PS 030: Brain Trauma, Concussions, & Sports Psychiatry With Lawrence Tucker (M.D.)

My guest on this episode of Psych Sessions is Lawrence Tucker (M.D.). Dr. Tucker is a Newport Beach Psychiatrist.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He has been involved in research involving traumatic brain injuries and Sports Psychiatry, and he is a distinguished member of the International Society of Sports Psychiatry.  Dr. Tucker attended UCLA School of Medicine, for his Medical Degree, and stayed at UCLA for his internship and residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Tucker’s training and research in traumatic brain injuries and Sports Psychiatry led him to develop an interest into Single Photon Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging.  He trained under Dr. Amen and was the Medical Director of Mind Matters of Texas, which was an Amen-affiliated SPECT imaging center, before establishing his own private clinic in Plano, Texas.  He has contributed and co-authored a book titled, “Failure to launch”.  He’s the recipient of a long list of awards, including the 2013 Top Doctor in Texas Award, by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals.

During the session, we discuss the increased focus on Traumatic Brain Injury associated with veterans, brain trauma from home accidents and traffic wrecks, and the NFL’s growing concussion problem. This session is packed with practical information that will help you understand how a concussion affects the brain and body. You’ll also learn about some of the physical and cognitive challenges that may occur due to a brain injury.