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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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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 (www.dennisprager.com), Dr. Sebastian Gorka (www.sebgorka.com), and Hugh Hewitt (www.hughhewitt.com), 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 (radiomd.com/show/your-brain-health), the #1 destination for health and wellness podcasts from medical professionals and is available for download via iTunes.
Brain Scanning and Therapeutics: How Do You Know Unless You Look? Neuroimaging Guided Treatment in Forensic Settings DG Amen, K Willeumier. 2018. The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Forensic Neuroscience 1, 601-629. Learn More
A study to examine the correlation between regional perfusion patterns and neuropsychological performance in NFL offensive linemen and defensive backs. N Torosyan, C Raji, D Amen, K Willeumier, K Visnagra, D Kirsch, D.Silverman. 2017. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 58 (supplement 1), 140-140.
Gender based cerebral perfusion differences in 46,034 functional neuroimaging scans. Amen DG, Trujillo M, Keator D, Taylor D, Willeumier K, Meysami S, D, Raji C. (2017) J Alzheimers Dis. 2017 Aug 4. doi: 10.3233/JAD-170432. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28777753
Functional Neuroimaging Distinguishes Autism Spectrum Disorder from Healthy Subjects using Machine Learning Algorithms. Amen DG, Sarabi M, Willeumier K, Taylor DV, Raji C, Rhagavendra, R. (2017) J of Systems and Integrative Neuroscience. Apr 10;3(3). DOI: 10.15761/JSIN.1000160.
Perfusion Neuroimaging Abnormalities Alone Distinguish National Football League Players from a Healthy Population. Amen DG, Willeumier K, Omalu B, Newberg A, Raghavendra C, Raji CA. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Apr 25;53(1):237-41. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160207.
Functional Neuroimaging Distinguishes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from Traumatic Brain Injury in Focused and Large Community Datasets. Amen DG, Raji CA, Willeumier K, Taylor D, Tarzwell R, Newberg A, Henderson TA. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 1;10(7):e0129659. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129659. eCollection 2015.
Functional neuroimaging with default mode network regions distinguishes PTSD from TBI in a military veteran population. Raji CA, Willeumier K, Taylor D, Tarzwell R, Newberg A, Henderson TA, Amen DG. Brain Imaging Behav. 2015 Sep;9(3):527-34. doi: 10.1007/s11682-015-9385-5.
Effects of brain-directed nutrients on cerebral blood flow and neuropsychological testing: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Amen DG, Taylor DV, Ojala K, Kaur J, Willeumier K. Adv Mind Body Med. 2013 Spring;27(2):24-33.
Impact of playing American professional football on long-term brain function.. Amen DG1, Newberg A, Thatcher R, Jin Y, Wu J, Keator D, Willeumier K. 2011 Winter;23(1):98-106.
Elevated body mass in National Football League players linked to cognitive impairment and decreased prefrontal cortex and temporal pole activity. Willeumier K, Taylor DV, Amen DG. Transl Psychiatry. 2012 Jan 17;2:e68. doi: 10.1038/tp.2011.67
Articulate and Forward Thinking Neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier Talks Football, Concussion, Brain Health, More
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