Dr. Kim Gorgens explains Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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Join CPP Founder Fritzi Horstman and guests as they discuss the objectives and approaches involved in bringing trauma awareness and compassionate healing to the forefront of public conversation.

This short, 15-minute conversation between our founder, Fritzi Horstman and Dr. Kim Gorgens informs about the unique effects of Traumatic Brain Injury as it applies to the 50 to 80% of those residing in prisons in the U.S., how it effects our behavior and we also learn what Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor is!

Dr. Kim Gorgens is a Professor of Psychophysiology, Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychology of Criminal Behavior at the University of Denver. She manages a large portfolio of traumatic brain injury (TBI) related research and has lectured extensively on those issues (including a 2010 TED talk on youth sports concussion, a 2018 TED talk on brain injuries in criminal justice, several NPR spots and an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper). Her work has been featured in USNews, Newsweek, Salon.com and more. Her research studies the reported injury history, cognitive function and brain biomarkers of youth and college athletes, probationers and inmates. Her mission is to better understand the short and long-term impacts of injuring our most vital organ.

To learn more about TBI or to download our Traumatic Brain Injury Packet which includes Dr. Kim Gorgens’ resources, click here.

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Fritzi Horstman

Founder and Executive Director


Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

Dr. Kim Gorgens explains Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Dr. Kim Gorgens further explains what Traumatic Brain Injury is, how it effects our behavior and explains what Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor is!