JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke, Ph.D., LMSW

As a therapist, my goal is to help clients achieve sustained and lasting improvement. I have studied human behavior my entire life and found different techniques very useful. However, neurofeedback (NFB) was such a life-changer for me that I learned to do it myself.

After suffering from migraine headaches for more than 20 years, NFB eliminated them from my life. Other therapies helped – but nothing impacted my life like NFB.

That’s why I believe the most powerful transformation comes from examining brain, behavior, and personality patterns in order to holistically address issues that stand in the way of a fuller life. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals.

JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke


Background and Experience

  • Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University (WMU)
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with an MSW degree with honors from the University of Michigan 
  • Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from WMU. 
  • Completed neurofeedback training at the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, NC. 
  • 25 years as a researcher, including 16 years at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and 2 years as Director of Research at WMU’s College of Health and Human Services. 

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