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MINDSET has an extensive network of consulting experts. For more information on the experts in our network please email or call us at 505.249.7058.

 

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    Lyn Gaudet Kiehl, M.A. J.D. - DIRECTOR, MINDSET

    Lyn Gaudet Kiehl, is a lawyer with a forensic psychology and behavioral neuroscience background. She is the Director of MINDSET and manages all aspects of the forensic consultation practice. She works closely with both civil and criminal attorneys to help them support their cases with peer-reviewed, published science. Lyn is the former Research Director for the Center for Law, Science & Innovation (LSI) at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law and science. The mission of the Center for LSI is to facilitate the relationship between law and science by fostering the development of legal frameworks for new technologies and advancing the informed use of science in legal decision-making. Her research focus while at the Center was the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies, including neuroscience and genetics. Her present research focus is on the translation of scientific research into effective legal practice and policy

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    Jason Kerkmans, J.D. - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MINDSET


    Jason Kerkmans is a lawyer with a background in journalism and mental disability research. He was a member of the University of New Mexico Law School team lead by Distinguished Professor Jim Ellis that prepared an amicus brief on behalf of The American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities et al., in the 2014 United States Supreme Court case, Hall v. Florida. In addition to co-managing MINDSET's forensic consultation practice, he provides legal integration of MINDSET's experts' opinions, translating between the two disciplines to better ensure the well-validated science is accurately represented to the courts. As a journalist he conducted interviews with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, President George W. Bush, and Senators John Kerry and John McCain, among others.

     

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    Kent Kiehl, Ph.D.

    Executive Science Officer and Director, Mobile Imaging Core and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience

    Dr. Kent Kiehl is a Full Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of New Mexico and Executive Science Officer of the non-profit Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, NM.  Dr. Kiehl conducts clinical neuroscience research of major mental illnesses, with special focus on criminal psychopathy, sex offenders, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. The goal of his research is to achieve a better understanding of the interaction between brain function, genetics, and environmental factors in order to develop improved interventions and prevention strategies and promote better mental health as a whole.

    Dr. Kiehl’s laboratory makes use of the one-of-a-kind Mind Mobile MRI System (patent pending) to conduct research and treatment protocols with forensic populations. To date his laboratory has deployed the Mobile MRI to collect brain imaging data from over 2500 offenders at eight different facilities in two states. This represents the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository.

    Dr. Kiehl received his undergraduate degree in psychology and neuroscience at The University of California Davis where he began his scientific career in as research assistant in the Center for Neuroscience working with Dr. Michael Gazzaniga and Dr. George Mangun.  He completed his doctorate in psychology and neuroscience in 2000 from the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Drs. Robert Hare and Peter Liddle.  Following graduate school Dr. Kiehl worked as a faculty member in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale University and he was also the Director of Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living from 2001-2007.

    Dr. Kiehl has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and he currently directs seven major NIH projects in the areas of adolescent psychopathy, adult psychopathy, substance abuse, and early stage psychosis. Dr. Kiehl has been honored by the EEG & Clinical Neuroscience Society (2005) and the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR; 2005) for distinguished early career contributions.

    Dr. Kiehl lectures extensively to state and federal judges, lawyers, probation officers, correctional officials, and lay audiences about the intersection of neuroscience and law.  In the last several years he has worked with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) to develop the educational curriculum for federal judges on neuroscience in the courtroom.  He also serves as a legal consultant on criminal and civil cases involving psychopathy and/or brain imaging.

    Dr. Kiehl’s research has recently been highlighted in the following: 

    New Yorker “Suffering Souls” by John Seabrook, New Yorker, November 10, 2008, pages 64-73.

    Scientific American Mind, read article >

    Inside A Psychopath’s Brain: The Sentencing Debate by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, National Public Radio (NPR). June 30, 2010. listen now >

    Brain Scan Predict Who's Likely to be a Repeat Offender, National Public Radio (NPR), April 5, 2013. listen now >

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    Vince Calhoun, Ph.D.

    Executive Science Officer and Director, Image Analysis and MR Research

    Dr. Calhoun is a Distinguished Professor of Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (primary), Neurosciences, Computer Science, and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and an Executive Science Officer, the Director of Image Analysis and MR Research, and Professor of Translational Neuroscience at The Mind Research Network in Albquerque.

    Dr. Calhoun develops techniques for making sense of complex brain imaging data. Because each imaging modality has limitations, the integration of these data is needed to understand the healthy and especially the disordered human brain.

    Dr. Calhoun has created algorithms that map dynamic networks of brain function, structure and genetics, and how these are affected while being stimulated by various tasks or in individuals with mental illness such as schizophrenia.

    Dr. Calhoun recently received fellowship designations for both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The organizations recognize Dr. Calhoun for his contributions to human brain research.  One of Calhoun’s most significant accomplishments is his development of advanced algorithms that identify how brain regions ‘talk’ to one another either during a specific task or when at rest. He also recently earned the A. Earl Walker Neuroscience Research Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to basic or clinical research in neuroscience by a member of the faculty in any UNM department.

     

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    Jeffrey Lewine, Ph.D.

    Director of Business Development and Professor of Translational Neuroscience

    Dr. Lewine is the Director of Business Development and a Professor of Translational Neuroscience at The Mind Research Network.

     

    Dr. Lewine’s research uses behavioral and brain imaging methods including magnetoencephalography [MEG], electroencephalography [EEG], magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], and single photon emission computed tomography [SPECT]) to study brain structure and function. He has performed research on a wide range of clinical conditions including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, dyslexia, epilepsy, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. These investigations have been funded, in part, by Cure Autism Now, Johnson & Johnson, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, Orasi Medical, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lewine has previously directed functional brain imaging programs in New Mexico, Utah, Kansas and Illinois.

    Dr. Lewine is a member of the College of Scientific Reviewers for the National Institutes of Health and a member of the executive boards for the American Clinical Magnetoencephalography Society and the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical MEG. Dr. Lewine is the co-author of a textbook on functional brain imaging and he has co-authored more than 100 articles and book chapters.