Speaker Bio & Presentations

Karen Odell- Barber

Special Speaker

Karen Odell-Barber

Karen Odell-Barber is the founder and chairman of Neurologics, a company that specializes in brain mapping and brain training for people struggling with traumatic brain injuries and neurological disorders. Odell-Barber’s life changing work has been featured on multiple news networks across the country, bringing awareness to this revolutionary brain-enhancing technology.

Prior to founding Neurologics, Odell-Barber built her career as an adolescent and young adult therapist for over 25 years. She also held roles as Milieu Manager, Director of Business Development, and Chief Operating Officer for the Neuropsychiatric Center, Belmont Hills Hospital. Additionally, Odell-Barber has been a Clinical Consultant to numerous organizations, including Lifetime Television. Through these positions, she has cultivated many experiences in hands-on management within the areas of clinical service, utilization management and review, operations and maintenance, and outpatient services.

Outside of her working environment, Odell-Barber is an avid volunteer, advocate, and keynote speaker. She has presented at various behavioral health and neuroscience conferences throughout the U.S. Karen has volunteered as a lobbyist for the American Medical Association, and was able to successfully create change in 2004 when she authored legislation impacting U.S. healthcare delivery. Currently, she volunteers as a

board member for Prayer for Compassion, where she is tasked with international fundraising for over 19,000 orphans.

A member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Karen is the CEO of Treatment Consultants, LLC, a behavioral healthcare concierge case management company specializing in clinical consultation, triage, and case management of addiction, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders.

Presentations & Workshops

Advanced Brain Imaging Produces Improved Outcomes for Behavioral and Mental Health Recovery

Persistent, meaningful recovery is notoriously difficult to achieve. This is especially so for patients who suffer from comorbidities such as learning differences, mood disorders, mild traumatic brain injuries and others. Purely psychological approaches to substance recovery have value, but risk focusing on superficial symptoms and behaviors while leaving root causes unaddressed. Brain imaging technologies have skyrocketed in precision and in the volume of their use, providing an impressive view of the brain’s connectome--a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain, which may be thought of as its "wiring diagram". In part, this gap between fundamental neurological knowledge and effective treatment persists because most brain imaging technologies either have their own health risks, are necessarily confined to hospital settings, or lack the temporal precision to resolve important features of brain activity as a person actually thinks. One technique that capitalizes on our knowledge of the connectome while evading the limitations of other brain imaging modalities is quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG). qEEG measures the naturally occurring electrochemical activity of the brain as it works, in real-time. Measurements can be performed safely and conveniently. By analysing qEEG measurements of a patient against very large databases of qEEG data collected from thousands of subjects, one can conduct qEEG neurometrics, assessing the efficiency of individual neural circuits to pinpoint dysfunction and inform diagnoses. Moreover, neurometric analyses provide a roadmap for constructing individualized brain optimization regimens to build capacity in specific neural circuits. By combining periodic neurometrics with regular optimization, we can obtain reliable, objective data on the progress of individual patients as they achieve permanent cognitive repair. Neurologics has worked with more than 20,000 brains, revealing and repairing brain issues with patients who suffer from

substance addiction, PTSD, concussion, mood & anxiety disorders, cognitive decline, learning differences and other conditions. In addition, Neurologics works with high-performing athletes, executives and students to seek peak performance. The broad application of this technology attests to the simplicity of its central operating principal: the brain is the brain is the brain. We present results of our work with those in substance recovery. The results show the breadth of improvements achieved via neurometrics and optimization. In addition to significant gains across a variety of cognitive and emotional regulatory domains, these patients experienced 3.7-fold greater success in maintaining 18-month sobriety than patients receiving the typical standard of care.

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