Bios

Norman Doidge, M.D

dr-doidge-internet-picNorman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, essayist, and poet, on faculty at the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and, Columbia University, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  Dr. Doidge has written over 170 scientific and popular articles. He has written two books, both of which deal with new approaches to learning disorders, through the understanding of the brain’s neuroplasticity, and ability to change its structure and function.  His book, The Brain That Changes Itself,  has been described by neurologist Oliver Sacks  as “Fascinating…a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.”  The London Times has written,  “Brilliant…Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science…the implications are monumental.”  The New York Times has written that The Brain That Changes Itself, has “implications…not only for individual patients with neurologic disease but for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.”  It is available in 23 languages and over 100 countries, has sold over a million copies, and has been chosen by the Dana Brain Foundation USA’s journal, Cerebrum, from among  the 30,000 books ever written on the brain,  as the best general book on the brain. His second book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, also became a New York Times best seller, and has been translated into 21 languages. Doidge has also made three films documenting the neuroplastic changes he describes in his books. He is finishing a novel.

Dr. Ed Hamlin

ed-hammlinDr. 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.