Bryan Kolb, PhD, is a world-renowned neuropsychologist, neuroscientist, researcher, author and educator. His 1980 textbook Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, now in its sixth edition, helped define the field of neuropsychology and is still considered mandatory reading for students of neuropsychology.
Elaine Wyllie, MD
Dr. Elaine Wyllie is an epilepsy specialist at the Cleveland Clinic who provides cutting-edge treatment for children from around the world. She is editor of Wyllie’s Treatment of Epilepsy, the standard in the field now in its 6th edition, and author of “The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy,” an authoritative book for the lay public.
Ajay Gupta, M.D. is the head of the section of Pediatric Epilepsy in the Epilepsy Center/Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is an expert in the field of childhood and adolescent epilepsy with emphasis on epilepsy surgery evaluation, difficult to treat epilepsy, and management of epilepsy.
Dr. Ahsan Valappil
Dr. Ahsan Moosa Naduvil Valappil is a clinical neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic. He received his medical degree from Thanjavur Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Taylor Abel, MD
Dr. Taylor Abel is surgical director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Abel received special training in identification of epileptic foci using stereoelectroencephalography and use of the ROSA robot for epilepsy surgery.
George Ibrahim, MD
Dr. Ibrahim is a pediatric neurosurgeon at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He is a leader in the study of medically intractable epilepsy in children and the application of surgical interventions for the localization and treatment of seizures.
Jun Park, MD
Dr. Park is a pediatric epileptologist and Director of the Comprehensive Epileptic Spasms program at Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He has special interests in electroencephalography (EEG), pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy surgery in drug resistant and/or catastrophic epilepsy, epileptic spams, and acquired brain injury in epilepsy.
Deepak Lachhwani, MD
Dr. Lacchwani is Chief of Neurology at the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Dr. Lachhwani’s particular interests lie in treating children with medically refractory epilepsy, functional neuroimaging, pediatric epilepsy surgery and ICU monitoring of neonates and children.
Satyanaryana Gedela, MD
Dr. Gedela is medical director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Michael Kohrman, MD
Dr. Kohrman is Director of the division of Pediatric Neurology at Akron Children’s Hospital and co-director of its Tuberous Sclerosis Program. His research interests are difficult-to-treat epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, tuberous sclerosis, seizure detection and prediction, sleep apnea, and other pediatric sleep disorders
Marlene Behrman, PhD
Dr. Marlene Behrmann is a Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, whose research specializes in the cognitive basis of visual perception, with a specific focus on object recognition. Dr. Behrmann is widely considered to be a trailblazer and a worldwide leader in the field of visual cognition.
Joanna Christodolou, EdD
Joanna A. Christodoulou, an adjunct lecturer of education at Harvard University, works at the intersection of education and neuroscience. Her program of research, conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Gabrieli Lab and at MGH Institute of Health Professions, focuses on brain and behavior correlates of development, difficulties, and intervention effects for reading.
Mary Lou Smith, PhD
Mary Lou Smith, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Over the past several years, her major area of research has been on the cognitive and behavioural co-morbidities associated with epilepsy. Her studies have involved individuals with intractable seizures with onset in childhood and have addressed four major areas: quality of life, surgical outcome, plasticity of language representation, and memory.
Terry L. Schwartz, MD
Dr. Schwartz is a pediatric opthalmologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and professor of opthalmologist at the University of Cincinnati school of medicine. She is the author of several research papers which address managing vision impairments in children, including a chapter on hydrocephalus in the textbook “Challenging Cases in Opthalmology”.
Elizabeth Andresen, PhD
Dr. Elizabeth Andresen is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice who performs neuropsychological evaluations for patients with a variety of neurological, genetic, medical, developmental, and behavioral health conditions. She works with patients across the lifespan, including infants and toddlers through end of life.
Jill Allor, EdD
Dr. Jill Allor is a professor with the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. A former special education teacher, her research is school-based and focuses on reading acquisition for students with and without disabilities, including students with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities.
Lisa Lightner is a self-taught national special education advocate. Her website – A Day In Our Shoes – is one of the most popular special education websites on the internet and contents accurate, actionable content to help parents nagivate the U.S. special education process. Its Facebook group is liked by over 36,000 people.
Andrew Gordon, PhD
Dr. Andrew Gordon is a renowed cerebral palsy researcher. Founder of the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Columbia University and professor of Movement Sciences, Motor Learning & Control, he and his team developed hand–arm bimanual intensive therapy (HABIT) using the principles of motor learning and neuroplasticity to address these bimanual impairments. Dr. Gordon is also the recipient of a $150,000 grant from us which he has used over the past several years to include children after hemispherectomy in his study cohort to better understand whether this is an effective, evidence-based intervention to improve hand function after hemispherectomy surgery.
Tina Moreno SLP
Tina Moreno is a speech-language pathologist with experience in school, hospital and outpatient clinic settings. Tina is passionate about empowering individuals to live, learn, work and play in their communities. She is the co-director of Camp Alec – a week-long summer camp specifically designed for children with physical disabilities whose primary mode of communication is AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). The goal of the camp is to improve AAC literacy, education, and communication.
Monika Jones, Esq.
Ms. Jones is the CEO of The Brain Recovery Project: Childhood Epilepsy Surgery Foundation and is on the board of directors of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, whose primary mission is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities and promote excellence in advocacy.
Alex Bowers, PhD
Alex Bowers, MC (Optom), PhD is a research scientist whose primary focus is low vision assessment and rehabilitation. Her research encompasses three main areas:
Evaluating the effects of vision impairment on driving skills and behaviors;
Investigating the relationship between driving performance and novel tests of vision and attention to determine which tests have the greatest potential for identifying at-risk drivers;
Evaluating the benefits of optical devices and training to assist visually impaired people when driving and walking.
Dr. Bowers has made major contributions in the field of rehabilitation of patients with hemianopia. She designed and implemented an open-label and then a randomized controlled multi-center clinical trial to evaluate peripheral prism glasses for walking, and also led an on-road, placebo-controlled pilot study of peripheral prism glasses for driving. Through these trials an evidence base has now been established for the utility of the device as a mobility aid. Such evidence-based research is rare in the field of vision rehabilitation.
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