Amanda S. Armstrong, PhD
Education and Early Career
After Amanda got her Bachelor’s degree at the UH, she went to Columbia University School of Social Work. Upon returning to the Islands, she worked as a Social Worker on the Diamond Head Children’s Team, until she decided to return to school for additional education as a Clinical Psychologist. She entered the UH Clinical Psychology Program in the fall of 1979. At the UH she discovered neuropsychology, which uses psychological testing to find out what parts of a brain are working and what parts are not. While it was often comforting for people to find out “why” they or their child couldn’t attend, remember things, plan ahead well or read or do other cognitive activities, because the results showed the person wasn’t “lazy” or “unmotivated” or “bad”, testing still didn’t help solve the problems.
After graduating with her PhD from the UH, she worked on the Neuropsychology Service at Hawaii State Hospital, then on the Stroke Floor at REHAB (Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific), and eventually moved to Tripler Army Medical Center where she worked as the Exceptional Family Member Program psychologist. Eventually she decided to go into private practice. For a few months as her practice was building, she worked at Hawaii Biodyne doing case management and clinical services.
Private Practice Specializing in EEG Biofeedback
Once she started her own practice, she was free to explore EEG biofeedback as means addressing problems in brain functioning. Starting in 1994, she soon discovered EEG biofeedback proved to elegantly resolve many problems elusive to other forms of mental health and educational training—not only problems for people with Attention Disorders and Learning Disabilities. While it is not a substitute for other forms of therapy, EEG biofeedback can and does serve as a foundation upon which psychotherapy, education, sports training and all types of human performance can build more soundly—after all, if a person’s brain isn’t functioning effectively, the person can’t either!