Neuroplasticity and Addiction
Barbara S. Peavey, Ph.D., M.S. PsyPharm, BCIAC
Internationally recognized psychologist, Dr. Peavey received her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology in 1982. She later received a post-doctoral degree in Psychopharmacology. With over 40 years of experience in clinical psychology, applied psychophysiology and biofeedback she is a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and Diplomate with the Academy of Pain Management. She has been in private practice as a psychologist since 1984 serving adolescents, adults and families with behavioral medicine disorders including ADD/ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, depression, and anxiety. She is uniquely capable of helping individuals find their strengths and integrate heart, mind, body, and spirit for health and well-being.
Dr. Peavey established the first behavioral medicine clinic at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1975, served on the graduate faculty in the doctoral program of behavioral medicine faculty at the University of North Texas and in the College of Clinical Psychophysiology at Saybrook University. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and as President of the Biofeedback Society of Texas.Dr. Peavey has pioneered the field in mind-body connection and self-regulation through biofeedback and stress management. She is a respected national and international speaker and trainer in biofeedback, psychophysiology, stress management, and psychopharmacology.
Alpha/Theta EEG Biofeedback and Addiction
William C. Scott
Bill Scott, originally educated as a Social Worker, has worked in the field of EEG biofeedback for over 20 years. He is a reoccurring guest expert on CBS’s The Doctors, Discovery Science, lectured at the American Psychiatric Association five times, and presented research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Principal Investigator of a UCLA study.
The aforementioned UCLA study is one of the largest randomized controlled trials in the field of EEG Biofeedback. In 2005 the results of the study were published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. In 1993, Bill also worked as Principal Investigator and first author of an addiction research project with Dr. Eugene Peniston where they yielded an unprecedented 79% success rate with Native American alcoholics. The Psychiatric Times published a feature article interviewing Bill about this landmark study. The Scott-Peniston protocols are still referred to by the names of the original scientists.
Considered a foremost authority on alpha-theta (an invaluable protocol for PTSD, phobias & fears, anxiety, peak performance, etc.), Bill was asked to teach and consult with Dr. John Gruzelier and his team in preparation of their study designed to improve the musical acumen of students at the Royal Conservatoire in London. The results of this research project have since been incorporated in the school's mandatory curriculum. Bill has also contributed a chapter on alpha-theta in Jim Robbins' book, A Symphony in the Brain, and the BCIA’s manual to be published in 2015.
He has also been published in the January 2000 issue of Clinical Electroencephalography (EEG), and the September 2011 issue of Journal of Neurotherapy.
Bill Scott has taught more than 3,000 Neurofeedback practitioners around the globe since 1995. Classes were taught on behalf of EEG Spectrum, BrainMaster, Stens and BrainPaint. Bill continues his research and innovative developments in the field of EEG Biofeedback as CEO of BrainPaint. In 2014, the APA’s Journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors published a BrainPaint study demonstrating that in 1 ½ weeks BrainPaint normalized the Test of Variables and significantly increased treatment retention.
Bill is currently participating in BrainPaint studies with researchers at Harvard Medical School, UNCW, UNC Chapel Hill, UCLA, UC San Diego and Fort Bliss.