Lucia M. Vaina, MD. Ph.D.
Dr. Vaina presently serves at Boston University as a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a Research Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Vaina is also associated with the Neurology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School-Department of Neurology. She is on the faculty of the Athinoula A. Martino’s Center for Biomedical Imaging at Harvard University and a Research Affiliate in the Center for Biological and Computational Learning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science. She is Director of the Brain and Vision Research Laboratory at Boston University and co-director of the Neurology of Vision Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Vaina’s research is in core problems in cognitive neuroscience and neurology. She is using various methods including experimentation/psychophysics, computational modeling, neuropsychological & behavioral neurology approaches with brain-damaged patients, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and magneto encephalography (MEG).
Dr. Vaina has published 144 peer-reviewed research articles and has authored/edited five books on cognitive and visual science. She served as a charter member of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Perception and Cognition Study Section, and on the National Science Foundation, Brain Initiative Review Panel. She is the chief editor of the American Journal of Case Reports and the Section Editor on Neuroscience & Neurology of the Medical Science Monitor. In 2000 Dr. Vaina was nominated the Millennium Professor at the University of Bologna, and between 2003 and 2006 she held the prestigious Rientro dei Cervelli Award at the same University. She has been elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2004) and she received a doctorate Honoris Causa in Medicine-Neurology, from the Vasile Goldis University, Romania.
Dr. Vaina holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic from Sorbonne, France, and a M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Toulouse, France. She completed postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience and artificial Intelligence at the UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School.
Tim Brookshire started his law enforcement career in 1996 where he worked several assignments from Advanced Officer Training, SWAT and Deep Cover Operations in narcotics. Tim earned his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies and his Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Public Administration. Tim has more 20 years of combined law enforcement and security experience as he worked his way up through ranks to the position of Chief of Police with the Clifton Police Department in Arizona.
Tim took his law enforcement expertise overseas to Afghanistan in 2009 where he worked with Afghan Law Enforcement Executives in the development of the Afghan National Security Forces. Tim’s methods and techniques were used effectively to train the Afghan National Forces to combat insurgency operations and facilitate counter-insurgency missions in Afghanistan. After serving 13 months of overseas service, Tim returned to the U.S. where he worked for the U.S. Department of Defense assisting in the development of Civilian Police Program with the United States Marine Corps. Tim has traveled the world teaching self-defense and advanced police combative techniques to police officers and military personnel in such countries as Bulgaria, Brazil, and Afghanistan.
In 2012 Tim transferred to the Department of Homeland Security/Transportation Security Administration specifically for the SPOT Program (Screening Passenger through Observation Techniques). Currently, Tim is responsible for supervising and managing a department of over 65 behavior detection officers (BDOs) at a major international airport. The SPOT Program is charged with protecting the nation’s aviation security system by observing/searching for passengers who may have hostile intent by using a very specific criterion.
Tim has completed certification programs with Former FBI Special Agent, Joe Navarro in Nonverbal Communication as well with Dr. Paul Ekman’s Micro-facial Expression advanced courses at the expert level. Tim has been certified in Hostile Intent Detection and Evaluation, (HIDE) by Lt. Peter DiDomenica, Esq who was responsible for creating what the TSA has come to know as SPOT in 2006. Tim has also been certified in Behavior Detection and Analysis by the United States Department of Homeland Security and is considered a subject matter expert.
Tim started his career in academia with Maricopa Community College District in 1999 teaching at the law enforcement-training academy. Tim has instructed several courses in criminal justice and business management. Currently, Tim is a certified associate professor and works for Valencia College’s criminal justice program in the Orlando, FL area.
Tim Brookshire, MPA, B.S.
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