William Stixrud, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist

William Stixrud, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist, who is director of William Stixrud and Associates in Silver Spring, Maryland, a group practice specializing in the neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults with learning and/or emotional disorders; clinical supervisory faculty member at the Children’s National Medical Center; and appointee in the Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine.

“Stress is a major problem. Not only does stress interfere with functions such as attention, memory, organization, and integration, but prolonged stress actually kills brain cells and shrinks the brain’s main memory structures. I have been a big fan of using Transcendental Meditation in schools for many years, due in part to the program’s unparalleled ability to create the experience of ‘restful alertness.’ This unique state produces very high levels of coherence or orderliness in the functioning of the brain, which results in the experience of increased peacefulness, harmony, mental clarity, and the ability to see things in perspective.”