Neuroregulation: Trauma to Triumph
19-20 November 2016, SMC Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney, AUST
Help celebrate the 10th Annual Conference of ANSA - the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia!!
Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery. 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 in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.
Sebern Fisher is a psychodynamic psychotherapist with a primary interest in the importance of secure attachment throughout the life span. She incorporated neurofeedback into her clinical practice in 1997. Emerging theory in all schools of psychotherapy is focused on the importance of affect regulation. After more than ten years of work with neurofeedback, Sebern has come to believe that the single most important contribution of neurofeedback is regulation of affect, and further that the most important affect to regulate is fear. In pursuit of this, she discovered the site FPO2, “the gateway to the amygdala”, in 1999, and uses it specifically to quiet fear and reactivity. Sebern was the Clinical Director of a residential treatment centre for severely disturbed adolescents for fifteen years, where she implemented the first milieu DBT program in the US. She has a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, working primarily with PTSD, personality disorders and attachment. Sebern speaks nationally and internationally on psychotherapy, attachment, neurofeedback, trauma and recovery, and on integrating psychotherapy and neurofeedback.
Cynthia Kerson, is currently the founder and director of education for APEd (Applied Psychophysiology Education), the clinical director of Marin Biofeedback in San Rafael, California, 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, FNNR (Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research), AAPB, is president of the AAPB Neurofeedback Section and is two times past president of the Biofeedback Society of California. In her role as the vice president for FNNR, she coordinates the grant program and oversees its publishing arm. Her role with APEd is to develop introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in the specialized areas of brain training and EEG analysis. She teaches the EEG Biofeedback, QEEG, Advanced Neurofeedback and Stimulation Technologies courses at Saybrook University Specialty in Applied Psychophysiology program as well as chairs dissertations in applied neuromodulation. Her research interests are in neuromodulation and uses of applied psychophysiology for ADHD, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Within her clinic, she specializes in biofeedback training for attention issues, hypertension, addiction disorders, pain management and anxiety.
Leslie Sherlin, completed his undergraduate degree and first years of graduate school from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he became interested and exposed to quantitative EEG and psychophysiology regulation. For 5 years he was a research assistant working in the Brain Research and Neuropsychology laboratory as a student of Joel Lubar, PhD, a pioneer in neurofeedback. He has the degrees of BA in Psychology, MS in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Psychology. Beginning in 2008 Dr. Sherlin focused his efforts in the domain of athlete and elite performance when he co-founded SenseLabs and operates as the Chief Science Officer. SenseLabs is a company that specializes in researching and creating paradigms for high performance in elite individuals and developing tools for broader applications in healthy populations. From May 2012 - May 2013 he completed his professional re-specialization in sport psychology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sport psychology with Pinnacle Performance at D.I.S.C. Sport and Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, CA under the supervision of Michael Gervais, PhD. Dr. Sherlin has the academic appointments of adjunct associate professor in the department of mind-body medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine; faculty in the department of psychology at the University of Phoenix; and adjunct faculty in the department of psychology at Northern Arizona University. He is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry; is a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology; certified at the Diplomat level in quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG); and is BCIA Board Certified both in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. He has served on the board of directors for both the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in a number of elected positions including the President.
Richard Clark is a psychologist and joint Clinic Director of Brain Health Clinics in Adelaide, South Australia, a practice that specializes in neurotherapeutic interventions for the treatment of psychological disorders. He holds the title of Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychology at Flinders University. Professor Clark is internationally recognised for his contributions to neuropsychology and the related field of cognitive neuroscience. His work has been characterised by the innovative application of multimodal measures of brain structure and function. In particular, he has applied synergistic approaches to neuroimaging of the spatial and temporal dynamics of cortical networks, including high resolution topographic EEG and ERP recordings and MRI-based morphometry. His technical developments have been complemented by his innovative use of experimental paradigms that have drawn upon an expertise in psychometrics, psychophysiology, psychopharmacology, and psychopathology. His work in the early 1990’s was amongst the first to demonstrate brain-computer interfacing to external devices using consciously generated electrical fields from the anterior cingulate. His research built on his earlier seminal studies in the 1980’s on the role of catecholamines in the control of human attention and on measures of working memory and executive function in head injury to provide some of the first evidence of localized and distributed brain changes in post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychopathologies, including panic disorder, attention deficit disorder, and schizophrenia. He also played a significant role in the development of the first international integrative database of brain and cognitive function. These contributions have been funded by major grants from ARC, NHMRC and other peer review–based agencies over more than 25 years. Over the last ten years he has applied his expertise to clinical work in the clinical field of neurotherapy and been instrumental in the development of clinical practice standards for Australia and the creation of a national accreditation authority, on whose Board he now sits. In addition to his primary research, Richard Clark has made significant contributions to the advancement of cognitive neuroscience including advocacy in the community and extensive service as an office bearer in national and international societies. These offices include Past President of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology and Patron of the Brain Injury Network of South Australia. He has been a frequent contributor in the media, enhancing public appreciation of the potential benefits of advances in neuroscience and its applications. In 2009, he was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Alexander C. McFarlane (Sandy) is Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the University of Adelaide Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is an international expert in the field of the impact of disasters and posttraumatic stress disorder. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for outstanding and fundamental contributions to the field of traumatic stress studies. He has held the role of Senior Adviser in Psychiatry to the Australian Defence Force, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He holds the rank of Group Captain in the RAAF specialist reserve. Apart from his interest in disaster victims, military personnel and other civilian accidents, he has significant experience in the provision of care to emergency service personnel. His research is supported by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the NHMRC program and partnership grants. He has published over 350 articles and chapters in various refereed journals and has co-edited three books. In 2011 he received the Officer of the Order of Australia award, which recognised his “outstanding contribution to medical research in the field of psychiatry, particularly posttraumatic stress disorders, to veterans’ mental health management, and as an author”. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. This award recognises years of service and leadership in the field of traumatic stress. In 2016, he became one of three Australians to be awarded on Honorary Fellowship of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of my contributions to the field of traumatic stress.