Daniel G. Amen, MD, is a double board certified psychiatrist, clinical neuroscientist, brain imaging specialist, distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, New York Times bestselling author and named by Sharecare as the webs #1 most influential mental health expert and advocate. Dr. Amen is the founder and CEO of Amen Clinics, Inc. With 23 years of experience using brain SPECT imaging as an adjunct diagnostic tool and a SPECT imaging database of nearly 100,000 scans, Dr. Amen is the leader in applying imaging in everyday clinical psychiatric practice. He has authored and co-authored 60 scientific papers that have been published in more than 15 peer- reviewed medical journals. Dr. Amen is a prolific writer with over 30 published books, including the New York Times bestsellers: The Daniel Plan; Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Change Your Brain, Change Your Body; and The Amen Solution. As one of the world’s most passionate advocates for brain health, Dr. Amen has educated millions of viewers through 9 national television programs that raised more than $54 million dollars for public television. He has also been featured on many popular TV shows, including, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Larry King Live, The Discovery Channel, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, numerous news broadcasts and many other programs. Dr. Amen’s work is dedicated to helping people have better brains so they can have better, more fulfilling and happier lives.
Dr. Tarzwell is certified by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in nuclear medicine and psychiatry and actively practices both at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where he teaches diagnostic interpretation of brain perfusion SPECT imaging in neurological and psychiatric disorders. His interests include the use of functional brain imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, the correlation between psychodynamic concepts of the mind with functional brain networks, and psychotherapy outcomes research. He has performed scientific peer review for Translational Psychiatry – Nature, the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, and Cephalalgia.
Dr. Silverman earned a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry at Harvard University, an M.D. at Ohio State University, completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, and residency and fellowship training at University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology and has been Head of Neuronuclear Imaging at UCLA Medical Center for over eighteen years. Dr. Silverman has over twenty-two years of experience with performing and overseeing a wide variety of neuroimaging analyses for clinical and research purposes. In addition, he has served as President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), Pacific Southwest Chapter, as well as elected as Board member of the national Brain Imaging Council of SNMMI. Dr. Silverman founded the UCLA NeuroPET Preceptorship, the first training program devoted to acquisition and interpretation of brain PET – which has been given in cities from west coast to east coast of the U.S., as well as in Japan and two times at the largest annual Radiology meeting of South America, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil — and served as inventor of the algorithms underlying a product distributed internationally as NeuroQ™, the first medical software dedicated to display and analysis of neuronuclear scans to be cleared by the U.S. FDA. He also was Editor of the first textbook devoted to the use of PET for neurodegenerative disease, PET in the Evaluation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, as well as co-author of Your Brain After Chemo, the leading manual to help patients suffering from cognitive decline after undergoing treatment for cancer.
Dr. Fairchild is a licensed psychologist at the Baytree Behavioral Health in Melbourne, Fl. He served 21 years on active duty with the Army Medical Department and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after working in combat health care administration. He completed his Doctorate of Psychology at the University of Denver and an internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his doctoral work on Human Interaction in Space Travel and Space Operations and trained in Aviation Psychology serving with Army Aviation and Airborne units. He was selected for the first congressional mandated Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project which trained active duty psychologists to prescribe medications. Dr. Fairchild serves as a Grief Camp Psychologist for the annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and founded Welcome Home Vets, Inc. and the Stress, Trauma and Acute Response (STAR) Team for Kennedy Space Center.He specializes in PTSD with Veterans, mood disorders and ADHD and strongly supports QEEG and neurofeedback to treat emotional disorders. He recently formed a CLARITY Division of Baytree Behavioral Health to promote optimal brain functioning in a challenging world and has teamed with the Psychological Sciences Institute and NeuroSPECT of Florida to bring advanced neuro-assessment and treatment tools to patients in Brevard County and the Southeast.
Dr. Smith is a leader in the treatment of addictive disease, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse and proper prescribing practices for physicians. He founded the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics in Northern California and is the Chair of Addiction Medicine for Alta Mira Recovery Programs and the Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services. He is the Medical Director of Center Point, a residential therapeutic community providing integrated services to at-risk individuals and families. Dr. Smith has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Northern California; Medical Director of the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and Medical Director of the California Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. He is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and of the California Society of Addiction Medicine. In 2013 he received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored 26 books, written over 350 journal articles and served as technical consultant for 28 drug abuse-related films. He is the co-author, with Dr. Daniel G. Amen, of Unchain Your Brain.
Dr. Earl R. Henslin is a recognized national and international expert on the application of neuroscience to clinical treatment of depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addictions, individual, marital and family problems. He has authored 10 books; most recently “This is Your Brain on Joy” and “This is Your Brain in Love” which reflect the past 20 years of using SPECT Scans and MRIs to develop treatment strategies. In May 2013, he was the plenary speaker at the 1st annual Interdisciplinary Conference on the Brain in Russia. He spoke to over 500 neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists on the application of brain imaging in the treatment of TBI, addictions and depression. He has been sworn in as an expert witness on PTSD and the brain in a medical malpractice trial in London and as an expert witness on the Neurological Aspects of Addictions and the Brain in a medical malpractice trial in Maryland. He has also testified using brain imaging and clinical evaluations in numerous civil and family law cases. He’s taught the Addictions and the Brain course at Biola University and continuing education courses to psychologists and psychiatrists on SPECT Brain Imaging, and medication/supplement management in psychotherapy. He’s also consulted with drug rehabilitation centers in California and Canada helping programs integrate neuroscience principles into the treatment of drug, alcohol and sexual addiction. He’s appeared on radio shows and television programs speaking on matters concerning the brain and addictions. Dr. Henslin and his associates have made over 4000 referrals for SPECT Scans and MRIs over the past 20 years. Henslin and Associates is one of the few outpatient practices that have extensive and on-going experience in the integration of neuroscience into daily clinical practice for medical issues, TBI and practical clinical matters.
Dr. Newberg is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia serving as Chief Resident. He completed a Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He has pursued neuroimaging research on aging, dementia, epilepsy and has studied mystical and religious experiences and mind/body relationships. Other research includes understanding the physiological correlates of acupuncture therapy, meditation and alternative therapies. He has published articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging and the study of religious and mystical experiences and is the author of the new book, “The Metaphysical Mind: Probing the Biology of Philosophical Thought.” He is the co-author of the bestselling books, “How God Changes Your Brain”, “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief”, “Words Can Change Your Brain” and “Born to Believe: God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs.” And he is also the author of “Principles of Neurotheology” and co-author of “The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief” which received the 2000 award for Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences presented by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has presented at scientific and religious meetings worldwide and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, CNN, ABC World News Tonight as well as in a number of media articles including Newsweek, Time, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Readers Digest.
LTC Daniel T. Johnston, MD, MPH is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and serves as Medical Director for the US Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program as well as Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is one of the few military physicians to hold both the Navy and Army flight surgeon badges and to have directly served 2 presidents in the White House. He currently works within the Pentagon Di Lorenzo Tricare Health Clinic helping to oversee the care for top civilian and military leaders from the U.S. and other countries. He is a certified Master Resilience Trainer and an expert in nutritional supplementation and performance enhancement training. Dr Johnston led the development of ArmyFit, the new mandatory Global Assessment Tool used by 3,000 soldiers and army civilians per day. He has worked on optimal resilience and performance and long-term personal and physical health. Dr. Johnston is passionate about wellness through a comprehensive approach that addresses the brain within the context of the physical, social, emotional, family, and spiritual areas. He has served overseas in Iraq and Korea and is a private pilot.
The views expressed are my own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Army, Department of Defense, or the US Government. – Dr. Johnston
Dr. Joseph Wu is an Associate Professor in Residence at the University of California, Irvine Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the UCI Neurocognitive Imaging Program. He has published over sixty articles on brain imaging utilizing PET or MRI DTI scans in depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s dementia, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease. He has received funding from the NIH and NARSAD; and has served as a reviewer for the NIH and for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and for various neuroimaging journals. Dr. Wu’s work has been covered by the NY times, ABC Good Morning News, AP and the Discovery Channel. He has been an expert witness on PET and MRI DTI imaging in courts on over 150 cases in both civil and capital mitigation cases.
Dr. Cohen graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Toronto medical school. He completed an internship at Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Calgary. He studied radiology and nuclear medicine at the University of Western Ontario obtaining certification as a Specialist in Nuclear Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. He has practiced at Lions Gate Hospital as Division Head of Nuclear Medicine for the last 25 years and holds an academic appointment as Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Cohen has been involved in research clinical trials of new radiopharmaceuticals and has been a recipient of peer-reviewed research grants. He served as Chair of the Nuclear Medicine Accreditation Subcommittee of the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons and is currently an advisory member of the Bone Densitometry Accreditation Subcommittee for the Province of British Columbia. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Nuclear Medicine and is a member in good standing of the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine.