Team Members

Dr. Jeffery A. Martin

Course Facilitator
Research Professor, Director

Transformative Technology Lab

@ Sofia University

Team Role: Chief Scientist and Study Director

Dr. Jeffery A. Martin is a professor, founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being. He spent the last 10 years conducting the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE). More recently, he has used this research to make systems available to help people obtain profound psychological benefits in a rapid, secular, reliable, and safe way.

Nichol Bradford

Course Administrator
Executive Director

Transformative Technology Lab

@ Sofia University

CEO, Willow Group

Team Role: Study management and participant recruitment

Nichol Bradford is the CEO of the Willow Group and Executive Director of the Transformative Technology Lab at Sofia University. She has served as a senior executive in video games with responsibility for strategy, operations, and marketing for major brands including Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi Games. Nichol has an MBA from Wharton School of Business in Strategy, a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston, and is a graduate of Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program 2015.

Richard N. Gevirtz, Ph.D

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Alliant International University

Research Director

Pain Research Center

Sharp Hospital.

Team Role: Data analytics

Richard is a global leader in biosignal analysis and clinical use. He serves as Associate Editor of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is past-President of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP). Richard is the author of numerous publications on the psychophysiological mechanisms and treatment using heart rate biofeedback, respiratory retraining, and cognitive behavioral therapies of disorders affected of the autonomic nervous system.

Arnaud Delorme, PhD

CNRS principal investigator

Faculty, University of San Diego

California

Team Role: Data analytics

In 2000, Arnaud completed his PhD Thesis on visual categorization in humans, monkeys, and machines and moved to the Salk Institute for a post-doc in Terry Sejnowski and Francis Crick’s laboratory where he focused on statistical analysis of electro-encephalographic (EEG) signal recorded during various cognitive tasks. He developed the free EEGLAB software for advanced analysis of EEG signals in collaboration with Scott Makeig, software which is now amongst the most used software in EEG research worldwide. He was awarded a Brettencourt-Schueller young investigator award and a 10-year anniversary ANT young investigator award for his contributions to the field of EEG research.

Watson Xi, PhD

Principal Investigator, Associate Director for

Neural Computation and Analysis

Transformative Technology Lab

@ Sofia University

Team Role: Data analytics

Watson works as a senior data scientist studying ways we can find patterns in physiological and health data in order to improve our state of well-being. During his doctorate, he studied brains through the lens of mathematics, exploring how neurons interact to generate interesting and important activity. Previously he was a scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, writing code to find patterns in data. His focus now is on how to use technology to give us access to our own patterns of mental, physical and emotional state. Watson is a meditator of over twenty years.

Karen Froendhoff, RPh, LAc

Research Scientist

Transformative Technology Lab

@ Sofia University

Team Role: Biological sciences director

Karen is a microbiologist, pharmacist, and acupuncturist who specializes in alternative health and wellbeing. Her diverse career has included spending a decade as a researcher for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and being a retail pharmacist for CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. Her many awards include being a national honoree of Speaking of Women’s health, and being designated the community pharmacist of the year by Walmart, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

Ariel Berwaldt

Research Associate

Transformative Technology Lab

@ Sofia University

Team Role: Data analytics

Ariel has a degree in Cognitive Science with experience in data science and neuroscience. He has long had an interest in improving the human condition and raising the quality of life using the most efficacious means available. Currently he focuses on meditation, nootropic, and neurohacking related technologies.

Lindsay Briner

Research Associate

Transformative Technology Lab

@ Sofia University

Team Role: Study support

Lindsay is currently in year 3 of her PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Sciences at Sofia University. Her foundational background is in neurobiology, where she predominantly investigated the effects of transcendental meditation on the neuroendocrine stress response. Lindsay received a Master’s degree in theoretical transpersonal psychology with an independent specialization in Cosmology and Consciousness also at Sofia University. Lindsay’s passion and research topic resides in the investigation of quantum coherence and vibrational modes of neural molecular structures that access the spacetime field of consciousness, and how consciousness is produced through the geometrical, self-organizing, information feedback systems of spacetime itself.

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