2019 Convention Speakers

Read on to find out who will be speaking at the 2019 Convention.  We will update as new speakers confirm. Want to register to attend? Check out the event page for all the handy info and links.

Confirmed Speakers

Alison Butler is Director of Legal Services at Disability Law Colorado, and oversees all of the legal work regarding people with disabilities , including individual representation in workplace, housing and public accommodation discrimination issues, and assistance to students and parents with disability-related legal issues in schools, among others.  Alison is active in providing training state-wide to other lawyers, organizations and members of the community on a multitude of disability topics, including: special education law, housing discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, service and companion animal issues, the use of restraint in public schools and general disability awareness. She also advocates for the rights of people with disabilities through legislative and committee work. Alison joined Disability Law Colorado in 2007.

Beth Campbell is a CBD Educator and Success Coach who lives in Bailey, Colorado. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Mental Health & Wellness, emphasizing Prevention Science. Through her own CBD journey and those of her clients, Beth has a passion and commitment to educating people about the topic of CBD. She will be discussing the Endocannabinoid system, the potential benefits of CBD, and sharing the most important factors in selecting and taking CBD.

Jaelline Jaffe PhD, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Misophonia Association Board member who has been instrumental in each of the previous five conventions. She has over 40 years of experience in offering dialectical and cognitive therapy to families and individuals, and began to offer help to those who suffer from misophonia in her California based clinic and online during the past ten years. She will present on several topics including Coping and Management Strategies that Work. Dr. Jaffe presented has at every patient convention since 2013 and is a valued member of our Board of Directors and community.

James W. Martin, Jr., AuD, is the Director of Audiological Communication at Widex USA. He was born and raised in Waynesville, North Carolina and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from The Ohio State University and his Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) at Arizona School of Health Sciences. James is a Keynote speaker and educator and is passionate about encouraging clinicians as well as patients to become the best version of themselves. James conducts training sessions at both national and international events. He has worked in clinical and manufacturing sides of audiology for over 30 years. James is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and was the winner of the American Speech and Hearing Associations Editor’s Award for published research in auditory neurophysiology.

Marsha Johnson, AuD, has been devoted to the care of patients with tinnitus, hyperacusis and misophonia for 21 years at her Oregon Audiology Clinic. Her clinical background includes the terminal degree of her field, the Doctorate of Audiology (AuD). She has served on many different nonprofit boards including the American Tinnitus Association, the Tinnitus Practitioners Association, the Misophonia Association, and others. She is the Convention host and will be presenting on the topic of Identifying Islands of Happiness as a Strategy for Families with Misophonia.

Erfanian photoMercede Erfanian is a research associate and neuroscientist with a background in clinical psychology and neuroscience, with a particular focus on affective disorders. Her research is currently focused fully on misophonia, its brain mechanism, cognitive and emotional characteristics and co-morbidity with other affective disorders. She has published many scientific papers and is the winner of several international prizes (e.g. Herman Westenberg Prize) and grants (e.g. IBRO-FENS grant). Her convention presentation is titled: Emotional empathy in adults with Misophonia: Evidence from IRI (Interpersonal Reactivity Index). Ms. Erfanian has presented her research to our convention for several years.

Michael Mannino joined the Center for Computational Science at University of Miami in April 2019 as Director of Programs. He has his PhD in complex systems and brain sciences, and his research was in computational neuroscience, specifically computational modeling of large-scale brain networks using nonlinear dynamical systems and neural time series analysis. Michael also has his Masters in philosophy, focusing on the philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind, and has been a professor of philosophy at Miami Dade College, teaching several courses. He is passionate about the topics of science communication, complexity science, and all things brain. He is also an athlete and his website, Embodied Fit, explores the intersection of the fitness, movement, and the brain.  He also suffers from misophonia since 13 years old.

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Patty Kalmbach received her Doctorate Degree in Audiology from Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology in 2007. She received her Master of Science Degree in Audiology from Colorado State University in 1987. She completed her training at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, CA and at Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Upon returning to Denver, she began an 18-year career working as a clinical Audiologist in the Neurodiagnostic Lab at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado. While working in a hospital environment she was involved in Newborn hearing screenings, diagnostic testing and evaluation of those suffering from hearing loss, as well as performing a wide variety of Vestibular tests used in the diagnosis and treatment of balance problems. With a passion to work with tinnitus patients, Dr. Kalmbach went into private practice and has been the President of Colorado Tinnitus and Hearing Center for over 13 years. Dr. Kalmbach has over 30 years’ experience in the field of Audiology and is passionate in helping those who suffer from tinnitus, hearing loss and Misophonia.

Tom Dozier is an author and behavior  analyst and the director of the Misophonia Treatment Institute, established in 2013. He has been a regular presenter at previous conventions, and will provide attendees with an overview of the learned reflexive behavior theory.  Mr. Dozier has been part of the Conventions since 2014 and has been very active in research, publishing, theory, and potential treatments for misophonia.

Vivien Black is a student from Los Angeles, California. In pursuit of her Girl Scout Gold Award, Vivien produced, directed, and edited the short documentary, “Breaking the Sound Barrier: Teens With Misophonia.” Inspired by her own journey with the condition, Vivien wanted to share the stories and highlight the voices of other teens with misophonia. Her hope is that this film will help those dealing with misophonia feel like they aren’t alone and provide tools to create a positive outlook on life with the condition. After graduating high school in 2020, Vivien plans to study psychology with the goal of further contributing to the misophonia cause in the future.