Siegfried Othmer, PhD, BCIAC

Siegfried Othmer, PhD, BCIAC is the Chief Scientist at the EEG InstituteSince 1985 Siegfried Othmer has been engaged in the development of research-grade instrumentation for EEG feedback, and since 1987 has been involved in the research of clinical applications utilizing that instrumentation. Currently he is Chief Scientist at the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, CA. From 1987 to 2000 he was President of EEG Spectrum, and until 2002 served as Chief Scientist of EEG Spectrum International. Dr. Othmer provides training for professionals in EEG biofeedback, and presents research findings in professional forums.

Dr. Othmer has been President of the Neurofeedback Division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback for the past two years (2011-2013).



FORMAL EDUCATION
1962 – 1970
Cornell University - Ithaca, New York
Received Ph.D. in experimental physics, with minors in theoretical physics and mathematics; received Danforth Fellowship and teaching assistantship.

1957 – 1962
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, Virginia
Received B.S. in physics
Received First Honors, School of Science and General Studies
Co-op student at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Solid State Physics Division
Was selected to Phi Kappa Phi, as well as to the leadership honorary, ODK
The debating honorary, TKA
The journalism honorary, PDE
The physics honorary, SPS
YMCA honorary, Golden Triangle
Served as president of the college YMCA for two years, and as the President of the Southern Area of Student YMCAs for one year
Was selected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities

 

OCCUPATIONAL HISTORY
May 2002 – present
Chief Scientist, The EEG Institute
President of the Brian Othmer Foundation

May 2000 – May 2002
Chief Scientist, EEG Spectrum International, Inc.

Dec. 1988 – April 2000
President and Chief Scientist, EEG Spectrum, Inc.

June 1987 – February 1989
Laboratory Scientist, Missile Development Division, Hughes Missile Systems Group
Canoga Park, CA

August 1986 – June 1987
Manager, Sensor Components and Integration Department
Hughes, MSG, Canoga Park, CA

January 1986 – August 1986
Manager, Sensor Components Department
Hughes Missile Systems Group, Canoga Park, CA

August 1982 – January 1986
Head, Focal Plane Array Development Section
Hughes Missile Systems Group, Canoga Park, CA

November 1970 – August 1982
Member of the Research Technical Staff
Northrop Research and Technology Center, Palos Verdes, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS In Refereed Journals
Endogenous Neuromodulation at Infra-Low Frequencies
Siegfried Othmer, Susan F. Othmer, David A. Kaiser, John Putman
Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, 20(4): 246-260 (2013))

Clinical Neurofeedback: Case Studies, Proposed Mechanism, and Implications for Pediatric Neurology Practice
Stella B. Legarda, Doreen McMahon, Siegfried Othmer, and Sue Othmer
Journal of Child Neurology,(26)8:1045-1051 (2011)

Clinical Neurofeedback: Training Brain Behavior
Siegfried Othmer,  Sue Othmer, and Stella Legarda
Treatment Strategies – Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry, 2(1):67-73 (2011)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - The Neurofeedback Remedy
Siegfried Othmer, PhD, and Susan F. Othmer, BA
Biofeedback Magazine, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp. 24–31 (2009)

Neurofeedback treatment for pain associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I
Mark P. Jensen Ph.D., Caroline Grierson, R.N., Veronika Tracy-Smith, Ph.D., Stacy C. Bacigalupi, M.A., Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D.
Journal of Neurotherapy, 11(1), pp 45-53 (2007)

Phase Sensitivity of Bipolar EEG Training Protocols
John A. Putman and Siegfried Othmer
Journal of Neurotherapy, 10(1), p.73-79 (2006)

Improvements in IQ Score and Maintenance of Gains Following EEG Biofeedback with Mildly Developmentally Delayed Twins
Matthew J. Fleischman and Siegfried Othmer
Journal of Neurotherapy, 9(4), 35-46 (2006)

Effects of an EEG Biofeedback Protocol on a Mixed Substance Abusing Population
William C. Scott, David Kaiser, Siegfried Othmer, and Stephen I. Sideroff
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 31(3), 455-469 (2005)

TOVA Results Following Inter-Hemispheric Bipolar Training
J.A. Putman, S.F. Othmer, S. Othmer, and V.E. Pollock, J
Journal of Neurotherapy, 9(1), 27-36 (2005)

Emerging Trends in Neurofeedback: I. On the Status and Future of Mechanisms-Based Training
Siegfried Othmer
Biofeedback, 30(2), pp. 21-3 (2002)

Emerging Trends in Neurofeedback: II. The Challenge of QEEG-based and NLD-based Neurofeedback Protocols
Siegfried Othmer
Biofeedback, 30(3), pp.43-45 (2002)

Effect of Neurofeedback on Variables of Attention in a Large Multi-Center Trial
David A. Kaiser and Siegfried Othmer
Journal of Neurotherapy, 4(1), 2000, pp.5-15

 

BOOK CHAPTERS
Performance Enhancement Applications of Neurofeedback
Siegfried Othmer and Susan F. Othmer
Case studies in applied psychophysiology: Neurofeedback and biofeedback treatments for advances in human performance, W. A. Edmonds, & G. Tenenbaum (editors), Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK, 2011, pp. 17-30.

Neurofeedback for the Autism Spectrum
Siegfried and Susan F. Othmer
Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism, 2011-2012, Ken Siri and Tony Lyons, Editors, Skyhorse Publishing, 2011, pp 262-267

EEG Neurofeedback Therapy
Siegfried Othmer and Mark Steinberg
Chapter 19 in Clinical Addiction Psychiatry, D. Brizer and R. Castaneda, editors, Cambridge University Press, pp. 169 - 187

Neuromodulation Technologies: An Attempt at Classification
Siegfried Othmer
Chapter 1 in Introduction to QEEG and Neurofeedback: Advanced Theory and Applications (Second Edition), Thomas Budzynski, James R. Evans, and Andrew Abarbanel, Eds, Elsevier 2008, pp. 3-26

Implication of Network Models for Neurofeedback
Susan F. Othmer and Siegfried Othmer
Chapter 5 in Handbook of Neurofeedbback, Dynamics and Clinical Applications, James R. Evans, Ed., The Haworth Medical Press, New York (2007)

Interhemispheric EEG Training: Clinical Experience and Conceptual Models
Siegfried Othmer
Chapter 2 in Handbook of Neurofeedback, Dynamics and Clinical Applications, James R. Evans, Ed., The Haworth Medical Press, New York (2007). p.109-136

Efficacy of Neurofeedback for Pain Management
Siegfried Othmer and Susan F. Othmer
Chapter 50 in Weiner’s Pain Management, Seventh Edition: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, edited by Mark V. Boswell and B. Eliot Cole; Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, Florida, p. 719-739 (2005)

The Subjective Experience of Neurofeedback
Siegfried Othmer, Vicki Pollock, and Norman Miller
In "Mind-Altering Drugs, The Science of Subjective Experience," Mitch Earleywine, Oxford University Press, London (2005)

EEG Biofeedback: An Emerging Model for Its Global Efficacy
Siegfried Othmer, Susan F. Othmer, and David A. Kaiser
In Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback, James R. Evans and Andrew Abarbanel, editors, Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 243-310 (1999)

EEG Biofeedback: Training for AD/HD and Related Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Siegfried Othmer, Susan F. Othmer, and David A. Kaiser
In Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating AD/HD in Children and Adolescents, An Integrative Approach, James A. Incorvaia, Bonnie S. Mark-Goldstein, and Donald Tessmer, editors, Aronson Press, Northvale, NJ, pp.235-296 (1999)

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
The Promise of Neurofeedback
Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., Judy Phillips, Ph.D., and Ain Roost, Ph.D.
The San Diego Psychologist, April, 2001.

Efficacy of SMR-Beta Neurofeedback on Attentional Processes
David A. Kaiser and Siegfried Othmer
T.O.V.A. News, 4(2), 1998.

EEG Biofeedback: A Generalized Approach to Neuroregulation
Siegfried Othmer, Susan F. Othmer, and David A. Kaiser
To appear in Applied Neurophysiology and Brain Biofeedback, Rob Kall, Joe Kamiya, and Gary Schwartz, editors (1997).

EEG Biofeedback Training for Attention Deficit Disorder: A Review of Recent Clinical Controlled Studies and Clinical Findings
Siegfried Othmer, Susan F. Othmer, and David A. Kaiser
Journal of the BSC, October 1995.

EEG Biofeedback: An Approach to Personal Autonomy
Siegfried Othmer
Megabrain Journal, 2(4), 1995.

EEG Biofeedback Training: The Old and the New
Siegfried Othmer
Megabrain Journal, 2(3), 1994.

EEG Biofeedback Training for Attention Deficit Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Associated Conduct Problems
Siegfried Othmer, Susan F. Othmer, and Clifford S. Marks
Journal of the Biofeedback Society of California, September 1992.

 

PRESENTATIONS (partial listing)
"Neurofeedback in Application to Mental Health Conditions over the Life Span"
"Neurofeedback in Application to Optimum Functioning in the Cognitive and Affective Domains, as well as in Health Maintenance"
"Qatar International Psychiatry Symposium"
Doha, Qatar, December 2011

"EEG Feedback at Infra-low Frequencies: A Conceptual Reunification of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback"
Biofeedback Society of California, San Diego
November 2011

"Neuromodulation: The Frontier of Mental Health"
"Infra-Low Frequency Training"
"A Non-Clinical Model: Neurofeedback over the Life Span"
"Prospects for Neurotherapy" Conference
Warsaw, Poland, May 2011

"Neurofeedback for Tourette Syndrome, Tics, OCD, and Depression"
National Conference on Tourette Syndrome
Dallas, TX, June 2009

"Neurofeedback for the Autism Spectrum"
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Switzerland, March 2009
(Lecture delivered in German)

"Neurofeedback in Application to Depression"
Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society Annual Meeting (Keynote Speaker)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, November 2008

"Preventing Burnout Among Caregivers"
Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control Conference
San Diego, CA, August 2008

"Inter-Hemispheric and Lateralized Frequency-Optimized Bipolar Training"
Society for Applied Neuroscience
Seville, Spain, May 2008

"Neurofeedback: A Theoretical Model and a Clinical Approach for Individually Optimized Protocol-based Training " (Workshop)
Society for Applied Neuroscience
Seville, Spain, May 2008

"A Proposed Neurofeedback Curriculum for Optimum Performance Applications"
Society for Applied Neuroscience
Seville, Spain, May 2008

"Inter-Hemispheric and Lateralized Frequency-Optimized Bipolar Training"
Applied Neuroscience for Healthy Brain Function Conference
Nijmegen, The Netherlands, May 2007

"Empathy, Altruism, Networks, and Neurofeedback"
Winter Brain Conference
January 2007

"On the Nature of the Evidence: An Epistemology"
Biofeedback Society of California
November 2006

"The Ghost in the Box: A Twenty-Year Retrospective"
Biofeedback Society of California
November 2006

"A Final Common Pathway for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback"
Biofeedback Society of California
November 2006

"Neurofeedback for the Autism Spectrum"
US Autism and Asperger's Association
August 2006

"Brain Organization in the Domain of Timing and Frequency"
Advanced Brain Technologies Conference
July 2006

"The Self-Regulation Regime"
Winter Brain Conference
February 2006

"Generality and Specificity in Neurofeedback"
Winter Brain Conference
February 2006

"Childhood Mental Disorders"
Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine
October 2005

"Neurofeedback for the Autism Spectrum"
Defeat Autism Now Think Tank
October 2005

"Paradoxes - And Their Resolution"
Winter Brain Conference
February 2005

"Neurofeedback Training for Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Mexican Society for Neuronal Regulation
October 2004

"Theoretical Models Underlying Neurofeedback Efficacy"
Invited paper, American Academy of Pain Management Annual Conference
September 2004

"Neurofeedback as a Complementary Therapy in Addictions Treatment"
Society for Applied Neuroscience, Winterthur, Switzerland
February 2004

"Seeking a Unitary Perspective on Neurofeedback and Biofeedback"
Winter Brain Conference
February 2004

"The Promise of Neurofeedback"
Keynote Address, Oregon Psychological Association Annual Conference
May 5, 2003

"Static and Dynamic Protocols: The Continuing Search for Balance"
Winter Brain Conference
Jan 2003

"Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback for ADD"
Biofeedback Society of CA
November 9, 2002

"Mechanisms-based EEG Training"
Winter Brain Conference, Miami
February 9, 2002

"Neurofeedback for Autistic Spectrum Disorders"
Poster Presentation, IMFAR Conference, San Diego, CA
November 10, 2001

"Neurofeedback for Bipolar Disorder in Children"
Society for Neuronal Regulation, Monterey, CA
October 2001

"Neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury"
New York Academy for Traumatic Brain Injury
December 2000

"Reaching the Unreachable Child: An EEG Response to ADHD"
Conference of Juvenile Court and Drug Court Judges
April 2000

"Resilience: What You Should Know"
Conference of Juvenile Court and Drug Court Judges
April 2000

"Neuroregulation in the Bioelectrical Domain"
Part of a course on "Foundations of Clinical EEG Biofeedback/Neurotherapy," Thomas M. Brod, MD, Director. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
May 17, 2000

"Effect of Neurofeedback on Variables of Attention in a Large Multi-center Trial"
American Association for the Advancement of Science
February 2000

"Brain and Behavior: The Role of Neurotherapy"
with Stephanie Mallett, Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Symposium 2000
February 25, 2000

"Neurofeedback for Severe Emotional Disturbance, Irrational Violence, and Sociopathy"
Winter Brain Conference
February 2000

"Neurotherapy in the Treatment of Addictions"
Instituto Portugues de Neuroterapia
Lusofona University, Lisbon, Portugal
January 1999

"EEG Biofeedback for Tourette's Syndrome"
TSA National Conference
November 1996 (Outstanding Speaker award)

"EEG Biofeedback: Ansatz to the Grand Unified Theory"
SSNR Conference
September 1996

"The Utilization of Continuous Performance and other Neuropsychological Tests for Protocol Selection in ADHD and Related Disorders"
Siegfried Othmer, Susan F. Othmer, and David Kaiser
SSNR Conference, Marco Island, FL
September 1996

"EEG Biofeedback Training for ADHD: Results of TOVA Testing"
TOVA Conference, Minneapolis
October 1995

"EEG Biofeedback for Bipolar Disorder"
SSNR
May 1995

"Recovery from Battlefield Stress"
Tri-Service Battlefield Stress Conference, Camp Pendleton, CA
May 1995

"EEG Biofeedback: SMR and Beta Protocols"
Foundations Course, FutureHealth Key West Conference on EEG Biofeedback
February 1995

"EEG Biofeedback: The Larger Picture"
BSC
November 1994

"Model Curriculum for EEG biofeedback"
APA Division 42
August 1994

"EEG Biofeedback for Chronic Pain," and "EEG Biofeedback for PMS"
Texas Biofeedback Society Conference
October 1994

"Training the Brain: A new Frontier,"
Tri-Service Battlefield Stress Conference, Camp Pendleton, CA
May 1994

"EEG Biofeedback Training for Chronic Pain"
SSNR
May 1994

"EEG Biofeedback: The Larger Picture"
FutureHealth Key West Conference, Foundations Course
February 1994

"EEG Biofeedback for ADHD and Other Disorders"
California Psychological Association
November 1993

"EEG Biofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke"
AAPB
March 1993

"EEG Biofeedback for ADHD; results of TOVA testing"
AAPB
March 1993

"EEG Biofeedback: The Larger Picture"
FutureHealth Key West Conference on EEG Biofeedback
January 1993

"EEG Biofeedback for ADHD, Related Conduct Disorders, and Specific Learning Disabilities"
AAPB
March 1992

"EEG Biofeedback for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders"
CHADD of Sacramento, California
December, 1991

"EEG Biofeedback for ADHD and Specific Learning Disabilities"
California Association of School Psychologists
January 1991

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)
International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Biofeedback Society of California (BSC)
American Society of Pain Educators
Member of the Board, Latitudes
Fellow, Biofeedback Certification Institute of America

 

CERTIFICATION
Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (Certificate #1074)
BCIA Fellow

 

HONORS AND AWARDS
Winner, IRAD (Independent Research and Development) Corporate Award for Detector Array Development Project
1988

Co-Winner, best paper award, Hughes Missile Systems Group
1987

Winner, IRAD Corporate Award for detector radiation hardening project
1986

Co-winner, best paper award, Hughes Missile Systems Group
1985

Winner, IRAD award for hybrid focal plane array development
1985, 1984

Co-winner, best paper award, IEEE Radiation Effects Conference
1981

Co-winner, best paper award, IEEE Radiation Effects Conference
1980