Keynote Speakers



LT. Betty Hastings, MSW, coordinator for the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program, for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Betty is the former Director, TBI Program, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Lt. Hastings comes to IHS from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration where she directed its Traumatic Brain Injury Program. She brings a wealth of experience in emergency medicine and injury prevention to IHS.

The EMSC Program is a relatively new initiative for IHS. Its goals are to reduce pediatric injury and trauma through improved prevention and emergency medical strategies. Lt. Hastings works with tribal and IHS health programs as well as state and federal agencies to improve emergency medical and injury prevention services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.


Manfred Tatzmann, BA, TBI Project Director, Michigan Department of Community Health , Lansing, MI 48913

Laurie Monnes Anderson, State Representative District 50, running for Oregon State Senate's District #25, Public Health Nurse and Manager



  Friday and Saturday

Ramona Ahto, is an elder of the 14 Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation. She works as a youth drug and alcohol counselor at the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.  She has led many training sessions for health care professionals related to healing rituals as well as the cultural traditions of her people.

Conference Speakers

Theodore J. Becker, PhD, RPT, CET, CEAS, CDE, CDA, DACFE, DABDA, Human Performance Specialist, Everett Pacific Industrial Rehabilitation

Dr. Becker is recognized by the medical and legal professions as being eminently qualified in the areas of 'Hard Data Human Performance Testing' and 'Capacity Evaluation Protocol Testing'. His credential as a PhD in Human Performance and associated certifications in the areas of rehabilitation, disability analysis, and sports medicine are a unique combination of specializations. He is known to be an innovator and researcher within his disciplines.  His most recent innovative concept is "Shoulder Rehabilitation Specialization", which focuses on treatment regimes for the shoulder.

Educational accomplishments:
B.S. University of Maryland, School of Medicine
M.S. Indiana University, Sports Medicine/Sports Sciences
Ph.D. Indiana University, Human Performance

He has held appointments at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, and the United States Swimming Coaches College.

Professional achievements:

      United States Swimming Olympic Team Head Trainer, 1984 Los Angeles
      Featured in Sports Illustrated, 1984 Olympic issue, Outside Magazine, Swim Magazine
      Member United States Swimming Sports Medicine Society Executive Council
      Keynote Speaker – Inauguration of the Japanese Physical Culture Institute, Kagoshima Japan
      Rehabilitation consultant to the professional athletic training staff of the St Louis Cardinals
      Published author in 'Clinics in Sports Medicine'
  Patent and trademark holder for devices that calibrate test and measurement instruments for rehabilitation
-Cali-Grip ™
- Cali-Pinch ™
  Copyright and trademark holder for software related to rehabilitation research and capacity testing
 -LIT-Trak ™
  Utilization of the Everett Pacific Industrial Rehabilitation facility as an internship site for colleges and universities in the Western United States
  BEC Biomedical ™ Manufacturer/Distributor of Rehabilitation Educational Materials and Instruments

Certified provider and recognized professionally:

  • Capacity evaluations and work hardening programs for Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  • NADEP certified provider facility for capacity evaluations
  • CDEC commissioner for research and statistics
  • Charter member North American Society of Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis
  • U.S. Western District Court - Recognized as "Extremely Credible Witness" in the area of Human Performance Testing
  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Test Provider

     Dr. Kathleen R. Bell, M.D., Project Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS)

    Kathleen R. Bell, MD Associate Professor Rehabilitation Physician Medical Director, Rehabilitation Medicine Ambulatory Care Medical Director, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the University of Washington

    Dr. Bell is The Project Director of the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, and a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Bell is active in the AAPMR Brain Injury SIG and is the associate editor of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. She is the Chair of the Self-Assessment Subcommittee and a member of the Medical Education Committee for AAPMR.  Dr. Bell was honored as one of the best doctors in Washington State for 2002.

    Dr. Bell earned a B.S.N. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from Temple University. She completed her residency and fellowship in PM&R at the University of Washington.

    Dr. Bell's clinical interests include traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic headache, minimally responsive state, brain tumor, stroke, and anoxic brain injury. My goal in working with persons who have had an injury of any kind to their brain is to empower them to assume a productive life through medicine, therapy and mentoring. Research Her research areas are post-acute models of care for brain injury, exercise and depression after brain injury, sleep disorders after brain injury, and medical education.

    Selected Publications:  

    Bell KR, O'Dell MW, Barr K, Yablon SA: Rehabilitation of the patient with brain tumor. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 1998; 79: S37-S46.

    Bell KR, Massagli TM: Subacute brain injury rehabilitation: An opportunity for medical education and training. Brain Injury 10: 1996, 875-881.

    Bell KR, Pepping M: Women and Traumatic Brain Injury. Phys Med Rehabil Clinics of North America. 2001; 82: 169-81.

    Bell KR, Krause E, Zasler N: Medical Management of Post-Traumatic Headache: Pharmacological and Physical Treatment. J Head Trauma Rehabil 1999; 14: 34-38.

     Webster J, Bell KR, Hussey JD, Lakshminarayan S, Natale T: Sleep apnea in adult traumatic brain injury: a preliminary investigation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2001 (Mar); 82: 316-3.

      Alta M. Bruce, BA Injury Prevention Specialist, Indian Health Service, Chairperson, Indigenous Brain Injury Association
    Friday and Saturday

    Alta Bruce is an Injury Prevention Specialist with the Indian Health Service and Chairperson/Founder of the Indigenous Brain Injury Association (IP-BIA) in Belcourt, North Dakota.

    The Indigenous People’s Brain Injury Association (IP-BIA) is the nation’s only group that assists in tracking, educating, advocating, and providing support to the US Indigenous population with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Alta M. Bruce (Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa) is the chairwoman of the organization and proves to be a lifeline for the Native American community. Ms. Bruce and the IP-BIA run an annual conference for professionals, but more importantly for Indigenous people with traumatic brain injury and their families. The IP-BIA is unique in that it incorporates from beginning to end, culturally appropriate information, activities, and speakers with great attention to survivors and others’ spiritual lives. The First National Native American Summit was sponsored by HRSA and partnered with the IP-BIA and the Brain Injury Association of America in Bismarck, ND,  May 3-5 2003.

    This Summit opened with a traditional prayer spoken in Ojibwa language, passing of the pipe, smudging and other traditional spiritually based activities. There was an opportunity to sweat and a talking circle was used at the close of the meeting. Gifts of traditional Indian quilts, woven bags and other items were given out to honor participants. Attention to the differences in Indigenous people’s ideas about time was also honored and there was never a rushed feel to the activities. The IP-BIA drew its usual membership and through the support of HRSA was able to invite Indigenous people from the Plains, Woodlands, Northwest, and Southwest cultural regions of the nation to the Summit. In 1998 Alta Bruce, as Highway Safety Director, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, Belcourt, N.D., received The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Public service award for her pioneering highway safety efforts offering hope to traumatic brain injury survivors, and bringing safer traffic laws for the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe.

      David Clemmons, PhD, Senior Scientist and Psychologist, Director, Vocational Services, University of Washington, Regional Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA..
    Fraser, R.T, Clemmons, D.C., & McMahon, B.T. (1990). Vocational rehabilitation counseling. In J.S. Kreutzer and P. Wehman (Eds.) Community Integration Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 169-184.
    Fraser, R.T & Clemmons, D.C. (1989). Vocational and psychosocial interventions for youths with seizure disorders. In B.P Hermann and M. Seidenberg (Eds.) Childhood Epilepsies: Neuropsychological, Psychosocial and Intervention Aspects. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 201-219.
    Clemmons, D.C., Fraser R.T., & Trejo, W.R. (1987). The general aptitude test battery: Implications for vocational counseling and employment in epilepsy rehabilitation. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 18(3), 33-38.

     Lloyd Cripe, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist Sequin, Washington


    Marlene Davis,  Governor’s Committee On Disability Issues And Employment, Olympia,  WA  
    Friday and Saturday

    Marlene Davis was born and raised on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Hays, Montana.  She is an enrolled tribal member of the Gros Ventre tribe and also belongs to the Assinibone, Arapaho, and Nez Perce tribes.

    Marlene began her work in the private sector as staff for two American Indian Schools in Washington State and Oklahoma.  Her work experience also includes the: 
    U.S. Military Army Air force Fair Exchange Service,
    Senior Services at Panorama City in Lacey Washington;
    Indian Health Services for a hospital in Oklahoma; and
    Many volunteer hours to such organizations as The American Red Cross, Green Hill School (a maximum juvenile facility in Washington State), and Bread and Roses (a homeless shelter in Washington State). 

    Marlene began her Employment Security Department career in 1993 with Corrections Clearinghouse.  During this time, she provided administrative support and edited a Resource Directory for Washington State’s prisons.  In 1995 she joined the staff for the Governor’s Committee On Disability Issues And Employment (GCDE)During the last nine years, Marlene has developed a thorough knowledge of the disability community and the important role that GCDE plays in that community.

    Marlene has actively applied the experience of working effectively with the disability community – most particularly in linking the American Indian tribes and American Indian disabled veterans to disability resources.  She is active in bringing various American Indian tribes, federal (Rehabilitation Services Administration for American Indians, Social Security Administration, etc.) and state agencies and local entities together for the GCDE committee, but also to begin working individually with each other.

    Marlene has assisted Washington state tribes in coordinating six American Indian and Alaskan Native disability conferences in the past four years.  She has served on the National Conference on Native American Rehabilitation planning committee for the past three years.  Marlene has had an opportunity to present to the 9th Annual “Honor Our Elders Gathering” in which 400 elders representing tribes in Washington state were in attendance.  She has also presented to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board on disabilities to 42 tribal representatives from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.  Marlene provides disability service provider resources to Indian Country in trainings to tribes and other organizations.  She has demonstrated that an effective partnership is one where a private entity working in tandem with an agency can and does work to best serve the needs of the disabled.

      Laurie Ehlhardt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Project Manager, Think and Link, Communication Disorders and Sciences, University of Oregon

    Recent Publications:

    Ehlhardt, L, Sohlberg, M.M., Glang, A., & Albin, R (in-submission). E-Steps: Evaluation of an instructional sequence for persons with impaired memory and executive functions. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

    Sohlberg, M.M., Ehlhardt, L., Fickas, S., & Todis, B. (October, 2002). CORE: Comprehensive Overview of Requisite E-mail Skills, Technical Report, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon.

    Sohlberg, M.M., Ehlhardt, L., Fickas, S., & Sutcliffe, A. (in-press). A pilot study exploring electronic mail in users with cognitive-linguistic impairments, Brain Injury.

    Sohlberg, M.M., & Ehlhardt, L. (1998). Case report: Management of confabulation following subarachnoid hemorrhage. Special Interest Division #2:Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 8 (2), 9-13.


    Tricia Feeley, M.O.T., O.T.R./L., at the  Virginia Mason Seattle Main Clinic, Seattle, WA.

    Tricia received her BS from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, in 1989 and her M.O.T., from University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, in 1991.  Tricia held internships at Ranchos Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA, and University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.  Tricia has her Certification as a Registered Occupational Therapist, and her National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy. 




    Alfred Lewy, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory; Richard H. Phillips Professor of Biological Psychiatry; Professor of Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, and Physiology/Pharmacology; Senior Vice Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University.

    Dr. Lewy is internationally known as a pioneer in the growing field of human chronobiology. He has published ground-breaking articles on the measurement of human plasma melatonin and the use of bright light as a therapy for depression and sleep disorders. He was the first to use bright light to treat patients suffering from seasonal affective disorder, chronobiologic sleep disorders, and jet lag. His work has given psychiatry a new perspective on the physiology of sleep and mood disorders, and is relevant to the problems of blind people, as well as individuals whose sleep patterns are disrupted by shift work or jet travel. Dr. Lewy has made major contributions to the field of melatonin physiology and light. His discoveries have led the way to a new understanding of chronobiologic sleep and mood disorders and have important implications for the field of neuropsychiatry.

    Dr. Lewy is currently researching the phase-shifting effects of melatonin in seasonal affective disorder. He is also investigating how a daily dose of melatonin can synchronize the sleep cycles of totally blind people who have no light perception.

    In 2004, Dr. Lewy was awarded the Richard H. Phillips Professorship in Biological Psychiatry to recognize and support his ongoing research interests and to allow him to widen the scope of his studies.

    Sharon Maynard, JD, Swanson, Thomas & Coon, Portland, OR

    After graduating from UCLA in 1984, Sharon worked as a researcher and consultant for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, and as a secretary and office manager. She received her J.D. degree in 1992 from Albany Law School in New York. Sharon's practice before joining the firm in February 2001 was indigent criminal defense. She spent 8 years working as a trial attorney for Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD), the largest provider of indigent defense services in Oregon. The last year and a half at MPD, Sharon defended people in civil commitment hearings, involuntary commitment proceedings initiated by the state.

    Sharon Maynard will be speaking on the Social Security Administration application process.  Applying for disability benefits from Social Security can be intimidating and confusing.  Learn the process,  how Social Security evaluates your claim, and what you can do to increase the chances of your application being granted.

      Patricia Moore ARNP, APRN, BC, PA-C, Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry Division, Oregon Health and Sciences University GH-249; Vancouver Geriatric Psychiatry, PC, Geriatric and Midlife Psychiatry, Vancouver, WA


      Chris Persel, MA, Centre for NeuroSkills, CA

    Chris Persel graduated from California State University in Bakersfield with a master of arts degree in psychology in May, 2003. Mr. Persel is a published speaker in the area of brain-injury rehabilitation and is the current director of behavioral programming at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield. Mr. Persel is a certified instructor in professional assault response training.


    Janet Powell, Ph.D., OTR/L, Project Investigator and Data Quality Director, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapist, University of Washington

    Dr. Powell earned her Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington, her Master's degree in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington and her Individual Ph.D. at the University of Washington with a combined program with the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychology, Education, and Biostatistics.

    Dr. Powell serves as Data Quality Director for the UW TBI Model System overseeing the national and local data collection and is a co-investigator on the study of the effect of exercise on mood following TBI. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation were she teaches Foundations of Occupational Therapy, Physical Disabilities Theory and Practice, Geriatrics Theory and Practice, Medical Science and Applied Kinesiology Laboratory.  Dr. Powell has over 20 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals with brain injury.  She had primary responsibility for the project “Outcome as a Function of Alternate Pathways of Post-Acute Medical Treatment” in the first funding cycle of the UW TBI Model System.

    Dr. Powell's clinical interests include the treatment of individuals following stroke and traumatic brain injury; interventions for visual, perceptual, and cognitive impairments; and neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) approach.

    Research Interests:

    Dr. Powell has particular interest and expertise in the management of vision dysfunction. She currently has funding from the UW Royalty Research Fund for a study on the use of prism lenses to compensate for diplopia following TBI. Her other research interests include recovery following brain injury including the perspective of TBI survivors on their recovery and methodological issues in studies of rehabilitation effectiveness.

    Selected Publications:

    Powell JM, Machamer JE, Temkin NR & Dikmen SS. (2001). Self-report of extent of recovery and barriers to recovery following traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82, 1025-1030.

    Powell JM, Temkin NR, Machamer JE & Dikmen SS (2002). Non-randomized studies of rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury: Can they determine effectiveness? Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation83, 1235-1244.

    Dikmen SS, Machamer JE, Powell JM & Temkin NR. (in press). Outcome 3 to 5 years following traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    Powell JM & Hunt EB. (2002) Cognitive science and cognitive rehabilitation. Manuscript submitted for publication.

    Pennie S. Seibert, Ph.D. , Chair of Psychology Department, Director of Applied Psychological Science Research Institute, Director of Research, Idaho Neurological Institute at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

    Dr. Seibert received her Ph.D. in experimental cognitive psychology from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque in 1990. She joined the Boise State University Psychology Department in 1990.

    Dr. Seibert's research interests focus on the effects of CNS injury, recovery, neural repair, and neuroplasticity. She conducts her program of research under the auspices of the Idaho Neurological Institute at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Her research is conducted in collaboration with a team composed of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, pulmonologists, trauma physicians, physiatrists, and other health care professionals. Examples of research projects include a 20-year longitudinal study of over 200 people who have sustained severe brain injuries, deep brain stimulation for control of Parkinson’s, stroke, innovative surgical procedures for spine repair, sleep disorders, CNS tumors, and using the findings from data driven research to design best practice models for superior recovery from neurological insult. All of Dr. Seibert's research projects combine basic and applied research to advance knowledge about neuroplasticity and neural repair with the goal of consistently improving outcomes for those who sustain neural insult.

    Dr. Seibert’s teaching interests include: General Psychology (Psychological Science), Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Medicine (Health Psychology) Cognitive Psychology, Directed Research, Independent Study, Internship, and Senior Thesis.

    Recent Publications
    Seibert, P. S., Stridh-Igo, P., & Zimmerman, C. G. (in press).  Challenging the Stigmas of Stroke.  National Stroke Association: Stroke Clinical Updates

    Seibert, P. S.; Reedy, D. P.; Hash, J; Webb, A.; Stridh-Igo, P.S.; Basom, J.; & Zimmerman, C. G. (2002).  Brain Injury: Quality of Life's Greatest Challenge.  Brain Injury, Vol 16, No. 10, 837-848.



    McKay Moore Sohlberg,PhD., Associate Professor, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Area of Special Education, College of Education, 5261 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-5261

    McKay Sohlberg is widely known for her pioneering work in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. She has worked as a clinician, researcher, and administrator in the development of programs to assist individuals with brain injury to reintegrate into the community at maximal levels of independence. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of methods to manage acquired deficits in attention, memory, and executive functions.

    Dr. Sohlberg has been active at the state level serving as an advocate for persons with brain injury and their families. In the Communication Disorders and Sciences program at the University of Oregon, Dr. Sohlberg teaches courses on neuroanatomy, service delivery, and rehabilitation methods for acquired cognitive disorders, dementia, and aphasia. Her current research project is called Think and Link: Email for People with Cognitive Disabilities.

    Bart Stevens, ChLAP, AzCLDP

    Special Needs Planning for Persons with a Brain Injury, Saturday, October 2, 10 am

    In 1993, after a 20 year career in business and estate planning, Bart Stevens, founded Bart Stevens Special Needs Planning, LLC to exclusively educate, provide information, and assist families and professionals in planning for the current and future care, supervision, and security of a person with special needs. He is one of the first planners to have earned the professional designation of Chartered Lifetime Assistance Planner (ChLAP) from the National Institute on Life Planning for Persons with Disabilities. In addition, Bart is an Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer.  He is an Associate Member of the Arizona Bar Association, the Maricopa Bar Association and the Society of Settlement Professionals.

    Bart speaks at local, state, national and international conferences including the Brain Injury Association of Arizona, Autism Society of America, National Down Syndrome Society and Congress, Spina Bifida Association, and Epilepsy Foundation. In addition to assisting families, Bart is a future planning consultant to attorneys and financial advisors. He also speaks to professional organizations including the Certified Financial Planners Association, The Society of Financial Professionals of Phoenix, Arizona and the Arizona and Oklahoma Departments of Developmental Disabilities. His presentation has been praised for its easy to understand yet comprehensive and educational format.

    He has helped thousands of families overcome the obstacles to special needs planning through his educational seminars, individual planning assistance and group planning workshops throughout the United States. In November 2003, Guardianship Filing Services began operations in Arizona. This service provides assistance to families and professionals in petitioning for guardianship. This service will gradually be expanded nationally. He has written articles for publications including The Advocate (The Autism Society of America’s newsletter) and Paraplegia News. He has been a guest on radio and television shows and been interviewed by The New York Sunday Times; Mature Outlook Magazine; Kiplinger Reports; The Washington Times; The Chicago Tribune and the Arizona Republic. In August 2004, the first of a series of quarterly articles will appear in Exceptional Parent magazine.

    He also serves as the Future Planning Consultant for the iCAN-online and Autism Today disability websites and authored the Estate Planning brochure for the National Down Syndrome Society. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, The ABC’s of Special Needs Planning Made Easy.  He has worked with hundreds of organizations, support groups, government agencies, school districts and professional groups nationwide.

    Douglas A. Swanson, JD, Partner, Swanson, Thomas & Coon, Portland, OR

    Doug Swanson was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1980. He is a member of the Oregon state and federal courts. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico and obtained his J.D. degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

    Doug has represented over 2,000 injured workers over the last 20 years. He has particular interest and experience in representing people who have suffered head injuries, and in litigating toxic chemical cases.

    He has authored several articles on work-related injuries including a chapter entitled "Dealing with Workers Compensation Boards" in a medical textbook entitled "Occupational Skin Disorders (Daniel J. Hogan, M.D., ed., Igaku-Shoin Pub. 1994).He is also a contributor to the Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Textbook on Workers' Compensation. Doug is a regular speaker to unions, medical students and doctors, and has taught workers' compensation law at Portland Community College.

    He is also a former president of Oregon Workers' Compensation Attorneys (OWCA), a statewide association of claimants' attorneys. In 2001 he received the Douglas W. Daughtry Professionalism Award from the Workers' Compensation Section of the Oregon State Bar.


    William H. Wilson, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Interim Director, Inpatient Psychiatry, OHSU

    Dr. Wilson received his BA in English from Brown University in1973, a MD from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1981, and Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in 1986.

    Research and Scholarly Interests:

    Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness which affects more than one percent of the population worldwide. Schizophrenia is now recognized as a brain disorder. It is best treated by antipsychotic medication and comprehensive psychosocial support. Dr. Wilson investigates the effects of antipsychotic medications on symptoms, brain function, and overall outcome of schizophrenia. His research methods include clinical trials, effectiveness studies, and brain mapping using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

    General psychiatry: In addition to clinical and teaching responsibilies in an academic medical center, Dr. Wilson also explores more general topics outside of his particular area of research, writing chapters, and advising governmental agencies regarding mental illness and psychopharmacology. He has an active private practice of general adult psychiatry, with a focus on diagnostics, psychopharmacology, and the integration of biological, psychological and social aspects of treatment.

    Academic Experience: As one of the core faculty in the department of psychiatry, Dr. Wilson teaches both medical students and psychiatric residents. He is frequent speaker to lay audiences, including advocacy groups, community groups and legislators.


    Mark S. Yerby, M.D. MPH, Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine. Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon.

    In addition to being a practioner, Dr. Yerby is a leading researcher and speaker specializing in the areas of epilepsy, epilepsy and pregnancy outcomes, and antiepileptic medications.

    He is the founder of the North Pacific Epilepsy Research Center the home of studies, research projects, and his office.   

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