Scholars, scientists, students, and community members gather on the campus of Simon's
Rock to explore and discuss the fascinating world of neuroscience and neuropsychology.
The LaBerge Mind & Brain Speaker Series is free and open to the public. The 2018-2019
program highlights the study and practice of neuroscience in the Berkshire community.
The series is named in honor of former Simon’s Rock faculty member David LaBerge,
whose teaching inspired many students and whose work in neuropsychology continues
to make significant contributions to the understanding of consciousness.
Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is medical director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center
and an associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
at Columbia University Medical Center. He is an associate clinical professor at the
Child Study Center, at Yale University. He is an adjunct associate professor of Psychological
and Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at University of Massachusetts
Amherst. He is the former co-director of the Sackler Parent-Infant Program at Columbia
University, former director of the MRI Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric
Institute, and former director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic
Training and Research. While in New York, he also had a private psychoanalytic practice.
Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD, is a psychologist and neuropsychologist. Since 2017, she
has been the national director of clinical services for College Internship Program
(CIP). Prior to that she practiced clinical neuropsychology for over two decades,
most recently at the NYU Child Study Center, where she was an assistant professor
at the NYU School of Medicine. She has specialized in the diagnosis and evaluation
of individuals across the lifespan with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other types
of neurodiversity. Liz has lectured and written on many topics including executive
functioning, employment, relationship and intimacy, co-occurring conditions, classroom
learning, comorbid disorders, psychotherapy, college, young adulthood, and at-risk
babies. She has a special interest in ASD in girls and women.
Ray Kasevich, MS in Electrical Engineering and CEO/Cofounder, JR Technologies LLC,
is an expert in electromagnetic science and engineering, particularly radio frequency
(RF) and microwave. With 48 U.S. and foreign patents and 50 peer-reviewed papers,
he has 35 years experience in advancing the state of the art and applying it in a
wide range of applications. Ray has taught at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, most recently
a course on neurophysics. He has collaborated with neuropsychologist David LaBerge,
who taught psychology and biology at Simon's Rock from 1997 to 2007, and together,
they have written extensively on the theory of electric resonance in apical dendrites
and the neural correlates of consciousness. Ray received his MS from Yale University
and studied in doctoral programs at the University of Michigan and MIT.
Desiree Byrd, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified neuropsychologist. Her research examines the roles of health disparities and culture in the expression
of cognitive dysfunction in central nervous system disease. Her interests are in HIV/AIDS,
substance use, and underrepresented populations. Her work focuses on the functional
correlates of neuropsychological impairment in diverse populations and has been funded
by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging. She is an associate
professor of neurology and psychiatry at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, and
taught psychology at Bard High School Early College, Manhattan. She has served on several committees for APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), National
Academy of Neuropsychology, the Harlem Community Academic Partnership, and the International
Neuropsychological Society. She has published her research in numerous neuropsychological,
psychiatric and medical journals.
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