Michael Cohen is the Founder, President, and Director of Training for the Center for Brain Training. He has specialized in Applied Psychophysiology and EEG Biofeedback since 1996.
As Director of Education for EEG Spectrum, one of the main training organizations in the field, Mike organized and taught courses around the world to psychologists, therapists, and physicians on the use of neurofeedback. He has helped organize and teach courses introducing neurofeedback to psychiatrists at the annual American Psychiatric Association and has also taught neurofeedback at many annual, industry conferences.
Mike has served on the Board of Directors for two of the largest professional organizations in the field of neurofeedback. He has produced over 70 monthly audio CD interviews with top industry leaders, as well as with professionals from related fields.
Mike entered the field after neurofeedback helped his father with major depression. The depression hadn’t responded to any medication or even ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). When Mike discovered neurofeedback, he encouraged his dad to try it. The response was remarkable — especially considering that nothing else had worked. Since then, Mike’s goal has been to make these tools more accessible to people who need them and can benefit from them.
Over the years, Mike has used neurofeedback with thousands of people. Additionally, he’s helped hundreds of people get started in neurofeedback by teaching several different courses for both healthcare professionals and home users.
In addition, Mike provides clinical consulting services to healthcare professionals and home users. With professionals, he reviews clinical cases with them and provides guidance in using neurofeedback with specific patients, as well as providing Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) mentoring. For home users, he discusses various possible protocols, oversees home training as needed, and also consults with consumers about various ways neurofeedback can best help their situation.
Prior to opening his first neurofeedback center, Mike was a consultant in high-tech for twenty years, working with a variety of complex systems. After neurofeedback helped his father in 1995, he decided to leave high-tech to dedicate himself to making this new brain technology more accessible to a larger number of people. He opened a practice in Atlanta with the practitioner who helped his father. Then he was recruited to help the largest training organization in the field of neurofeedback. Since entering the field, Mike has had extensive training in biofeedback and neurophysiology. Because of his technology background, he’s been involved in helping evolve some of the neurofeedback instrumentation.
Neurofeedback 101 Three-Day Course, Instructor. 2007-Present
Neurofeedback Two-Day Intermediate Skills Course, Instructor. 1999-Present
Online Protocol Discussion Groups, Mentor and Facilitator. 2012-Present
Online Mentoring Groups, Mentor and Facilitator. 2012
Introduction to Neurofeedback Course for Medical Students, Instructor. 2008-Present
Educational Phone Forum, Facilitator. 2003-Present
Introduction to Neurofeedback for Psychiatry, Co-Chair and Instructor. 2005-2011
Introductory Course Palm Beach Atlantic University Counseling Program, Instructor. 2009-2010
Mental Health Association of Palm Beach, Speaker. 2009
ISNR Annual Conference Courses, Instructor. 2001-2005
The International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) offers courses every year at their annual conference, which is the largest conference in the field. Mike was selected to present to members of ISNR, primarily psychologists, physicians, licensed therapists, and social workers.
ISNR: Introduction to Neurofeedback – 6 hour course. 2001-2005
ISNR: Introduction to qEEG – 4 hour course. 2004-2005
Certificate Program in Applied Neuroscience Four-Day Course, Instructor. 2004-2005
EEG Spectrum International, Director of Education and Instructor. 1998-2004
Alpha-Theta Training, Co-Instructor. 2002-2004
Australian Clinical Neurofeedback Conference, Keynote Lecturer and Instructor. 2002, 2004
Q-Metrx, Inc., qEEG Training Instructor. 2001-2002
Guest Lecturer and Instructor. 1999-2004
Brain Resource Company, Consultant. 2004-2005
Southern Institute of Psychophysiology, Founder and President. 1996-1998
ISNR – International Society of Neurofeedback and Research. 1998-Present
Mike attends this conference annually, receiving 20 hours of APA CE course instruction over 3 days. The courses cover neurofeedback, assessment, EEG analysis, qEEG analysis, and neurophysiology. Instructors include the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in the field of neurofeedback and qEEG.
Clinical Courses at the Clinical Interchange Conference. 1997-Present
Mike attends these conferences annually, and completes 18 hours of APA CE courses over 3 days. These courses focus on neurofeedback, assessment, EEG analysis, and neurophysiology. Instructors include the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in the field of neurofeedback and qEEG.
Neurophysiology and Neurofeedback. 2003-2005
This in-depth, four-day comprehensive course on neurophysiology, cortical function and neurofeedback is taught by Dr. Harold Burke, Neuropsychologist. Mike completed this course every year for 3 years, and also assisted Dr. Burke in reorganizing and refining the course.
Alpha-Theta for Neurofeedback. 1996-2001
Mike attended this 15-hour course annually. Sponsored by EEG Spectrum, the course was taught by Bill Scott, an addiction specialist, and Neil King, a licensed therapist.
EEG Spectrum Introduction to Neurofeedback. 1996-2000
Mike completed 14 courses and also assisted in the class to help clinicians learn how to run neurofeedback systems. Course instructors included Dr. Barry Sterman, a neuroscientist who taught neurophysiology, as well as Sue and Siegried Othmer.
University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science. 1974
International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR). 1998-Present
For three years, Mike served on the Board of Directors of ISNR, which currently has nearly 1000 professional members. Involved with ISNR since 1998, he is an active member of the organization and has consistently attended annual conferences.
The ISNR conference is the primary international gathering for professionals involved in the research and practice of qEEG and neurofeedback. Mike both attends and has taught courses at most of the yearly conferences. He was part of the group that helped plan and create the ISNR Research Foundation. In addition, he was a member of the committee appointed to communicate with the FDA regarding regulations that affect the field of neurofeedback.
Award: Mike was named a Fellow of ISNR as a result of his work.
Clinical Interchange Conference. 1997-Present
Annually since 1997, Mike has attended these conferences hosted by EEG Spectrum. The conference focuses on neurofeedback and specific clinical issues, including ADHD, attachment disorder, depression, autism, and anxiety. From 1999 to 2010, Mike taught courses every year at the conference on the best utilization of EEGer neurofeedback software in a clinical setting. In addition, he helped host and emcee the conference from 2001 to 2005.
Host of the Autism.tv Internet Channel Show: Neurofeedback for Autism. 2013-Present
Mike Cohen hosts and interviews top experts in autism and neurofeedback, including Dr. Lynda Thompson, Dr. Paul Swingle, Dr. Robert Coben, and Dr. Mike Linden. In addition, he has created episodes which explain neurofeedback to both health professionals and families who may have children in the autism spectrum, as well as demonstrate its impact on children and families.
BCIA is the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and the main certifying organization for biofeedback. Mike’s mentoring is accepted by the BCIA for supervision hours.
Mike started this website to be a comprehensive educational resource for both clinicians and health consumers. The site explains neurofeedback in-depth and in a way that is easy to understand. While no longer involved in the daily management of the site, he is one of the site’s expert advisors.
“He’s been an amazingly knowledgeable resource for us.”
Avery Bratt, Ph.D. and Laura Bratt
AHA Psychological Services, Kansas City, KS
“Mike has provided me with critical information relative to specific cases, and with regard to general practice procedures.”
Susan Parente, Psy.D., Montclair, NJ