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Dr. Kristen Willeumier

National Advisory Council Member


Kristen Willeumier, PhD, is a neuroscientist with research expertise in neurobiology and neuroimaging. Dr. Willeumier holds a BA degree in Psychology from Boston College, an MS degree in Physiological Science from the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences and an MS and PhD degree in Neurobiology from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she continued her research on the genetic analysis of neurological disorders. She was the recipient of a National Research Service Award Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and has presented her work internationally. Having served as the Director of Neuroimaging Research for the Amen Clinics, she led the efforts in utilizing imaging technologies to understand the neurobiological signatures underlying psychiatric disorders.


In this capacity, she oversaw many pioneering studies, including a clinical research trial investigating the long-term effects of repetitive subconcussive impacts in National Football League 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 in peer-reviewed medical journals including The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Translational Psychiatry and The Journal of Neuroscience and is the author of the book Biohack Your Brain: How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power (William Morrow, HarperCollins). She lives in Los Angeles, CA.


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