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Who is The Brain Trust?

Our team features recognized leaders in their fields who bring the world-class multi-disciplinary experience required to develop and deliver SmartResponse.


Robert C. Cantu, M.D.

Senior Advisor

Internationally-acclaimed neurosurgeon and Medical Director of the Cantu Concussion Center of Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA,  – Dr. Cantu is among the most highly-respected medical doctors working in the concussion field and a pioneer in concussion treatment. Dr. Cantu’s book Concussions and our Kids is an Amazon best-seller..


James C. Perkins


James Perkins founded The Brain Trust with medical doctors Morris Levin and Corey Burchman at Dartmouth. Perkins has decades of software engineering and marketing experience with companies including IBM, DEC, Salomon Brothers and technology startups including Professional System Corp and Sonify!™

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Henry D. "Hank" James, C.P.C.U

Risk Management Advisor

Associate Vice Chancellor for Risk & Safety at UNC Charlotte, with more than 40 years of risk management and insurance experience in higher education and health care at institutions such as Dartmouth College,(Director of Risk Management), Loma Linda University Adventist Health Science Center (Assistant VP), Southern Methodist University (Director of Risk Management) and Adventist Health System (VP Risk Management)


Gerard A. Gioia, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor

Internationally-acclaimed neuropsychologist and Division Chief, Neuropsychology at the Children‘s National Health System in Rockville, MD,  Dr. Gioia was a key player in Washington State’s “Lystadt Law” – the first US concussion training law, now in all 50 states.  Dr. Gioia is the nation’s leading pediatric neuropsychologist working in concussion.

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Joan Carney, Ed.D.

Rehabilitative Education Advisor

As Manager Dr. Carney serves thousands of brain injury patients in her role managing rehabilitative services for the Kennedy Krieger Institute

at Johns Hopkins.  Joan has worked closely with the SmartResponse development team through the Alpha test and will continue to be a key player through the Beta and MVP phases.


James M. Murtha, Ph.D.

Education Advisor

Jim brings comprehensive education industry experience in secondary and higher education; Senior Vice President at New England College; Chief Operating Officer of The New School with over 10,000 students. In collaboration with Dr. Mo Levin, Jim designed the SmartResponse Content Matrix concept and pedagogical model.

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Our Social Mission:

Enhance student wellness through more effective teacher training.

Our Economic Mission:

Create value for institutions by reducing risk and cost.

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