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PeakMind Founders

PeakMind is a Swansea University spin-out enterprise, having been awarded a grant from Finance Wales and receiving support from the Department of Psychology within the university. Dr. Soren Andersen and Dr. Neil Rutterford founded PeakMind in September 2005.

Dr. Soren Andersen, a Danish citizen of 35, completed his PhD in Psychophysiology in 2004 from the University of Portsmouth, focusing on the biological basis of behaviour, emotions and personality. He received neurofeedback training from the Society of Applied Neuroscience (SAN) of which he is a council member.

He has also represented Denmark in the Diagnostic and Treatment working group of the European COST Action B27 initiative: “Electric Neuronal Oscillations and Cognition”, which focuses on the use of electric neuronal oscillations in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disorders.

Soren is both a neurofeedback researcher and practitioner and his research interests centre around personality and individual differences and their influence on the spontaneous EEG, as well as their moderating impact on the conditioning process during neurofeedback training. Soren has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to investigate the efficacy of neurofeedback in reducing anxiety. He also acts as supervisor for BSc and MSc research students from Aalborg University, Denmark. Recently, he supervised a master student who succesfully completed a controversial theoretical thesis on addiction to stress (march 2009).


Dr. Neil Rutterford, CPsychol CSci.

Currently works at a university in Cambridge as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to his appointment to this post in August 2008, Neil was Head of Centre for Psychology and Counselling at Swansea Metropolitan University . He completed a PhD in neuropsychology at Swansea University in 2005 after working in clinical settings with a number of neurorehabilitation providers. Neil received EEG Spectrum accredited training in neurofeedback in 2005 and has since practised this treatment approach as a director of PeakMind.

Neil has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at international and national conferences. He also supervises several research students, and projects on which Neil is currently working include the efficacy of neurofeedback in a traumatic brain injury population; efficacy of neurofeedback in enhancing executive function performance; combining biofeedback and cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques in treating Sudanese people with social phobia; investigating the inhibition of responses after ventro-medial brain damage.

As well as being a Chartered Psychologist, Neil is a member of the Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology of the British Psychological Society, and an associate member of the British Neuropsychological Society, International Neuropsychological Society, and Society of Applied Neuroscience.

 

Berta Pacheco

Berta Pacheco is currently studying for he PhD in Cambridge. Her research project is focused on the applications of neurofeedback for cognitive enhancement purposes. She received training in neurofeedback provided by the Society of Applied Neuroscience in 2008.

Berta finsihed her Psychology Degree at the University of Lisbon in 2007, where she received training in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural interventions. Berta also worked in the Psychology Department of a paediatric hospital in Lisbon, where she provided psychological support and psychological assessments to children and adolescents.


Berta is graduate member of the British Psychological Society, a member of the International Soceity for Neurofeedback and Research, Society of Applied Neuroscience, and Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Neurofeedback training.

 
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