Faculty

Meet our Faculty and Consultants

Learn more about our team of leading clinicians, researchers and educators in the neurofeedback field by clicking on each of their profiles.

Sebern Fisher

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Ellen Shaw-Smith

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Clair L. Goldberg

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Mirjana Askovic

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Sejla Murdoch

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Anna Morrell

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Leanne Hershkowitz

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Darius Rountree-Harrison

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Consultants

Ruth A. Lanius

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Ed Hamlin

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Mary Ammerman

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Robert Coben

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Sebern Fisher

MA, BCN

Sebern F. Fisher, MA, is a psychotherapist and neurofeedback practitioner in private practice who specializes in the aftermath of neglect and abuse in early childhood. She focuses on training the traumatized brain to learn its own regulation which it can learn at any age. She trains professionals nationally and internationally on neurofeedback and on the need to integrate neurofeedback with psychotherapy.

Her book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain, has helped her readers understand how the traumatized brain can give rise to explosive feelings, irrational thinking and destructive behavior. When the brain learns its own regulation, its owner can engage meaningfully in psychotherapy and in life. The book is now also available as an audiobook on Audible. Visit www.SebernFisher.com to learn more and join the conversation with Sebern at Facebook.com/SebernFisherAuthor — Sebern Fisher on LinkedIn, and @SebernF on Twitter.

Ellen Shaw-Smith

LICSW, BCN

Ellen Shaw-Smith is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified in Neurofeedback and Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Since attending her first introductory neurofeedback course in 2002 while working as a high school adjustment counselor, Ellen has been passionately committed to understanding the brain’s language of intelligent electrical communication. Her commitment rests on her early recognition that this communication, when respectfully harnessed, supports deep change in the brain and central nervous system.

Ellen’s early seminary education, along with her varied community mental health experience shapes her eclectic approach to clinical neurofeedback and psychotherapy. These influences, along with extensive mentoring with neurofeedback trauma expert Sebern Fisher MA, BCN and neuropsychologist Dr. Ed Hamlin, prompted her to develop a community education site for early and ongoing neurofeedback education in 2008.

Ellen has spent the intervening years teaching and mentoring on beginning and advanced neurofeedback topics. Her later work with Dr Robert Coben on Q-EEG based Coherence neurofeedback as applied to developmental trauma also informs her work as a clinician, and neurofeedback educator and mentor.

Ellen works with EEG, HEG, Q-EEG and Educational Neurofeedback in her private practice in Western Massachusetts. With an emphasis on the importance of early attachment she focuses on treatment for those with early and ongoing trauma. Her teaching reflects an appreciation for the art and science of neurofeedback in combination with psychotherapy and psychoeducation, all in support of deep regulation in each unique human nervous system.

Learn more about Ellen’s work by visiting her website:  https://wellspringneuro.com/

Clair L. Goldberg

Psy.D., BCN

Clair L. Goldberg, Psy.D., BCN, is a licensed psychologist and board-certified neurofeedback provider and mentor. In addition, she is an internationally recognized presenter and teacher. She is adjunct faculty at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City, where she teaches the Neurophysiology of Trauma as part of the Certificate Program in Integrative Trauma Studies.

With over twenty years of clinical experience, Dr. Goldberg has provided services across all age groups and in many settings. She was the Director of the Student Counseling Center at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC, where she worked closely with faculty and administration, supervised clinical staff, and provided clinical services to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Dr. Goldberg has been in private practice in Montclair, NJ, for over twenty years. While she continues to work with a range of clinical presentations, she specializes in Developmental and Complex Trauma.

Dr. Goldberg constantly seeks ways to help her clients access more profound change and relieve suffering. As her appreciation of the direct impact of trauma on the brain grew, she sought clinical modalities that more directly speak to the brain and nervous system. Her journey brought her to neurofeedback and the work of Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN. She marks this as a turning point in her life and career and has been honored to work closely with Sebern ever since. With the addition of neurofeedback into her clinical practice, Dr. Goldberg remains in awe of the depth of change now possible for her clients. She believes, practices, and teaches the importance of integrating neurofeedback with psychotherapy and other body-based modalities, such as Somatic Experiencing, heart rate variability training, and Deep Brain Reorienting. Her clinical model prioritizes the therapeutic relationship that holds the space for a more regulated and flexible nervous system to emerge, which in turn allows for the development of healthy attachments and the alleviation of her client’s suffering.

Dr. Goldberg is excited to be a founding member of the Attuned Neurofeedback International Training Program and welcomes new and seasoned practitioners into this supportive global community.

Mirjana Askovic

BPsych (Hons), BCN, BCB-HRV, QEEG Diplomate, Fellow of ANSA

Mirjana is a senior psychologist, BCIA-A certified neurofeedback and HRV biofeedback practitioner, and QEEG Diplomate with 30 years of clinical experience. Since 2001, she has been a clinician at the NSW Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

She introduced neurofeedback to STARTTS in 2003 to help patients with chronic and complex war and refugee trauma-related symptoms. This small clinic has developed into an internationally recognised Neurofeedback Centre for treating refugee-related trauma. Mirjana is currently a Director of the Australian Neurofeedback Institute (ANFI), which specialises in providing neurofeedback training and mentoring for clinicians in the trauma field.

Mirjana is a Ph.D. candidate with the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. Her research is focused on examining the mechanisms and efficacy of neurofeedback in reducing symptoms of PTSD in traumatised refugees. She is the author of multiple publications related to the use of neurofeedback in trauma treatment. Mirjana is the immediate past president of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) and ex-Chair of BCIA-A. For her contribution to the field of applied neuroscience in Australia, Mirjana was awarded ANSA Fellowship in 2017.

Sejla Murdoch

BScPsych, PostGrad Dip (Psych.), BCN, Masters of Brain and Mind Sciences, University of Sydney

Sejla Murdoch is a senior psychologist with 22 years of clinical experience in work with trauma. Sejla has worked as a clinician and a clinical supervisor at the NSW Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) since 1998.

During her work at STARTTS Sejla facilitated the professional development training program and organised seminars and clinical master classes for a variety of professionals. Sejla also managed the student clinic for clinical and intern psychologist placements at STARTTS.

Since 2007 together with Mirjana Askovic, Sejla assisted in the development of the STARTTS Neurofeedback (NF) Clinic, the first in the world to provide NF treatment to refugees. Currently, Sejla is the Senior Team Leader of the STARTTS’ Neurofeedback Program and ANFI Deputy Director. Sejla’s vision is that Neuromodulation is available for everyone and that disadvantaged children and their families have equal access to these modalities.

Sejla is an accredited BCIA-A Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Mentor and since 2012 she had the privilege to learn to interpret QEEGs under the supervision of Jay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomate. Sejla has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to psychotherapy in complex trauma, NF and HRV biofeedback in work with trauma and the use of neuromodulation in sensory integration. She completed her Master’s degree in the Brain and Mind Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.

Anna Morrell

M.S., LCMHC, BCN

Anna Morrell, MS, BCN, is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and board-certified neurofeedback provider and mentor. In addition, she is an international presenter and educator in the field of neurofeedback and regulation, including original courses such as “Regulating the Developing Brain,” and “Up-Down Regulation.” She is a part of the dynamic team at The Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, NC, where she continues her clinical practice, individual, group and agency mentoring, as well as neurofeedback and regulation course development.

As an artistic and creative youth, Anna recognized the healing qualities of the arts, from expressing thoughts and feeling states to the regulating and grounding characteristics in the act of creation and chose to pursue her Master’s in Clinical Art Therapy. In 2010, she was introduced to Neurofeedback and has since been captivated with the potential this approach carries for regulation and the organization of self.

Through the application of learning how to be a neurofeedback provider, she also learned first hand the profound impact neurofeedback can have on regulation and the importance of a supportive mentoring and provider community. Since her introduction to neurofeedback, Anna has been dedicated to integrating neurofeedback, art therapy, and sensory modulation in her work with children, adolescents, and caregivers, under extensive mentorship with Sebern Fisher and Ed Hamlin. She uses a person-centered, trauma informed approach to increase emotional stability, self-exploration, and life engagement, especially for those impacted by developmental trauma and neurodiversity.

Anna is honored to be a part of the Attuned Neurofeedback International Training Program, holding the awareness of the importance of community in her neurofeedback learning process and excited to share in future providers learning process.

Leanne Hershkowitz

M.A./Ed.S, LPC, BCN

Leanne Hershkowitz, M.A./Ed.S, LPC, BCN is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified neurofeedback provider and mentor. With over 10 years of clinical experience, Leanne has provided services from individual counseling to group and family therapy across all ages, ethnicities, and LQBTQIA identities. Leanne primarily works with children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in adoption and in helping those who have found counseling challenging or unattainable in the past.

Leanne began her career in residential treatment and school-based counseling utilizing canine assisted and adventure therapy as well as attachment focused modalities. She now has a private practice in Montclair, NJ.

Leanne is passionate about social justice and is a strong LQBTQIA ally. Her teaching and lecturing work has included Introduction to Statistics, Adolescent Psychology and The Role of Shame in Developmental Trauma. But her favorite part of teaching is working with those who are brand new to this amazing modality. This includes creating and teaching the first fully virtual introduction to neurofeedback practicum and bringing in interns to her private practice.

Leanne’s journey into neurofeedback started early in her career where the neuroscience of attachment was at the forefront of her work. As her speciality in adoption, adolescents and neuroscience blossomed, this concept of neurofeedback continued to cross her path until finally she took the leap to get trained by Dr.Ed Hamlin & Dr. Mary Ammerman. Knowing her speciality required advance training, Leanne quickly began mentoring with Sebern Fisher and has continued to do so to this day.

Neurofeedback has altered and grown Leanne’s counseling practice in innumerable ways. It has made challenging work sustainable and changed how she sees clients, mental illness and the field of counseling. The rewards have been well worth the time and commitment to honing this artful science for both Leanne and her clients.

Leanne is the “Technology Go-To Person” of the group and enjoys figuring out all the ways the equipment and software can enhance her work with clients as well as the work of her mentees and students. She has a passion for making the complex understandable – by breaking it down into manageable and learnable chunks that build into the intricate concepts that we know as neurofeedback and neurobiology.

Leanne also provides QEEG services in her private practice through her work with Dr.Rob Coben and is in training to obtain her Diplomat in QEEG. Her goal, along side others in The Attuned Neurofeedback International Training Program, is to continue to bring the cutting edge of neuroscience and technology to attuned neurofeedback in best service of her clients and all those with trauma who seek healing.

Finally, in her own time, Leanne is a world traveler, dog lover and avid quilter.

Darius Rountree-Harrison

EEG analyst, BSc, GDPA, MPhil, QEEG-T, PhD (Candidate)

Darius Rountree-Harrison is the QEEG analyst at STARTTS/ANFI and a board member of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA). He studied neuroscience at the University of Sydney and psychology at Monash University and learned to analyse QEEG under the supervision of Jay Gunkelman and Mirjana Askovic and is certified as a QEEG-technologist. He is a psychology doctorate candidate, looking at EEG and HRV biomarkers for PTSD at Macquarie University. This work stems from Darius’ interest in stress responses, homeostatic processes and neuronal function.

During his time at ANFI, Darius has delivered training in HRV biofeedback, mentored psychologists and students to analyse QEEG/HRV data and has been involved with clinical PTSD research. He routinely uses winEEG, Neuroguide, LORETA, Kubios, Thought Technology, EEGer Spectrum, Heart Math and many other software and biofeedback systems for analysis, clinical intervention and training.

Darius’ greatest strength lies in his ability to integrate a wide range of neuro-psychophysiological research and practices, with presenting symptoms, individual QEEG and HRV data to set integrated treatment plans. His clinical insights have aided the recovery of hundreds of clients of all ages and psychopathologies.

Dr Ruth A. Lanius

M.D., Ph.D.

Dr Ruth A. Lanius, M.D., Ph.D. is a Psychiatry Professor and Harris-Woodman Chair at Western University of Canada, where she is the director of the Clinical Research Program for PTSD.

Ruth has over 25 years of clinical and research experience with trauma-related disorders. She established the Traumatic Stress Service at London Health Sciences Center, a program that specializes in the treatment of psychological trauma.

Ruth has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the Banting Award for Military Health Research. She has published over 150 research articles and book chapters focusing on brain adaptations to psychological trauma and novel adjunct treatments for PTSD. Ruth regularly lectures on the topic of psychological trauma both nationally and internationally. Ruth has co-authored two books: The Effects of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic and Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment.

Ruth is a passionate clinician scientist who endeavours to understand the first-person experience of traumatized individuals throughout treatment and how it relates to brain functioning.

Dr Ed Hamlin

Ph.D., BCN

Dr. Ed Hamlin is a psychologist and the Clinical Director of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, North Carolina. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University and currently holds an adjunct faculty position as Professor at Western Carolina University and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. In addition to his clinical work, he conducts research and presents workshops regarding applied neuroscience and brain/mind relationships. He serves as a consultant and supervisor for the clinical staff at a number of facilities throughout the world. He has practiced neurofeedback and applied psychophysiology since the mid-1980s and has taught and utilized these techniques in a variety of settings. He has a particular interest in neuroplasticity and the potential for changing maladaptive brain organization patterns. His current research projects involve examining the impact of early abuse and neglect on the developing brain and examining the brain activity in people with eating disorders.

Dr Mary Ammerman

PsyD, BCN

Dr Mary Ammerman, PsyD, BCN earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has been incorporating neurofeedback into her work with clients ever since 2006 and has been board certified in neurofeedback since 2012. She’s taught and mentored beginning neurofeedback providers both domestically and internationally since 2013.

Currently, Mary is the Vice President of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina. Her students and mentees have described Mary’s teaching style as friendly and down-to-earth. She explains complicated concepts in easy to understand language using warmth, humor, and everyday analogies.

Mary is committed to spreading the word about the healing power of neurofeedback as well as to helping make this effective therapeutic tool more accessible.

Dr Robert Coben

Ph.D.

Robert Coben, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree in 1991 and has been a licensed psychologist in the state of New York since 1994. He is the Director and Chief Neuropsychologist of NeuroRehabilitation and Neuropsychological Services. His post-doctoral training in clinical and rehabilitation neuropsychology was done at the UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.

His experience in rehabilitation neuropsychology includes directing two separate inpatient neurorehabilitation programs. He is the former director of inpatient and outpatient brain rehabilitation at Staten Island University Hospital. He is an affiliate of Winthrop University Hospital and an affiliated researcher of NYU Medical Center. Dr. Coben is a member in good standing of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, and the American Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Neurotherapy and Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development. He is also an editorial reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Neurotherapy, Neuroregulation, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuroimage, and Journal of Psychophysiology.

He has edited special issues of journals on EEG Connectivity and more recently as a special topic editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. He was the chief editor on two issues on Applied Neuroscience, Neuromodulation and Neurofeedback. These special issues covered topics related to seizures disorders and autism spectrum disorder. He has also edited a book entitled “Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Techniques and Applications.” His research interests include the study of Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology in the understanding of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, especially autism, and treatment applications for the same.

Dr Coben has served as the President of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research as well as the President Elect of the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology.

TRAUMA 24: Neurofeedback and Deep Brain Reorienting Conference

October 4th & 5th | Online or In-Person in Johannesburg, South Africa

Join Sebern Fisher, Frank Corrigan, and Ruth Lanius for an exploration of how neurofeedback and Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) are opening doors to a new era of brain therapies.