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Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee is comprised of highly accomplished leaders and experts in the field of medicine.  Learn more about each of our committee members today!

Tony L. Strickland, MS, PhD
Barry D. Jordan, MPH, MD
David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD
Julian E. Bailes, MD
Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D.


Tony L. Strickland, MS, PhD
Chairman & CEO

Dr. Strickland is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with considerable experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of concussion and related disorders.

He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Behavioral Medicine) at the University of Georgia.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship and research practicum in psychopharmacology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association Division 50 (Addictions), and the American College of Professional Neuropsychology.

Dr. Strickland is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.  He is a member of the pop Warner Medical Advisory Board, and he consults on Concussion Management Programs for hundreds of club, high school, collegiate, and professional organizations.  Dr. Strickland’s research seeks to better characterize traumatic brain injury, dementia, and related neurobehavioral disorders across the life span.

Dr. Strickland utilizes multi-project investigations that employ brain imaging, neuropsychological, and other neurobehavioral assessments to pursue two overarching research themes:

•    the understanding of potential differential expression of neurobehavioral disorders among underserved populations across the life span.

•    the identification of effective assessment and diagnosis, and potentially promising treatment interventions to be explored in future clinical service and research.

An underlying focus of his work is the development of a research program consisting of experienced and committed professionals conducting innovative clinical neuroscience investigations that attract scientists from regional, national, and international communities.

He has been the principal investigator of a number of National Institute of Health supported research investigations, and has managed a large number of other projects primarily related to clinical neuroscience.  He is the author of numerous research articles and has presented nationally and internationally.


barry-joardan-md-picBarry D. Jordan, MPH, MD

Dr. Jordan is a board-certified neurologist with specialized interests in sports neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. 

Dr. Jordan is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Athletic Commission and a team physician for U.S.A. Boxing. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and serves as the Director of the Brain Injury Program and Memory Evaluation Treatment Service (METS) at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York. 

Dr. Jordan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in neurophysiology and obtained his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jordan completed an internship in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center and performed his neurology residency training at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. 

Dr. Jordan has completed several fellowships including: a fellowship in public health at Cornell University Medical College, a clinical neurology fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, a fellowship in sports neurology at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at UCLA Medical Center. 

Currently, Dr. Jordan serves on the National Football League (NFL) Players Association Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee and the National Football League (NFL) Neuro-Cognitive Disability Committee.


newman-toker_davidDavid Newman-Toker, MD, PhD

Dr. David E. Newman-Toker is a Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with joint appointments in Health Sciences Informatics, Emergency Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy & Management. He is a core faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, where he directs the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence.

He completed his M.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine before going on to neurology residency training and fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology at Harvard University. He went on to complete a second fellowship in Neuro-otology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and his Ph.D. in clinical research methods at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Newman-Toker’s clinical interest is in diagnosis of acute disorders affecting the brainstem and cranial nerves, particularly stroke.

His research mission is to achieve better outcomes through better diagnosis. His team’s work has focused on errors in diagnosis, test overuse, decision modeling, clinical algorithms, new diagnostic technologies, and decision support to reduce misdiagnosis and improve efficiency of diagnostic testing in frontline healthcare settings such as the emergency department. He has been the principal investigator for multiple NIH, AHRQ and foundation grants on these topics. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, most focused on diagnosis or misdiagnosis of patients with acute dizziness and vertigo. His work has been recognized through membership in the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, the American Neurological Association, and the international Bárány Society. He is a recent recipient of the Stroke Innovation award, the Bárány Society’s Young Scientist Award, and the Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Professor of Neurologic Education Award. He has served as Chair of the international Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference from 2010-2012 and is the Co-Chair of the Classification Committee of the Bárány Society. He has given over 170 invited lectures on dizziness and diagnostic errors around the globe.


julian-bailes-mdJulian Bailes, MD

Dr. Bailes’ is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute.

Dr. Bailes’ expertise is in neurovascular disease.  He is a recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery and the impact of brain injury on brain function.  He has been instrumental in the understanding of the clinical evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease found in individuals who have been subjected to multiple concussions and other forms of head injury.  His laboratory research has focused upon mechanisms and treatment of cerebral concussions.  Dr. Bailes also is a founding member and director of the Brain Injury Research Institute, which focuses on the study of traumatic brain injuries and prevention.

Dr. Bailes previously served for 11 years as the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine where he specialized in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of cerebrovascular disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.  Since 1994, he has been a neurological consultant to the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), which has supported research on the effects of head injuries on professional athletes.  He is the Medical Director of the Center for Study of Retired Athletes based at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He has been an advisor to the NCAA and also is the Medical Director for Pop Warner Football, the largest youth sports association in the U.S.

Dr. Bailes has over 120 scientific publications concerning various aspects of neurological surgery, including three books on neurological sports medicine, and performs editorial duties for a number of medical journals.  Dr. Bailes has been honored as one of the nation’s best surgeons for eight consecutive years in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Doctors” and “America’s Top Surgeons.”


n-anderson-bio-picNorman B. Anderson, Ph. D.

Norman B. Anderson, PhD, has had a wide-ranging career as a national leader, first as a scientist and tenured professor studying health disparities and mind/body health, and later as an executive in both government and non-profit sectors.

For 13 years (until 2016) Dr. Anderson served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association (APA).  With 120,000 members and affiliates, APA is the largest and oldest of the world’s psychological societies.  Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., APA has a staff of more than 550 and an annual budget greater than $115 million.

Prior to joining APA, Dr. Anderson was the founding Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in charge of social and behavioral science.   At NIH, he facilitated behavioral and social sciences research across all the Institutes and Centers of the NIH.  His special interest at NIH was in sociocultural determinants of health, and in advancing an integrated, trans-disciplinary, bio-psycho-social approach to health science, health promotion, prevention, and health care.

In addition to his formal leadership roles, Dr. Anderson served as an associate professor at Duke University and as a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.  He is well-known for his research and writing on health and behavior, and on racial/ethnic and economic health disparities.  For his research, service, and leadership, he has received a number of significant awards from scientific societies and universities, including four honorary doctorate degrees.  In 2012, Anderson was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Science.

In addition to publishing dozens of scientific articles, Dr. Anderson is the author and editor of several books, including serving as editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior (2003) and as co-editor of Interdisciplinary research: Case studies from health and social science (2008). For over 12 years he was editor-in-chief of APA’s flagship journal, American Psychologist.

Dr. Anderson is currently Principal of Anderson Leadership Coaching and Consulting, LLC, where he uses mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology (strength-based approaches) to help established and emerging leaders perform at their best.  In addition, he serves on the advisory boards for eMindful, Inc. and InteraXon, Inc.