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Mapping New Territory

Alumnus uses innovative techniques in neuropathology

Brain illustration

Photograph by Adam Voorhes

Synapses began firing when Ronald Swatzyna ('97 MSSW; '04 PhD, Social Work) walked back into the social work building on UTA's campus. He was reminded of a paper he wrote on biofeedback 22 years earlier when he was earning his master's degree. With that visit, the U.S. Air Force veteran and firefighter was inspired to earn his doctorate.

Dr. Swatzyna is now director of electro-neuro analysis research at the Tarnow Center in Houston. He's using innovative techniques to identify and treat root causes of neurological conditions. These techniques include use of the standard electroencephalogram (EEG), which records electrical activity or brain waves, and quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG), which allows Swatzyna to create brain maps using advanced mathematical and statistical analysis.

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