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BA Boston College, MS UCLA Physiological Science, MS UCLA Neurobiology, PhD, UCLA Neurobiology

Kristen Willeumier, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist with extensive research expertise in brain function, injury and disorders. Dr. Willeumier holds a BA degree in psychology from Boston College, and MS degrees in physiological science and neurobiology and a PhD degree in neurobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She conducted her graduate work in the laboratory of neurophysiology at the University of California, Los Angeles and the laboratory of neurogenetics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she continued her work in the field of neurodegenerative disease, focusing on the molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease. In recognition of her work at UCLA and Cedars- Sinai, she was the recipient of the prestigious NIH fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health and has presented her work at national and international scientific meetings including the Society for Neuroscience and the Gordon Research Conference in Hong Kong, China.

More recently, Dr. Willeumier served as the Director of Neuroimaging and Clinical Research for the Amen Clinics, where she led the efforts to utilize imaging technologies to better understand the neurobiological issues underlying psychiatric disorders. In this capacity she oversaw a number of pioneering studies, principal among them a clinical research trial investigating the long-term effects of repetitive subconcussive impacts in National Football League (NFL) players. Subsequent work focused on therapeutic approaches to rehabilitate brain function in athletes with mild traumatic brain injury and the application of machine learning algorithms to neuroimaging data to improve the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Willeumier is widely published and has authored or co-authored over 55 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Nature Translational Psychiatry and the Journal of Neuroscience. Areas of published research include traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, autism, biomarkers of suicide, obesity, gender differences in brain function, clinical outcomes and brain rehabilitation.

Dr. Willeumier currently holds a position on the Scientific Advisory Board of Tate Technology, LLC, a Los Angeles-based sports safety and technology licensing company, and serves as a Scientific Advisor to the Addiction Medicine Institute in Newport Beach, CA, and the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Wellness Clinic Center for Neuroscience in Bangkok, Thailand. She is the founder of Willeumier Enterprises, LLC, a boutique consulting firm which provides an array of services including writing grants and manuscripts, designing research studies and creating neuroscience-based brain health curricula.

Dr. Willeumier is a leading advocate for brain health and wellness and a frequent contributor to top media outlets. She can be heard on Radio MD with Your Brain Health with Dr. Kristen Willeumier and the Salem Radio Network with Here's To Your Health. She is a correspondent for KMIR-TV NBC Palm Springs and has appeared on CNN, KING5-TV CBS Seattle, KDVR-TV FOX Denver, WATN-TV ABC Memphis, WSFA-TV NBC Montgomery, iHeart Radio, Sports X Radio, Coast-to-Coast radio, and magazines including Marie Claire. She is the author of the upcoming book Biohack Your Brain: How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power, which will be published with the William Morrow imprint at HarperCollins in the winter of 2020.

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Thank you for visiting my website. I have had the privilege of sharing the information I have learned as a research scientist both in a laboratory and clinical setting in the areas of mind-body health, brain function, longevity and the impact of concussions across a diverse range of organizations and events some of which include:

  • Academy of Regenerative Medicine
  • American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians
  • California Women's Conference
  • Gordon Research Conference
  • Independent Football Veteran's Conference
  • Maria Shriver's Move For Minds
  • NFL Player's Association meetings
  • NFL Retired Players Congress
  • LA Clipper's Organization
  • Professional Compounding Centers of America
  • RAAD Fest, the National Institutes of Health
  • Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • World Brain Mapping Congress
  • Universities: Stanford, USC, Thomas Jefferson Law School

Dr. Kristen Willeumier is a featured contributor to prestigious national and local market media including Salem Radio where her series Here’s To Your Health can be heard regularly by clicking on the “Listen To The Show 24/7” buttons on the website platforms of all Salem air personalities, including Dennis Prager (, Dr. Sebastian Gorka (, and Hugh Hewitt (, among others. Dr. Willeumier also reports live each month on brain health as correspondent for the NBC affiliate KMIR-TV, Palm Springs morning show Desert Living. In addition, her popular podcast Your Brain Health With Dr. Kristen Willeumier can be heard on RadioMD (, the #1 destination for health and wellness podcasts from medical professionals and is available for download via iTunes.

Upcoming Media

Equilibrium dysfunction and earthquakes
July 8, 2019 | News Radio 600 KOGO (San Diego, CA)
The neuroscience of morality
August 1, 2019 | News Radio 600 KOGO (San Diego, CA)

Upcoming Events

Past Events

KMIR-TV NBC Palm Springs - Desert Living April 26, 2019 | KMIR-TV NBC Airs live on 4/26 at KMIR-TV NBC at 11:30 am. Replays are on KPSE MyNewtworkTV at 12:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Academy of Regenerative Medicine March 22-23, 2019 | Weston FL The Academy of Regenerative Practices (ARP) provides information and educational programs on the clinical uses of regenerative and stem cell therapies. The ARP promotes Regenerative Medicine by teaching physicians integrative and comprehensive treatment methods including bone marrow and adipose stem cells and platelet rich plasma. The ARP is dedicated to providing physicians with the latest regenerative clinical practices and providing the data to support these therapies.


Desert Living, KMIR-NBC Palm Springs

Media & Press

Articles & Shows

Dr. Willeumier on CYInterview

Articulate and Forward Thinking Neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier Talks Football, Concussion, Brain Health, More

Fox 5 San Diego: The Chemistry of Romance

The Entrepreneur Show: Brain Optimization for Entrepreneurs

Fox 31 Denver: How Your Work Space Affects Your Brain Health

Dr. Willeumier at RAAD Festival

Dr. Willeumier CNN PSA
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Dr. Willeumier on I Heart Radio's Brain Health Minute

Dr. Willeumier on the Salem Radio Network with Here's To Your Health

National Podcast


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Dr. Kristen Willeumier is available for:
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