf performance enhancement by means of real-life neurofeedback training based on personalized event-locked EEG profiles 



Les Fehmi

Les Fehmi, Ph.D., Director, Princeton Biofeedback Centre, Princeton, New Jersey, 609-924-0782,, founding member of the Biofeedback Society of America (now AAPB). For over thirty years he has conducted research and practiced clinically in the area of attention and EEG biofeedback . He developed Open Focus(TM) training and specializes in multi-channel, phase-synchrony neurofeedback.

EEG Foundations Course #51): Open Focus(tm) and Brain Synchrony Training - Foundations 





Tom Gross

Dr. Tom Gross, a chiropractic Neurologist, is an innovator who relentlessly strives to improve and find new ways to bring optimal function to human health and wellness. He has integrated leading edge ideas in the fields of Neurology, Physiological Psychology, Biochemistry and Applied Kinesiology to bring forth a more holistic view of human vitality. He possesses an inner drive to unravel the "big picture" to find the root causes of sub-optimal health. His approach to restoration of optimal health hinges on identifying and providing exactly what the body needs in order to promote self-healing and self-regulation. He has an unwavering commitment to clinical research and a vision for the integration of the Allied Health fields. He has a passion to see people healed and restored and wants to bring extraordinary health care into your neighborhood.

Plenary #209): Brain Centered Whole Person Healing for AD/HD 

Plenary #215): Modern Neuron Theory and Functional Restoration 


Michael Hauge

Michael Hauge

MICHAEL HAUGE is a script consultant, screenwriter, author and lecturer who works with filmmakers and executives on their screenplays, film projects and development skills. He has coached writers or consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, Columbia, New Line, Joel Silver Prods., CBS, Lifetime, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Lopez, Val Kilmer and Julia Roberts.

Michael also consults with attorneys, psychologists, corporations and individuals on employing story principles in their projects, their presentations, and their work with clients and patients.

Michael’s book Writing Screenplays That Sell, now in its twenty-eighth printing for HarperCollins, is a definitive reference book for the film and television industries. His highly anticipated new book, Sell Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, will be published next year by Michael Wiese Productions, followed by Character: A Guide for Writers, Actors, Filmmakers and Storytellers.

Michael has presented seminars and lectures to more than 30,000 participants throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Screenwriting Association and the Advisory Board for Scriptwriter Magazine in London.

He can be reached through his web site at





Joe Kamiya

Joe Kamiya

Dr. Kamiya is generally acknowledged as the father of the field of EEG Biofeedback / Neurofeedback. He first worked with brain self regulation at the University of Chicago, 47 years ago. He spent much of his career at UC San Francisco Langley Porter Institute.

EEG Foundations Course #243): "The Past, Present and Future of Biofeedback". 

Plenary #245): ...the next 10, 20, 30 years 


Plenary #77): Next Challenge for Biofeedback: The Basic Science of Consciousness 


gerald paul kozlowski

gerald paul kozlowski

B.S. Aquinas College, M.S. Michigan State University, Ph.D. University of Illinois Champain-Urbana, Currently neurotherapist at Neurotherapy Center of Dallas. BCIA-EEG Fellow.

Workshop #207): Structural-functional correlates of neurofeedback 



Jeff Labno

Plenary #129): EEG and Mind Machines 



George Martin

Workshop #211): Advanced BioExplorer Workshop 

Plenary #166): Entropy, Information, and Flexibility 

Plenary #176): Neurofeedback with adolescents in The System 



Fred Muench

Fred Muench is the Director of Clinical Research and Development at Helicor, a biofeedback company. Prior to his current position, he was an Instructor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at New York University.

Plenary #241): The StressEraser: Overview and Pilot Study Findings 


Jan Newman

Jan Newman

Dr. Newman is a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Surgeons and Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine who has studied and practiced biofeedback and meditation since 1976.She utilized meditation and biofeedback techniques in her residency and surgical practice both personally and for her patients to aid them in stress reduction, smoking cessation and pain management. She spent a year studying gastrointestinal physiology including the Brain Gut axis and contributed chapters to Gastrointestinal Endocrinology. Over the last 10 years She has studied and practiced yoga and Buddhism with spiritual masters including the Dalai Lama, learned new biofeedback modalities, and completed her Master's of Arts in Fine Arts with a major in integrated arts and education at the University of Montana. She guest lectures to teachers in the Master's Degree Program at the University of Montana. She utilizes a multimodality approach to illustrating how combining medicine, biofeedback and the arts can further health, human development and promote learning, stress management and wellness. She has presented at the Winter Brain Meeting on "Walking the Spiritual Path and It's Relationship to Health and Disease and Neuro and Biofeedback.". She is founder of Meditation for Modern Man a start-up organization whose mission is to foster individual, organizational and community multimodality therapy, education and research to promote health, compassion, and wellbeing. She is currently on the steering committee of the Western Montana Integrative Health Alliance. She is also a poet, freelance writer and photographer.


Len Ochs

Len Ochs

Len Ochs is a psychologist in private practice, having done biofeedback since 1975 and psychotherapy since 1966. He is considered one of the pioneers in biofeedback especially in the area of instrumentation development.

Pre-Conference #13): LENS Introductory Training 

Plenary #226): Neurofeedback as a Catalyst for Maturation in Rehabilitation 

Workshop #224): The Photonic Stimulatoras an Adjunct to Neurofeedback 



Lesley Parkinson

Clinical Psychologist in London, UK, providing a specialist practice applying Neurofeedback and other psychophysiological interventions to clients with a range of conditions including MTBI, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy, Fatigue Disorders, Impaired Memory and Concentration.
Also performance enhancement for athletes, creative artists, musicians and pressured executives.

Plenary #201): The Effects of Neurofeedback and HRV Biofeedback on Dance Performance 

Workshop #78): The Treatment of Fatigue States 


Molly Jo Raaymakers

Molly Jo Raaymakers

Molly Raaymakers, MA, LLP has a private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She began as a Biofeedback Therapist for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Pain & Headache Program 1993. She joined S.M.M.M.H.C Wege Institute for Holistic Medicine in 1999, establishing her private practice in 2002.



Robert Schram

Dr. Schram was born in Newark, New Jersey and has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Public Administration. He is a divorced father of two grown sons. He has always treasured the joy of laughter and is blessed to be employed as Executive Director of BARC in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He has experienced many of life's ups and downs. He enjoys reading, travel, golf, professional basketball, classical music, opera, spiritualism, yoga, meditation, teaching, helping others, and children.

Robert H. Schram, D.P.A has been Executive Director of BARC since 1977 serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Dr. Schram is the Founder and President of the Rehaschra School of Yoga and Meditation. He also teaches at the college level and does consulting work for business. He was promoted to Fellow in the American Association on Mental Retardation for meritorious service in 1990. Dr. Schram holds certificates in: Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School; Leadership from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Desales University; Medical Ethics from the University of Penn Medical School; Dispute Resolution from the Ford Motor Company.

Plenary #179): "Thought Control/Modification Through Meditation" 

Workshop #161): Maximize Life by Living for Peace, Harmony, and Joy 



Gary Schummer

Workshop #97): Neurofeedback Treatment of Dyslexia 

Plenary #203): Success Builds Sucess: Beyond the Double Blind 


Leslie Sherlin

Leslie Sherlin

Leslie Sherlin received his undergraduate degree and first years of graduate school from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville while working in the Brain Research and Neuropsychology laboratory of Dr. Joel Lubar, a pioneer in neurofeedback with attention disorders. To further the integration of advanced EEG imaging he went to the Key Institute for Mind Brain Research in Zurich, Switzerland to learn Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) directly from the developer Dr. Roberto Pascual-Marqui. Following this training he co-founded Nova Tech EEG, Inc. to facilitate the development and widespread distribution of powerful, flexible and accessible tools for the Brain Electromagnetic Research. He remains the president of Nova Tech EEG, Inc.

He holds the degree of Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and is currently a doctoral candidate (Ph.D.) in Psychology. Following his first 5 years of intensive research in QEEG and LORETA, he was employed in Scottsdale, AZ practicing QEEG analysis and neurotherapy clinically for 3 years. In addition to being president of Nova Tech EEG, Inc, he currently is adjunct faculty at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ teaching QEEG and neurofeedback; is a neurofeedback practitioner at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center; and is employed by Q-Metrx, Inc. in Burbank, CA, a QEEG analysis service. He is certified at the Diplomate level in QEEG and Neurotherapy, is a Board Certified Neurotherapy Instructor and a Certified Biofeedback Practitioner.

Plenary #221): Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) in Monozygotic Twins Discordant for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) 

Workshop #223): sLORETA- what is it and what does it mean to me? 



Susan Shor Fehmi

Susan Shor Fehmi, M.S.W., Executive Director, Princeton Biofeedback Centre, Princeton, New Jersey, 609-924-0782,, has been teaching Open FocusJ and neurofeedback for over twenty fiveyears, specializing in multi-channel, phase-synchrony, brain wave training. She has long been interested in the integration of neurofeedback, attention training, and psychodynamic psychotherapy


Bret Stephenson

Bret Stephenson

Bret Stephenson is an adolescent counselor who has worked with teens from more than 100 countries. Specializing in archetypal adolescent approaches, he specializes in issues related to the loss of initiation and rites of passage.

Plenary #60): A Mile Wide and An Inch Deep: Modern Adolescent Discontent & America's Shallow Approach to Teens 

Workshop #218): Archetypal Adolescent Development: Controlling the Uncontrollable 

Workshop #58): Why 'Just Say No' Just Hasn't Worked: Teens and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (B) 


Diane Roberts Stoler

Diane Roberts Stoler

Author: Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
International Speaker and Trainer
Survivor of 2 TBI and an ABI
Caregiver of 2 TBI family members
Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider

Workshop #164): Marketing: Neurofeedback: A New Frontier 

Plenary #182): Neuroband 

Plenary #183): Setting up a Neurofeedback Practice. 



Marilyn Stoner

#246): NIGHTLIGHT TRAINING: Using Neurofeedback with the Dying 


Sally Strackbein

Sally Strackbein

Sally Strackbein helps people express themselves in business and socially. She speaks and facilitates communication and story workshops. She has appeared on shows such as, NBC Nightly News, with Tom Browkaw, Fox News, NPR Marketplace, This is America with Dennis Wholey, and numerous other radio and television shows in the United States, France, Germany, Hungary, Australia and more.

Plenary #112): Storytelling - the World's Greatest Marketing Tool, How to Create Stories That Persuade, Motivate and Sell 

Workshop #114): Storytelling for Business Success 


Hershel Toomim

Hershel Toomim

Lifetime in innovative research resulting in many honors, patents, and pioneering development of biofeedback computer based instrumentation including Biocomp 2010 followed by invention of hemoencephalography (HEG)

Workshop #204): All You Ever Wanted to Know About HEG 

Plenary #220): HEG Focus Training (Attention Index) 

EEG Foundations Course #205): Hemoencephalography (HEG): A New Form of Neurofeedback With Potential for Enhancing Brain Function in Multiple Conditions 

Plenary #75): symposium Hershel Toomim, Rob Coben discuss HEG improvements in clinical practiice. 


Colleen Turner

Colleen Turner

Colleen Turner, Ph.D. (Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Retired) is a communications consultant and trainer whose client range includes Vista Disney, The California Endowment, the U.S. Army Tank Command, and UCLA's interfaith University Religious Conference. More recently her focus has been on advancing U.S. foreign policy towards positive outcomes. She has designed terrorist defense scenarios and has been tasked to make national level recommendations for the enhancement of international communications. Her research paper entitled: Best Practices for Inspiring Pro-American Sentiment was selected for website publication by the University of Southern California's School of Public Diplomacy: She is the author of a small book that blends proven winning methods from a variety of arenas entitled "Communication for Transforming 'No Way' into 'Way to Go!'"

Plenary #149): Best Practices For Inspiring Hearts and Minds: A Military Officer’s Quest To Wage Peace 

Workshop #52): Everyday Olympics: Coach yourself to achieve breakthrough outcomes by shifting paradigms 


Craig Sim Webb

Craig Sim Webb

Craig Webb, frontier physicist and Executive Director of the DREAMS Foundation (, is a dream and consciousness researcher, author, public speaker, and inventor. He's been involved in pioneering dream and lucid dream research at Stanford University and Montreal’s Sacré-Coeur Hospital, helped found and produce Making Contact (a progressive radio show airing on ~200 stations for over a decade), and has made hundreds of media/public/corporate/academic appearances.

Plenary #83): Precognitive Dreams and the Everyday Physics of Free Will 


Nancy E. White

Nancy E. White

Dr. Nancy White, a licensed psychologist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Sex Therapist, stands as one of the original clinical practitioners of Neurotherapy. She is founder and Clinical Director of The Enhancement Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. White is a Diplomate in Neurotherapy, a Quantitative EEG Diplomate, a Fellow of the International Society for Neuronal Regulation, a Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America – EEG specialty, and a consulting editor for the Journal of Neurotherapy. She is author of a number of groundbreaking articles in the field, has contributed a chapter to the Academic Press book, Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback, edited by Evans and Abarbanel, and has presented at conferences and symposia both nationally and internationally. Dr. White is listed in Who’s Who In Medicine and Healthcare and in Who’s Who In America.

Plenary #54): The Alarming Rise in Mental Illness Linked to Increased Drug Use: Causes and Prospective Solutions 

EEG Foundations Course #88): Transpersonal and Energy Considerations in Biofeedback 

Workshop #57): Trauma Resolution: A Multi-Modality Approach