About BrainFutures

BrainFutures is increasing the range of therapeutic and well-being options available to the public by bridging the gap between research, innovation, and practice and by providing rigorous analysis about advances in brain health that are transforming productivity, learning and recovery outcomes.

Accelerating the adoption of effective, evidence-based, neuroscientific applications aimed at maximizing human potential

BrainFutures is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving human outcomes by assessing and advancing the practical applications of new scientific understanding of the brain. As a citizen advocacy organization, we enlist specialists to offer rigorous assessment of—and education about—brain-based interventions that target specific segments of society. By providing objective evidence-based information about what works and clearing policy and practice pathways, we aim to maximize human potential and ameliorate pressing social challenges. 

BrainFutures was launched in 2015 by the nation’s second oldest mental health advocacy organization, the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD). For more than 100 years, MHAMD has addressed the mental health needs of Marylanders of all ages through programs that educate the public, advance public policy, and monitor the quality of mental healthcare services. Building on this success, and bolstered by a cross-disciplinary advisory board of leading experts, BrainFutures brings together diverse stakeholders, policymakers, funders, and influencers to accelerate and scaffold national adoption of effective practices targeting four main areas:

Breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain have the potential to improve learning outcomes for children, optimize functioning at work, enhance treatment for a mental health or substance use problem, and maintain sharp thinking as we age. 

BrainFutures writes evidence-based issue briefs and releases recommendations that fill knowledge gaps related to brain-focused applications targeting the above segments of society. These  educational resources highlight  the latest advances in brain plasticity and how their application is transforming quality of life for people of all ages. Through this process, we not only gain insight from experts and innovators, we also foster support for change, building coalitions and cross-disciplinary collaborations to advance both adoption and access to new breakthrough applications. Ultimately, by informing the public, cultivating influential relationships, and connecting communities of diverse advocates we help propel the change that is needed to make meaningful progress.


              

 

Address

1301 York Road, Suite 505 Lutherville, MD 21093


Contact Us

info@brainfutures.org
443.901.1570


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Advisors

The BrainFutures Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed individuals and thought leaders from the nation's leading organizations, businesses, non-profits and educational institutions.

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Morris Bell, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

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Martha Burns, PhD

Director of Neuroscience Education, Scientific Learning

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John Cammack, MBA

Managing Partner, Kingcedar Holdings

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Founder & Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth, The University of Texas at Dallas

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Nathaniel Counts, JD

Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Innovation, Mental Health America

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Mo Edjlali

Co-Founder, Mindful Leader, Inc.

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Shanti Fry, MBA

Board Member, National Center for Learning Disabilities

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Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Professor, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University

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Tanner Hackett, MBA

Founder, Openminded.org

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Henry Harbin, MD

Psychiatrist and Health Care Consultant

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Charlie Hartwell, MBA

Managing Partner, Bridge Builders Collaborative

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Amy Kennedy, MS

Education Director, The Kennedy Forum

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Susan Magsamen, MAS

Executive Director, International Arts + Mind Lab, Johns Hopkins University

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Corey M McCann MD, PhD

President & CEO, Pear Therapeutics

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Mimi McFaul, PsyD

Mental Health Consultant, Clover Educational Consulting Group, Inc.

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Michael Merzenich, PhD

Chief Science Officer, Posit Science

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Journalist and Author

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Diana Saville

Co-Founder and CCO, BrainMind; Co-Founder and President, EYOL

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Ali Smith

Executive Director, Holistic Life Foundation

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John Sullivan, PhD

Founder, The Brain Always Wins LLC

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Tara Thiagarajan, PhD

Founder and Chief Scientist, Sapien Labs

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Mark Trullinger, PhD, BCN, QEEG-D, Registered Psychology Associate

Managing Director, NeuroThrive

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Bruce Wexler, MD

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Senior Research Scientist, Yale University School of Medicine

Staff Leadership

Linda J. Raines

Chief Executive Officer

lraines@brainfutures.org

Holly McCormack

Chief Strategy Officer

hmccormack@brainfutures.org

Susan Hughes

Communications Director

shughes@mhamd.org

Brad Riew

Projects Manager

briew@brainfutures.org

Board of Directors

George Kimes

President

Tim Santoni, MA

Treasurer/Secretary

Henry Harbin, MD

Director

Randall M. Lutz, Esq.

Director

Susan Magsamen, MAS

Director

Jeff Richardson, MBA

Director

Beatrice Rodgers, MSW

Director