Featured Speakers

merzenichDr. Michael Merzenich, PhD is the brain behind BrainHQ and the author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, Michael Merzenich heads the company's science team.

Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), and has received numerous awards and prizes (including the Russ Prize, Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, and Purkinje Medal). He has been granted nearly 100 patents, and he and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity. In 2016, Dr. Merzenich was awarded one of the world's top neuroscience prizes, the Kavli Prize, for his achievements in the field of brain plasticity.

Dr. Merzenich's work is also often covered in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalTimeWired, Forbes, Discover, and Newsweek, and he has appeared extensively on television.

swingleDr. Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D. Dr. Swingle can be considered one of the founding fathers of Clinical Psychoneurophysiology, and is one of a select few directly responsible for bringing Neurotherapy out of university labs and clinics to the general populace.

His academic positions include: Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston), and Head of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service McLean Hospital (Boston). Professor Swingle was also Clinical Supervisor at the University of Ottawa and Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology. Dr. Swingle is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. He is actively involved in research and practice and his numerous publications include nine books and numerous peer-reviewed journal publications.

lymanDr. Linda L. Lyman, Ph.D., is our luncheon speaker addressing the topic, “Neuroscience Literacy Deepens Educator Effectiveness.” She is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University (ISU) and a former associate professor of education at Bradley University. At ISU, Dr. Lyman taught masters and doctoral students seeking leadership positions in education. She also chaired 20 dissertations, was a Fulbright scholar in Greece at Aristotle University, and has published five books, including the most recent Brain Science for Principals: What School Leaders Need to Know (2016). Linda has a B.A. in English from Northwestern University, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Linda will be addressing the LENC Alumni Luncheon which will be convening during the Super Brain Summit.