James O. Clifford, Jr., Ph.D.

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Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Santa Cruz (1995)
M.A., Experimental Psychology, San Francisco State University (1986)
B.A., Psychology and Physical Anthropology, San Francisco State University (1984)


James Clifford, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at College of San Mateo and at DeAnza College since 1997 and 1992 respectively.

Dr. Clifford worked as staff neurophysiologist at NASA's Vestibular Research Facility from 1987 until 1997, and was director of science from 1994 to 1997. While working at NASA, Dr. Clifford also worked at the University of California San Francisco's (UCSF) Brain Function Lab (BFL) along with Dr. M. Rappaport. During his tenure at the BFL, Dr. Clifford worked primarily with traumatically brain injured patients and coma patients. With this experience, Clifford designed several methods of assessment for the TBI/Coma populations and developed the origins of the TriVector stimulator and recording apparatus.

Dr. Clifford also operated a lab at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA (a major national aging research center affiliated with Stanford University), where he applied the TriVector technology to problems associated with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Clifford also applied TriVector to the fields of toxicology, anesthesiology, and paralysis at San Jose State University.

Dr. Clifford has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Physical Anthropology from San Francisco State University (1984). He later earned his MA in Experimental Psychology at San Francisco State University (1986). While at the UCSF Brain Function Labs and NASA, Dr. Clifford received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Santa Cruz with emphasis in neuroscience in 1995.

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