Research

Current Research

The Impact of Neurofeedback on PTSD: A Case Study

Abstract:

This research report includes examination of the process and results of using neurofeedback as a treatment mode for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The subject of the study was a military retiree with three decades of active duty service who saw action in three counter-terrorism operations and observed the deaths of over two dozen service members. Treatments were conducted at Vitanya Wellness in Tempe, Arizona, from October 2018 through April 2019. The study included the subject taking part in a total of 36 sessions using cutting-edge neurofeedback technologies. Data was collected at each of the 36 sessions and, coupled with diagnostic assessments every 6 weeks, comprised the data set for this qualitative study. Statistical analysis indicated clinically significant improvements in both executive functioning (CEFI-A) and quality of life (WHOQOL-Bref) measurement areas at both 12- and 24-week assessment points. Clinically significant improvement was also present in trauma indexes (PCL-C) at the 24-week assessment point. C. Forkner, 2019.

Business Edge Neuroscience: The Neuroplasticity Solution

Abstract:

In today’s competitive business environment, optimizing employee productivity is essential. For veterans rejoining the civilian workforce, perceptions about the effects of trauma and translatable skill sets often result in veterans being underemployed. Tapping into the broad range of skill sets veterans possess and mitigating the effects of service trauma is a value-added proposition for companies and organizations. This study examined five military veterans who were employed by a national financial investment company, Charles Schwab, to determine whether a neuroscience program may result in workplace performance improvements. Analysis tested whether the six-month neuroscience program resulted in subjects experiencing reduction in the effects of trauma, increased stress resilience, and an overall improvement in quality of life leading to improved workplace performance. Weekly sessions with a Brain Performance Coach included two sessions per week during the first 12 weeks and one session per week during the last 12 weeks. Statistical analyses included measurements using the PTSD Checklist-Civilian (PCL-C), Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory – Adult (CEFI-A), and World Health Organization Quality of Life – Brief (WHOQOL-Bref). Results of the statistical analyses indicated an overall decrease in the effects of trauma, improvements in executive functioning, and improved quality of life. Of the subjects in this study, three of the five veteran employees (60%) were promoted during the study or shortly thereafter as a result of improved workplace performance. This suggested a positive correlation between neuroscience program participation and improved workplace performance. C. Forkner, S. Smith, 2020.

Current Projects

"A Mother's Gift" - The Poetry of Lois Stodieck

Book project editing the patriotic and Americana poetry of Lois Stodieck in collaboration with her daughter, Deb Ray. eBook and eventual hard copy. 

A Family Legacy of Service

Book project following the legacy of service of the Forkner, Shark, Tausig, and associated families in America.