Research

Research Services and Consulting

We have a strong team of PhDs, MDs, psychologists, therapists and biomedical engineers who are deeply rooted in neuroscience and psychology and  who are passionate about discovering novel ways to improve people’s neuro and mental wellness. If you’re a research institute, biomedical engineering firm, pharmaceutical company or similar organization, we’d love to work with you to help you realize your R&D objectives.

We have also joined forces with the Centre for Neurology Studies (CNS) to provide a one-stop-shop for researchers looking for more robust services and tools to achieve their project objectives. With this collaboration you can now get everything you need to ideate, design, execute, analyze and complete your projects.

Our Research Leaders

Chief Science Officer

FARROKH MANSOURI, PhD

Sergio R. Pérez Rosal
Special Advisor - Clinical Research

DR. SERGIO PÉREZ

Braeden Terpou
Research Associate

BRAEDEN TERPOU, PhD

Resident Scientist

HEATHER HARGRAVES, MA., C.PSYCH.ASSOC. (SP), NM-T

Jeff
SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

JEFF TARRANT, PH.D., BCN

Scientific Advisor

JAY GUNKELMAN

Chad Williams
Research Associate

CHAD WILLIAMS

Chief Science Officer

FARROKH MANSOURI, PhD

Farrokh is a leader in applying data science and machine learning to neuroscience field. Where he works on novel applications incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence in neuro tech. Farrokh comes from a highly multidisciplinary background with experience applying data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in the fields of neuro science, climate science, and finance. He is an experienced leader having previously built and managed technical teams in various start-ups. Farrokh holds a BASc, MHSc and PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto and has authored over 20 research papers that were published in prestigious scientific journals.
Today, Farrokh is on a mission to make the world a better place. He enjoys using multidisciplinary approaches to solve real-world problems. He is especially interested in the development and adoption of newly emerging technologies to create innovative solutions.

Special Advisor - Clinical Research

DR. SERGIO PÉREZ

Dr. Pérez works as a medical doctor at OVID Clinic Berlin and as MIND Academy director at the MIND Foundation. He is also a certified Beyond Experience Facilitator. Currently, Dr. Pérez is training in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Being located in Berlin, Dr. Pérez is part of an experienced team of psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and anesthesiologists that offers psychotherapy augmented by ketamine and other methods such as stroboscopic light induction (Lucia Nr. 03), EEG NeuroMeditation, and integration psychotherapy.

In the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, Dr. Pérez thinks it is necessary to standardize procedures and educate professionals and the general public in a scientific and secular way to create a safe environment and legal framework for therapy and human development.

Research Associate

BRAEDEN TERPOU, PhD

Braeden is an ardent researcher who specializes in neuroimaging and mental health. Braeden has published many first-author papers in prestigious neuroscience journals, many of which focus on self-related processing disturbances, i.e., the sense of self, in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the related neural underpinnings. Braeden is currently leading a simultaneous EEG-fMRI investigation to determine the cross-modality neural correlates underlying PTSD and moral injury.

Braeden strives to identify neural correlates underlying psychopathology, as well as how these neural correlates promote the altered phenomenological states observed commonly in mental health disorders. Once these neural correlates are understood more thoroughly, targeted treatments such as neurofeedback and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy may be used to improve mental health outcomes and build resiliency in mental health populations. Instrumental to the above process will be leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to tailor therapy to the individual – a vision Divergence Neuro and Braeden share passionately.

Resident Scientist

HEATHER HARGRAVES, MA., C.PSYCH.ASSOC. (SP), NM-T

Heather Hargraves is a trauma therapist and researcher and passionate advocate for neuro and mental health practices. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice.
Heather’s research interests investigate the neurological underpinnings of various states of consciousness, including dissociation, meditation, psychedelics and various polyphasic states of consciousness, associated with shamanic practices. Her masters research focused on the therapeutic induction of altered states of consciousness, based on research findings related to psilocybin.
Currently, Heather is an advocate for the interface of neurofeedback modalities with psychedelic therapies, with an emphasis on the preparation and integration periods that bookend psychedelic therapies, once they are legalized.

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

JEFF TARRANT, PH.D., BCN

Dr. Tarrant is the founder and Director of the Neuro Meditation Institute and author of the book, “Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain.” Dr. Tarrant received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1997. He is a licensed psychologist and board certified in neurofeedback. Dr. Tarrant has devoted much of his professional career to working with technology-based interventions such as quantitative EEG, neurofeedback, biofeedback, and audio visual entrainment (AVE). He has also trained extensively in a variety of spiritual and meditative practices, including Zen, Vipassana, Taoism/Qigong, Arhatic Yoga, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
His research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of contemplative practices,technological interventions, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is the Chief Science Officer for Healium XR, creating biometrically controlled virtual reality experiences. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences Dr. Tarrant offers in-office and home-based EEG NeuroMeditation sessions with BrainAvatar and New Mind systems. In his spare time, Dr. Tarrant enjoys playing the drums, attending concerts, and spending time in nature

Scientific Advisor

JAY GUNKELMAN

Jay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomate, is recognized as one of the top leaders in the field of EEG and QEEG, and has processed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972. He has served as president of The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, as well as a board member and treasurer of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is a past-president of the Biofeedback Society of California. He is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Brain Science International and is a popular lecturer worldwide on the topic of QEEG and phenotype identification of neurological disorders.

Research Associate

CHAD WILLIAMS

Chad is a statistician and PhD Candidate of Neuroscience at the University of Victoria. He is an expert in electroencephalography (EEG) and computational modelling, which he applies in his research investigating real-world reasoning. Specifically, he partners spectral decompositions of EEG with computational modelling in order to understand how humans decide to put forth effort and achieve optimal decision making. He also works with brain-computer interfaces, where he controls robots and computers with his brain waves via mobile EEG systems.

Our team of talented researchers would love an opportunity to help you achieve your research objectives. Below are a few areas where we are already assisting others but we’d love to discuss your projects in more detail to develop something to meet your needs.

Psychedelic Biomarkers

Biomarkers

We’ll work with you to develop and execute a research program to identify specific biomarkers (EEG, HRV, etc.) that may predict the efficacy of a specific compound in the treatment of one or more psychological conditions. Our machine learning and artificial intelligence platform will underpin the data collection, analysis and predictive model development.

Treatment Efficacy

Treatment Efficacy

Our team of psychotherapists, technologists and scientists will help you develop and execute on a research project or trial to test the efficacy of a specific type of psychotherapy treatment or protocol. We will use the Divergence Neuro Platform to compare EEG baselines, intra and post session recordings with qualitative and quantitative assessments to help determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

Research Consultation

Research Consultation

We are happy to provide consultation to help you design and execute any research program specific to your needs using EEG, ECG, HRV and other biometrics, leveraging our knowledge of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Reach out to us today to find out more about our research and consulting or to have us design a project for you.