The Faculty
The Applied Neuroscience Institute

Dr. William K. Larkin
Director

Dr. William Kent Larkin is the Director of the Applied Neuroscience Institute.

His work is the practical and easily understood application of the integration of neuroscience research and positive psychology for therapists, doctors, coaches, business, and the general public.  His work focuses on the neuroplasticity of the brain in growing the NeuroPositive™ mind.  He is the creator of The Emotional Gym.™

Dr. Larkin is an expert in the creation of positive mood states leading to the elevation of focus, mood, and State of Mind Management (SOMM) for greater creativity, productivity, thriving, life-satisfaction, well-being, for both individuals and organizations.

Dr. Larkin was educated at Yale University, and holds a doctorate from Harvard University.  He was for 10 years the voice of psychology for the Armed Forces Network broadcasting to 72 countries.  His program, Breakthrough with Dr. Larkin won 52 national and international awards. 

He is the author of five books, including Growing The Positive MindHis new book,  A New 12 Steps For A New Millenium: The UpSpiraLife Group, was recently released and was selected for both Amazon Kindle national and international release.  


Dr. Donald B. Johnson
Associate Director

Dr. Johnson is a researcher, coach, and professional educator with over 30 years experience working with a wide variety of clients in developing the NeuroPositive mind. As a leader in professional staff development, he has developed and presented leading edge programs for schools, universities, individuals and businesses, relating the findings of neuroscience, positive psychology, and effective coaching practices for diverse audiences.

In his role as professional educator, seasoned coach, mentor, and researcher, he facilitates both the Certificate and Licensure level credential programs. Educated at Fairfield University, Yale University, Harvard University, and Seton Hall University, he completed additional studies with Dr. Alex Linley and Dr. Christopher Peterson in the latest research and applications of positive psychology. 

Fluent in both French and Spanish, Dr. Johnson has worked with the Office of Civil Rights at The US Department of Education in the creation of programs designed to insure equal access for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. He also created and implemented one of the nation's first models of strengths-based performance assessment for educators and business leaders.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, Dr. Johnson is listed in “Who’s Who in the East.”

Dr. Johnson completed studies in Computational Neuroscience at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Neurobiology at the University of Chicago.

He is co-author of Plans To The Universe & The Answers Back.


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