NHF’s Mission is to empower parents to have healthy children free of chronic neurological health disorders
Scientific Advisory Board
The Neurological Health Foundation has formed a Scientific Advisory Board composed of practicing medical doctors, nutritionists, neuroscientists as well as professors at major universities to develop specific, evidence-based regimens and recommendations that women and couples can follow utilizing The Healthy Child Guide and PregnancyKitchen.org. The Board is composed of a group of distinguished academics and clinicians with a diverse set of expertise. Click on any board member name to expand.
James B. Adams, Ph.D.
Director of Autism/Asperger’s Research Program, Arizona State University
James B. Adams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University. He has published over 30 scientific articles on autism. He is also the President of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the President of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, and the co-leader of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Autism Research Institute. He is the proud father of three children, including one with autism.
Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN
Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN, is the Director of the Nutrition Clinic at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, with over a decade of experience working with nutrition in children with autism and related disorders. At the Johnson Center she directs a team of dieticians and nutritionists that has served over 3000 children through this practice. In addition to her clinical practice, Kelly also serves as the Johnson Center Clinical Care Director, overseeing management and implementation of multidisciplinary care across the practices within the organization. In 2008, Kelly accepted the position of Nutrition Coordinator for the Autism Research Institute. In this role, she designs and manages curriculum and training for hundreds of nutrition practitioners each year, as well as providing direct training for thousands of parents. Kelly is a sought-after presenter, speaking at several national and international conferences each year. Her studies and work at JCCHD are the culmination of many years’ effort and expertise, with the last several years devoted to understanding the biological underpinnings of the disorder we know as autism. Her work has raised awareness of the need for these services for children with autism and related disorders. Kelly is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Rodney Dietert, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunotoxicology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University Dr. Rodney Dietert, Ph.D. received the B.S. degree from Duke University (1974) and his Ph.D.from University of Texas at Austin (1977). During the past 37 years at Cornell, Rodney has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Field of Immunology, Associate Director of the Cornell Superfund Program, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Environment, Director of the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Director of the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors and President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. He has more than 300 publications concerning prenatal and childhood risk factors for chronic diseases with a focus on the developing immune system.
Stuart Freedenfeld, M.D.
Dr. Freedenfeld received his Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from the University of Rochester in 1970. He received his Medical Degree, with honors, from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1975. He completed a three-year residency in Family Practice at Hunterdon Medical Center in 1978 and served as chief resident there from 1977-1978. He became board certified and a diplomat of the Academy of Family Practice in 1978, and was re-certified in 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008. He is a respected international lecturer in areas including autism, ADD/ADHD, detoxification and many afflictions associated with aging.
Richard E. Frye, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas Medical School
Dr. Richard Frye is the Director of Autism Research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Research Institute, Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Director of the Autism Multispecialty Clinic at ACH and Co-Director of the Neurometabolic Clinic at ACH. He received his M.D./Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Miami, residency in Child Neurology and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Learning Disabilities at Harvard University/Children’s Hospital Boston and a fellowship in Psychology at Boston University. He holds board certifications in Pediatrics and in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. Dr. Frye is a national leader in autism research. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and serves on several editorial boards of scientific and medical journals.
John Green, M.D.
Dr. Green trained in family practice, emergency medicine, holistic and environmental medicine, in the 70’s and 80’s. Since 1999 his focus has been on clinical research, physician outreach in Hungary, Italy and Poland, and collaboration with parents to optimize treatment of their children. Recognizing that children with autism have very diverse problems, needs and potentials, his emphasis is to provide individualized care with evidence- and outcome-based treatments guided by biomarkers and clinical tracking tools.
Debby Hamilton, M.D., MSPH
Pediatrician at Holistic Pediatric Consulting in Denver, Colorado and author of Preventing Autism & ADHD: Controlling Risk Factors Before, During and After Pregnancy
Dr. Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH is a Pediatrician with experience in primary care, integrative medicine, research, speaking and writing. Her education includes an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University followed by a medical degree from Chicago Medical School, where she graduated with honors. Dr. Hamilton founded Holistic Pediatric Consulting in Colorado in 2005. Her practice focuses on treating children with chronic diseases such as autism and ADHD and preconception counseling based on her book, Preventing Autism and ADHD: Controlling Risk Factors Before, During & After Pregnancy. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, Physician Nutrition, and Integrated/Holistic medicine (AIHM), and has a Master of Science degree in Public Health (MPH). Her book led to her collaboration in the writing of The Healthy Child Guide through the Neurological Health Foundation. She has also contributed chapters for Child Decoded: Unraveling Learning and Behavioral Disorders. She joined Researched Nutritionals in 2017 as their Director of Physician Education and Clinical Research.
Lynne Heilbrun, MPH
Faculty Associate, Department of Family and Community Medicine, The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Lynne Heilbrun attended the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, where she received her MPH. Her graduate work on environmental exposures and intolerances associated with ADHD was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR/GRO fellowship program. She has over ten years’ experience in the field of children’s environmental exposures, with a focus on neurodevelopment. In 2007, she served as a consultant to develop an EPA-funded community-based program aimed at reducing prenatal exposures. She is currently serving as the Autism Research Coordinator at the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio. Her research team’s discovery of semi-volatile organic chemicals in baby teeth was featured in CNN Headline News in 2012 and has been photographed for a future issue of National Geographic.
Vicki Kobliner, MS RDN, CD-N
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Holcare Nutrition in Wilton, CT
Ms. Kobliner received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with high honors from Oregon State University with a Master’s degree in Food and Nutrition. She is a contributing author to two books: A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in Americas Children, and Essential Remedies for Women’s Health. Vicki is a contributor to Natural Nutmeg Magazine, sits on the professional advisory board of Epidemic Answers, and is a member of the Connecticut PANDAS/PANS Legislative Advisory Council. She has lectured nationally and internationally about the role of nutrition in autism and related disorders and is a member of the nutrition faculty of the Autism Research Institute. Vicki’s practice employs a functional nutrition approach, using natural agents to help the body heal itself. Vicki works with infants, through adults with chronic illnesses, digestive disorders, food allergies, ADHD and autism and provides fertility and prenatal nutrition counseling.
Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN
Dana Godbout Laake is a Licensed Nutritionist providing preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services through Dana Laake Nutrition. Her practice encompasses complex medical nutrition issues affecting adults, and children with special needs. An honors graduate and outstanding alumnus honoree from Temple University, she received her Master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland.
In addition to media presentations, writing, radio talk show hosting and providing professional continuing education courses,Dana Laake has been a Maryland Legislative Assistant on health issues and has served four Gubernatorial appointments on two state health care regulatory boards (Dentistry and Dietetic Practice). She is co-author of “The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet” (2009) and “The ADHD and Autism Nutritional Supplement Handbook” (2013).
Pamela J. Lein, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurotoxicology and Vice-Chair at University of California, Davis
Dr. Pamela Lein is Professor of Neurotoxicology and Vice-Chair in the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis. She received a B.S. with Honor in Biology from Cornell University, a M.S. in Environmental Health from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Buffalo, NY.
After postdoctoral training in Molecular Immunology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY and professional experience as an environmental health analyst in western NY for a private consulting firm, Dr. Lein joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at Canisius College. Subsequently she moved to Baltimore, MD to take a position as an assistant professor in Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she developed an independent research program in developmental neurotoxicology. Dr. Lein was recruited to the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology at the Oregon Health & Science University in 2003 and then in 2008 to her current position at UC Davis. She is also a member of the faculty of the M.I.N.D. Institute faculty and the NIH and EPA-funded Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Other professional experience includes Chair of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group at UC Davis, Director of the NIEHS-funded training program in Environmental Health Sciences, and member of the editorial board of the journals Toxicological Sciences, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Neuro-toxicology and Teratology and NeuroToxicology. Her research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which environmental stressors modulate neurodevelopment and neurologic function.
Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D., CCN, CHN, CNS, LD/N
Director of Academic Development, Nutrition and Integrative Health programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health
Liz Lipski, Ph.D., CCN, CNS, CHN, holds a doctorate and is board certified in Clinical Nutrition, Holistic Nutrition, and as a Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Lipski is the Academic Director of Nutrition and Integrative Health Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is also on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine. She is the author of two peer-reviewed papers, a chapter in Integrative Gastroenterology, and several books: Digestive Wellness, Digestive Wellness for Children, Digestion Connection, and Leaky Gut Syndrome. Dr. Lipski is a on the editorial board for Brain and Gut, and a special advisor for the National Association for Nutrition Professionals. Throughout the year she speaks at conferences and does frequent media interviews.
Sharon McDonough-Means, M.D.
Dr. McDonough-Means is in private practice in Tucson, Arizona, specializing in integrative, developmental pediatrics. She has been involved in several research studies including a major nutritional evaluation and treatment study for children with autism, was principal investigator on an NIH grant for a pilot study of Healing Touch for mitigating stress in ill neonates and co-investigator in a study evaluating the response of spasticity in children with Cerebral Palsy with osteopathic manipulation or acupuncture.
Jessica Mitchell, ND
Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Mitchell is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Residency Director at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. After her 2005 graduation from SCNM she pursued a first year residency position where she discovered her passion for pediatric medicine. In 2007, she became the first Naturopathic Pediatric Resident. During her residencies, she participated in two double-blind placebo controlled studies on biomedical treatments of autism. Articles from this research have been published in The Journal of Toxicology and BioMed Central Clinical Pharmacology. She has gone on to work on two other treatment studies on Autism. She is a Founding Member and the Treasurer of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
In addition to her administrative work, Dr. Mitchell oversees student medical rotations and maintains a private practice at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. Dr. Mitchell believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself when given the appropriate environment and nutrients to do so. She believes in using the safest and gentlest medicine first. She utilizes homeopathy, nutrition, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy and environmental medicine in the care of her patients.
Robert K. Naviaux, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, Biochemical Genetics, and Metabolism, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Dr. Naviaux is the founder and co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center (MMDC) at UCSD. He is a former president of the Mitochondrial Medicine Society (MMS), and a founding associate editor of the journal Mitochondrion. He is an internationally known expert in human genetics, inborn errors of metabolism, metabolomics, and mitochondrial medicine. He is the discoverer of the molecular basis of Alpers syndrome—the oldest Mendelian form of mitochondrial disease—and the developer of the first DNA test to diagnose it. Dr. Naviaux’s lab has developed a number of advanced technologies like biocavity laser spectroscopy and mtDNA mutation detection by mass spectrometry. He is a Salk-trained molecular and cell biologist, the inventor of the popular pCL retroviral gene transfer vectors, and was trained at NIH in tumor immunology and natural killer cell biology. Dr. Naviaux is a co-director of the UCSD Institute for Metabolomic Medicine (IMM) Polar Metabolomics Core, and Director of the Metabolomics Core of the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) at the VA Medical Center in San Diego. He has been the PI for over 20 IRB-approved human subjects protocols at UCSD since 1995. In 2010, Dr. Naviaux was a member of the Cal-Echoes oceanographic expedition to collect environmental and ecosystem data along the California coast. His recent discoveries in autism were recognized with a prestigious Trailblazer Award from Autism Speaks. His 2013 paper reporting preclinical studies of a new way to treat autism was ranked the #1 most-viewed paper of 2013 on the Simons Foundation global literature survey web site.
Dr. Naviaux serves as an international expert in metabolic disorders and study section member for the Muscular Dystrophy Society of France [Association Française contre les Myopathies (AFM), European Union], and has served as an invited national advisory council member for autism research for the U.S. national Autism Treatment Network (ATN), and for youth suicide prevention for the Bernard Foundation. Dr. Naviaux’s expertise in mitochondrial biochemistry, environmental health, autism, genetics, metabolism, and virology is a strong addition to our multidisciplinary team of distinguished advisors.
Nancy O’Hara, M.D.
Pediatrician, Center for Integrative Health
Dr. Nancy O’Hara is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’ Hara was in private practice for seven years. Dr. O’Hara has worked with Dr. Sidney Baker and other practitioners in the research and care of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder for many years. Since 1999, she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Until January 2010, she was the Assistant Medical Director for Defeat Autism Now!® Physician Training and the Physician Mentoring Director for Defeat Autism Now!® in Europe.
Raymond Palmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Dr. Palmer received his Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California and has been an active researcher in the field of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research for nearly 30 years. Currently at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, he is associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Palmer is currently involved in understanding the role of environmental risk factors for developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders.
Kathryn Records, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Hubert C. Moog Endowed Professor, College of Nursing at University of Missouri- St. Louis
Dr. Kathryn Records has worked as a registered nursing providing care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns for 3 decades. Her research focuses on the childbearing health of women and their newborn during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She specifically targets how experiences such as abuse, obesity, and depression may affect outcomes for the woman during childbearing and for the child across the first year of life.
Then check out The Science Behind the Healthy Child Guide. Authored by the NHF Scientific Advisory Board, this white paper presents over 150 research studies on how to maximize the probability of having a healthy child free of chronic neurological health disorders.