About Us

About Us

Who We Are

In 2005, following a distinguished career as a clinical neuropsychologist, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, Dr. Tony L. Strickland established the Center for PCS and PTSD Treatment and Clinics (Center for PCS and PTSD Treatment) to provide state-of- the-art assessment, diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention services to:

  • Provide specialized neurological and neurobehavioral care to people with head injuries, post-concussion syndrome, balance/vestibular disorders, acute/chronic pain, and memory/learning disorders.
  • Address the comprehensive concussion care needs of athletes and other active persons of all ages playing high velocity sports

The National Sports
Concussion Coalition

The National Sports Concussion Coalition is the most comprehensive alliance between health professionals and leading organizations across youth, college and pro sports. Individually and collectively, the coalition is working to enhance the sports experience for kids in the United States by advancing the approaches to identify and manage concussions in sports.

Clinical Staff

Paul Longobardi, MA, PhD

Attending Neuropsychologist

Ivan A. Fras, MD

Attending Neurologist

Kevin Carroll, PhD

Attending Neuropsychologist

Katherine Kruser, PsyD

Director of Clinical Onboarding

Lina Lee, CBIS

Cognitive Rehabilitation Specialist Psychometrist

Devin Randle, MA

Psychological Extern

Clinical Providers

Julian Bailes, MD

Consulting Neurosurgeon

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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 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.”

Kaveh Khajavi, MD

Consulting Neurosurgeon

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Dr. Khajavi is a neurosurgeon at Georgia Spine & Neurosurgery Center. He is also a neurosurgery consultant for the Atlanta Falcons and was the neurosurgery consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers until they left Atlanta. Dr. Khajavi received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1985 and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989, on an Air Force scholarship. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Khajavi returned to active duty and served in the Department of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Khajavi was the first Air Force officer to ever be given an appointment in the department of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed. While there he served as the Chief of Epilepsy and Functional Surgery sections. He held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and also held a secondary appointment in the department of Neurology.

Dr. Khajavi has participated in research protocols in the fields of spinal disorders, minimally invasive spine surgery, epilepsy, brain tumors and seizures, brain hemorrhages, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. He is the author of numerous publications and book chapters on the above topics, as well as spinal disc degeneration and spine and brain infections, and has given many national presentations on the above subjects. Today, Dr. Khajavi is a recognized leader and innovator in the field of minimally invasive complex spine surgery, and proctors other spine surgeons locally and nationally. Dr. Khajavi also founded the Institute for Spinal and Neurosurgery Research (INSPIRE), a non-profit organization dedicated to performing world class clinical research.

Dr. Khajavi specializes in the surgical treatment of disorders of the spine, brain, and peripheral nerves, and has a special interest in complex spinal pathology and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He lectures students often at Mercer University and Georgia State University, and is Adjuvant Professor at GSU. Dr. Khajavi also has special interest in the emerging field of sports neurosurgery, including the management of concussion and sports related traumatic spine injuries.

Barry D. Jordan, MD, MPH

Consulting Neurologist

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Dr. Jordan is a board certified neurologist with specialized interests in sports neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. He 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 B.A. in neurophysiology and obtained his medical 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.

Karen Earnest, PhD, ABPP-CN

Consulting Neuropsychologist

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Dr. Earnest is a neuropsychologist in private practice and Neuropsychology Training Director at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles. Dr. Earnest received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles in 1983 and her psychology doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1988. She did her clinical psychology internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda, CA. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and a second postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She did specialized training as a Clinical Fellow in Wada testing at UCLA. She earned her diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology in 1997.

Dr. Earnest has been on staff at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles since 1990 and served as Internship Training Director of the APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship for 7 years, as well as trained postdoctoral clinical fellows in Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology. She is the Neuropsychology Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry.

She is a consultant on the Epilepsy Surgery team and Movement Disorders team and conducts behavioral analysis and testing following standard intracarotid sodium methohexital injections in advance of neurosurgical interventions in Interventional Radiology. Dr. Earnest conducts comprehensive adult neuropsychological assessments for known or suspected central nervous system disorders and is involved in clinical teaching in the field of neuropsychology.

Larry C. Bernard, PhD

Consulting Neuropsychologist

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Dr. Bernard is a clinical neuropsychologist and diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He has specialized in neuropsychological assessment and malingering for over 35 years. His work involves complex independent medical and forensic neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Bernard also taught at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, for over 28 years. During that tenure, he was Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. He is now Professor Emeritus of Psychology.

Dr. Bernard is co-author of Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Factors in Health and Illness and has over 47 Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmententific publications, primarily focusing on human motivation, psychological assessment, health, and neuropsychological testing. He is also co-founder and served as the first president of the Society for the Study of Motivation, an international association of motivation researchers.

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Arthur P. Kowell, MD, PhD

Consulting Neurologist

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Dr. Kowell is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty board-certification in clinical neurophysiology at Encino Neurological Medical Group. He is also a Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His BA degree is from the Johns Hopkins University. He completed the Medical Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmententist Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his MD degree and also a PhD in anatomy. His internship in internal medicine and neurology residency were completed at UCLA.

In addition to general neurology and clinical neurophysiology, Dr. Kowell’s areas of specialization include dementia, traumatic brain injury, and evaluating patients who have violent and aggressive behavior. He is a member of the County of Los Angeles Superior Court Panel of Expert Witnesses in neurology. He is a member of the Super Doctors Southern California Hall of Fame.

Center for PCS and PTSD Treatment 
Scientific Advisory Committee

Our Center for PCS and PTSD Treatment Scientific Advisory Committee are highly accomplished leaders and experts in the field of medicine.

Tony L. Strickland, MS, PhD

Chairman & CEO

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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 neuroCenter for PCS and PTSD Treatmentence investigations that attract Center for PCS and PTSD Treatment 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 neuroCenter for PCS and PTSD Treatment. He is the author of numerous research articles and has presented nationally and internationally.

Barry D. Jordan, MPH, MD

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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.

David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD

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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 Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmentences 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 Center for PCS and PTSD Treatment 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, MD

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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 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.”

Norman B. Anderson, Ph. D.

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Norman B. Anderson, PhD, has had a wide-ranging career as a national leader, first as a 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 Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmentence. At NIH, he facilitated behavioral and social Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmentences 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-diCenter for bio-psycho-social approach to health Center for PCS and PTSD Treatment, 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 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 Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmentence.

In addition to publishing dozens of Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmentent 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 InterdiCenter for PCS and PTSD Treatment research: Case studies from health and social Center for PCS and PTSD Treatmentence (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.

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