Articles & Publications by Dr. Curtis Cripe

Clinical Outcomes in Addiction: A Neurofeedback Case Series

Jay Gunkelman, QEEG-Diplomate and Curtis Cripe, PhD

This case series (N = 30) shows the impact of an addiction treatment approach that uses phenotype-basedneurofeedback in an integrated clinical treatment (Crossroads Institute), which combines targeted brain recovery exercises and neurotherapy. We present pre– and post–neurocognitive testing and electroencephalography/quantitative electroencephalography measures of the phenotype findings in this polysubstance-based addict population.

The electroencephalography phenotypes identify two separate drive systems underlying individual addiction: central nervous system overactivation and obsessive/compulsive drives. In addition to sobriety and abstinence, the neurocognitive improvements documented are particularly impressive.

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Effective Use of LENS Unit as an Adjunct to Cognitive Neuro-Developmental Training

Curtis T. Cripe, PhD

DOI: 10.1300/J184v10n02_07

This article describes three case studies where the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) was used to augment neurotherapy/neuro-development training to help overcome cognitive and developmental issues. Simultaneously applying neuro-developmental exercises and LENS training has reduced treatment time in our clinic for certain conditions such as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The LENS training actually seems responsible for allowing other forms of treatment to take place.

The first case study was of 4 1/2-year-old identical twins, with developmental delay and autistic spectrum that completed their training within 18 months and graduated out of our program symptom-free, performing as normal 6-year-olds.

The second case involved Attention Deficit Disorder with hyperactivity and Oppositional Defiant Disorder in a 12-year-old male with comorbid learning and memory issues compounded by undetected food allergies which had affected CNS functioning since birth.

The final case was a 43-year-old female with a mild head injury and significant visual and auditory processing problems.

In all cases the post-treatment quantitative EEG results demonstrated normalized Z-scores. Cognitive ability testing with the Woodcock-Johnson® III Tests of Cognitive Abilities (Woodcock, McGrew, & Mather, 2001) likewise documented that post-treatment cognitive abilities had normalized. Following the case presentations clinical impressions about LENS training and its effectiveness are presented.

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NeuroConnections

Curtis Cripe, Phd

Well . . . What is it? ADD – Food Allergies – Heavy Metal Toxicity or ????

Most of us have been faced with what seemed to be a fairly straightforward presenting set of client complaints that would easily fit an Attention Deficit Disorder profile. When using the DSM-­IV criteria and standardized parent and teacher questionnaires such as the Conors Profiles everything appears to line up and a classic set of data points concur. But when we take a look at the client’s qEEG the seemingly straightforward pattern often becomes a bit more complex, and may even be more confounding when we apply classic neurotherapy or qEEG guided ADD protocols and find that at best we have either minimal success and/ or progress doesn’t hold for very long.

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Psychology's New Design Science: Theory and Research

The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: The Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function

LENS: The Low Energy Neurofeedback System