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Alleviating Stress and Anxiety for Persons with Autism & Caretakers


Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Dr. Hagemen in a discussion about non-invasive wearable devices that alleviate stress and anxiety for both the person on the autism spectrum and caretakers. The podcast will cover the effects of stress and how the devices use BLAST (Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile) for reducing anxiety. Originally designed by Dr. Amy Sherin to help those with PTSD, she referred to the device as a somatosensory method put into a wearable device.

Dr. Nathan Hageman- TouchPoint Research Director: Nathan has a life-long interest in science and medicine. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Chemistry and Biology from Johns Hopkins University, and an MD and a PhD in Neuroscience and Neuro-Engineering from UCLA with a focus in brain mapping and medical image processing. Nathan has an extensive knowledge of high- level mathematics and statistics, data analysis, image processing, and medicine, especially neuroscience/neuroanatomy.

Because much of his doctoral work involved mathematical modeling and software algorithm development, Nathan has familiarity with programming and software development (mainly in C/C++) on both Windows and Mac OS platforms, as well as experience with scripting and pipeline computing. He has experience with large scale software projects and delivering on a deadline. Nathan also loves to teach and has years of experience educating at the university level (undergraduate and graduate/professional students), from one-on-one tutoring to lecturing to large classes. Both as a doctoral student and as a post-doctoral fellow, Nathan has a wealth of experience in grant writing and editing (both public [National Institutes of Health (NIH)] grants and private sector grants) and writing, editing and reviewing medical/scientific research papers submitted for publication in academic journals. Nathan has published numerous papers and abstracts and written and been awarded several major NIH research grants.

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