Research Team


Amy Lawson Moore, PhD
Research Director
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Dr. Moore is a cognitive and educational psychologist (and child development specialist) with more than 20 years of diverse experience in research, teaching, educational leadership, program evaluation, and curriculum development for private, non-profit, and government organizations. She specializes in cognitive assessment and quantitative data analysis and is the founding director for Gibson Institute.



Teri Miller, MS Psy
Research Associate
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Ms. Miller is the institute’s study coordinator as well as a child development researcher and doctoral student in cognitive psychology.  She specializes in qualitative data analysis, data management, and participant progress monitoring.


Research Collaborators

Christina Ledbetter, PhD Louisiana State University
Dick M. Carpenter, II, PhD  University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Randolph James, MD  True Life Medicine
Mark Taylor, PhD Central Texas Cognitive Training
Oliver Hill, Jr, PhD  Virginia State University
Edward Jedlicka, PhD Lakeland University


Scientific Advisory Board


Howard Wainer, PhD

Dr. Wainer is an award-winning American statistician and research scientist. His specialization is the use of graphical methods for data analysis and communication, robust statistical methodology, and the development and application of generalizations of item response theory. After serving on the faculty of the University of Chicago, a period at the Bureau of Social Science Research during the Carter Administration, and 21 years as Principal Research Scientist in the Research Statistics Group at Educational Testing Service, he is now Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has authored more than 20 books, the latest of which is Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think Like a Data Scientist. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Richard Abbey, PhD

Dr. Abbey is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. He provides neuropsychological evaluations for infants, children, and adults. He is the director of neuropsychological services and is involved in every case in his clinic. His research focuses on learning disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the neurocognitive effects of cancer treatments. Dr. Abbey also specializes in neuropsychological functioning related to medical complications including brain trauma, injury, stroke, epilepsy, cancer, and seizures. His practice, Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic, is in Palo Alto, CA.

Christina Ledbetter, PhD

Dr. Ledbetter is a neuroscientist and clinical researcher. She specializes in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and assessment of traumatic brain injury and brain pathology. She is a collaborator and consultant to cognitive training researchers in academia and industry, and has published research on LearningRx training outcomes. She is a research fellow at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA.

Bonnie Nicks, MS

Bonnie Nicks is a speech and language pathologist. She has centered her 30-year career on helping struggling learners and those who learn differently. She has dedicated her research and practice to these students using research-based tutoring methods. Her practice, The Learning Center, is in Bowling Green, KY.


Non-Profit Board of Directors


PresidentTanya Mitchell
Ms. Mitchell is the former Chief Research and Development Officer at LearningRx World Headquarters in Colorado Springs. She was with the company founded by her father, Dr. Ken Gibson, for more than twenty years. As a master brain trainer, she helped develop the proprietary brain training programs used by more than 400 clinicians and 63 centers in the United States and in 45 countries around the world, and co-authored the book Unlock the Einstein Inside. She has a degree in finance and now manages the franchise development efforts for LearningRx.



Vice PresidentChristina Ledbetter, PhD
Dr. Ledbetter is a clinical neuroscientist and researcher with a PhD in pharmacology, toxicology, and neuroscience. She specializes in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and surgical brain mapping. She is a research fellow at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA where she heads neuroimaging research on neurological and psychological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. She has published multiple studies on LearningRx cognitive training outcomes in medical journals and has presented her findings at conferences around the country.



SecretaryJennifer Johns, MS
Ms. Johns is a Teaching & Learning Coach (TLC) in Colorado Springs School District 11 and supports teachers in utilizing best instructional practices and analyzing student data, facilitates professional development, manages state and local assessments, and oversees the school-wide Response to Intervention (RtI) program. She has worked in the field of Education for over 10 years as an Early Childhood Program Director, Classroom Teacher, and Adjunct Professor for the Colorado Community College System. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in Education specializing in Early Childhood.


TreasurerDean Tenpas, MS
Mr. Tenpas is the Chief Operations Officer at LearningRx World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, the cognitive training corporation founded by his father-in-law, Dr. Ken Gibson. Mr. Tenpas is responsible for finance, human resources, technology, and operations departments. With a master’s degree in counseling, Mr. Tenpas also co-created many of the cognitive training programs and assessments used by clinicians and centers in the United States and around the world.


Chair, Assessment Committee – Eliza Love, MS
Ms. Love is a Colorado Department of Education Level VI Early Childhood Education Specialist, and a licensed K-12 Elementary teacher, with an endorsement in Gifted Education and holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She penned an early childhood education book called, Will a Horse Eat a Hamburger? and runs a web-based company called, Critical Thinking Kids, LLC. Ms. Love is presently a Director of an early learning center and an Early Childhood Education Doctoral candidate.



Chair, Medical Ethics CommitteeJeffrey Moore
Mr. Moore is a retired Air Force Colonel with expertise in leadership, quality assurance, systems and regulatory compliance, investigations, human resources management, and safety. He has served as the intervention coordinator for cognitive training research on traumatic brain injury and early Alzheimer’s disease. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Moore is currently pursuing a second career in nursing.