The Misophonia Institute (MI) was organized in December 2015 with Tom Dozier as the director. The mission of MI is two fold. In September 2016, we became a nonprofit company with Tom Dozier as president, Michelle Lopez as treasurer, and Chris Pearson as secretary. We are now a 501C3 nonprofit company registered with the US IRS. So donations to the Misophonia Institute are tax deductable.
First, we want to provide reliable information about misophonia to individuals and families who are struggling with misophonia. This includes an understanding of misophonia (what it is, how it develops, and how it changes with time) and techniques to manage the condition for both the individual with misophonia and families/others who are impacted. This mission is primarily accomplished through the MisophoniaInstitute.org website. We hope you find this free resource to be very beneficial and we would appreciate any feedback you have to offer.
The second mission of the Misophonia Institute is to promote research and collaboration of treatment professionals to enhance both our understanding and treatment of misophonia. The Misophonia Institute accepts the validity of all forms of treatment of misophonia that can be shown to be beneficial. We are inclusive of all views of misophonia treatment as long as it follows the principle, “First, do not harm.”
The Misophonia Institute is a virtual institution, with collaborators and associates around the world. At the beginning of 2016, we are engaged in four formal research studies. We have also held 5 webinars for clinicians.
The Misophonia Institute is a 501C3 nonprofit. It is currently supported by donations (for research and awareness) and by Tom Dozier.
About our Directors
Tom Dozier is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Behavior Analysis is the basic science of human behavior. A part of this science involves human reflexes and how we acquire them. Misophonia appears to be an acquired reflex to the trigger sounds. Tom developed the Neural Repatterning Technique based on the concept of counterconditioning of reflexes. Using the Trigger Tamer app, it can slowly reduce the misophonic reflex. This process actually changes the neurology associated with the misophonic reaction. Tom is also the author of three peer-reviewed journal articles on misophonia and the book, Understanding and Overcoming Misophonia, A Conditioned Aversive Reflex Disorder.
Tom has an MS in Behavior Analysis and the Family from California State University, Stanislaus. His primary career focus is on parenting and parenting skills (see 3LParenting.com, guaranteedpt.com, or LDSParentCoach.org). Tom became interested in misophonia in 2012 because he worked with parents of children with misophonia. He recognized that the misophonic reaction to trigger sounds was an involuntary reflex behavior. As such, misophonia triggers should respond similar to other acquired reflexes. Tom saw an opportunity to help individuals suffering with a condition that had no known cure.
Based on the research in acquired reflexes and relevant published journal articles, Tom developed a new misophonia treatment method known as the Neural Repatterning Technique and has applied this method successfully to individuals. When the treatment conditions are right, individuals experience a great decrease in the reactions to trigger sounds or even have no reaction (cured) for that trigger.
Tom’s first career was as a manufacturing engineer. He began his career in parent training in 2003 because of the help he received from Dr. Glenn I. Latham on parenting concerns. Tom received a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis in 2004. He became a board certified assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) in 2008. He received his MS in Behavior Analysis from CSU Stanislaus in 2012 and became a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) that same year. Tom and his wife have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Dr. Michelle Lopez is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Director at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management (CSAM). She has extensive training in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which she utilizes to help individuals overcome anxiety and depression. She has several years of experience treating social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, stress, depression, and misophonia. Dr. Lopez also helps clients work on issues related to developing a sense of purpose, establishing close relationships, increasing self-compassion, and improving overall quality of life. Dr. Lopez is particularly interested in helping clients work through problems that interfere with living a meaningful, enriching life. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Undergraduate Psychology at Alliant International University, where she teaches college courses and mentors students. In her spare time, Dr. Lopez enjoys reading, exercising, working on research projects, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Chris Pearson is an Accredited Member of National Council for Hypnotherapists (NCH) and a Member of NCP, the UK National Council of Psychotherapists. He is located in Upton, Yorkshire in northern England, and he has developed a Misophonia specialism during the last five years. Chris developed Sequent Repatterning as a therapeutic framework specifically designed to treat Misophonia. Chris has now worked with almost 150 individuals having Misophonia and in 2015 spoke at the Misophonia Conference in Chicago. He has shown Sequent Repatterning to be effective as a therapy provided via online video-chat.