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Keynote Speakers

Monday, June 10th - Dr. Paul Lebby

Conceptualizing Perception, Emotion, and Behavior through Foundational Neuroscience:
An Informed Approach to Crisis Situations

Dr. Lebby Bio

Dr. Paul Lebby is the Medical Director of Neuropsychology, and Director of Neurodevelopment at Valley Children’s Hospital and Valley Children’s Healthcare Network. He is Board certified in Forensic Neuropsychology, fellowship-trained, and carries the rank of Professor Emeritus. He was elected to fellow status with the National Academy of Neuropsychology, one of only five specialists worldwide given the honor that year. Dr. Lebby is a U.C. Berkeley graduate and returned to complete his doctoral education and clinical training in a joint U.C. Berkeley and U.C. San Francisco program within the departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. For over 30 years, he has specialized in complex neurodiagnostic procedures and assessment of brain functioning or dysfunction. He is credentialed to perform brain-mapping procedures during awake brain surgery; Wada (transfemoral intracarotid sodium amytal/methahexital) procedures utilizing interventional radiology techniques with catheterization of the brain; and advanced neuroradiology techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and MRI-based Diffusion Tensor Imaging Tractography (DTI-T). He is the only specialist who performs this combination of procedures in Central California, and one of only a few specialists nationwide with experience conducting these procedures with pediatric patients. In addition, he has formal training and more than three decades’ experience integrating neuroimaging into his clinical practice, and provides instruction for all levels of clinicians, from specialty physicians to allied healthcare specialists. Dr. Lebby is a published author and has written two books. He co-authored the first, “Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents,” with his intern. He was the sole author of his second book, “Brain Imaging: A Guide for Clinicians” by Oxford University Press. He has published several book chapters, multiple research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has developed and published two assessment measures of neurocognitive functioning. A committed researcher, Dr. Lebby has chaired more than 80 doctoral dissertations on topics relating to brain functioning and pathology, and clinical neuroscience. Dr. Lebby has been involved with law enforcement based first-responder activities since the late 1980’s, reaching the rank of lieutenant in the Alameda Country Office of Emergency Services, Dive Unit, and currently Squadron Commander, for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Air Squadron as a pilot and operations coordinator of fixed wing and drone activities. As such, he has experience in both neuroscience and mental health, as well as with community first responder activities. He has lectured nationally on issues of trauma informed care, the effects of trauma on brain functioning and development, and the neuroscience of functions such as perception, emotion, behavior, relational and social functioning, etc. In his free time, Dr. Lebby enjoys photography, rock climbing, mountain biking, and fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, camping with his family, and flying as a licensed pilot.

Tuesday, June 11th - Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb

To Protect and Serve Those Who Protect:
Responder Wellness

Sheriff Whitcomb Bio

Timothy Whitcomb is the Sheriff for the Cattaraugus County Sheriff Office in Western New York. He is currently serving his 33rd year in Law Enforcement, where he spent 7 years working major crimes in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. It was in this role that he was recognized as the Blue and Gold Officer of the Year in October 2000. Sheriff Whitcomb possesses a Masters degree in Counseling Education for St. Bonaventure University and is a certified police instructor in the areas of Interview and Interrogation, the Investigation of Sex Crimes, and the Law Enforcement Response to School Violence. Sheriff Whitcomb is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI’s National Academy and is currently active nationwide as a speaking specialist on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Sheriff Whitcomb has been an adjunct professor for both Saint Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College. He has served as President for the New York State Sheriff’s Association, and is a Past President of the State of New York Police Juvenile Officer Association.

Wednesday, June 12th - Dr. Patrick Friman

The Circumstances View of Problem Behavior:
Beneficial for Misbehavers and First Responders

Dr Friman Bio

Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine. He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, in three divisions of the American Psychological Association, and of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and chapters and three books. The majority of his scientific and clinical work is in Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children on one side, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care, on the other. A secondary focus is on adolescent behavior and development. He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, happiness and pathways to success.

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