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Concordia University Irvine To Host ‘Change Your Brain, Change Your Life’ Book Launch Event With Special Guest Dr. Jesse Payne

Limited Engagement Provides Insight On The Importance Of Developing Brain Health Before Age 25. “The root concept of the ‘Change Your Brain, Change Your Life’ series is that brain health is central to complete health, and Dr. Amen and Dr. Payne are dedicated to helping people develop stronger, healthier brains in order to improve overall physical, social and emotional wellness,” said Doug Grove, Assistant Provost of Adult, Graduate, and Online Learning at Concordia University Irvine. 

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IRVINE, Calif. (July 7, 2014) – Students, young adults, educators and parents are invited to a special engagement with the author of “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25),” hosted by Concordia University Irvine on Saturday, July 26. The event brings together Dr. Jesse Payne and Dr. Daniel Amen, both renowned for their research on brain function and health.



Dr. Amen's book, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” which was published in 1999 and spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, sparked a revolution about how people think about the brain and how brain health relates to behavior and overall well-being. Now, Dr. Payne– Dr. Amen’s son-in-law– is releasing the next book in the series, aimed at teens, young adults and adults who work with this critical population of developing brains. During the event, Dr. Payne with special guest Dr. Amen will discuss relevant and practical brain facts including the research on the brain’s malleability before age 25, how specific parts of the brain relate to attention, flexibility, emotions and anxiety, as well as the devastating impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain.



“The root concept of the ‘Change Your Brain, Change Your Life’ series is that brain health is central to complete health, and Dr. Amen and Dr. Payne are dedicated to helping people develop stronger, healthier brains in order to improve overall physical, social and emotional wellness,” said Doug Grove, Assistant Provost of Adult, Graduate, and Online Learning at Concordia University Irvine. “Because Concordia University is invested in fostering the health and success of future generations, we are pleased to bring this event to our students and the greater Orange County community.”

General admission is $25 and includes a copy of “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25)” and Dr. Amen’s “Which Brain Do You Want?” poster. Students may earn one continuing education unit (CEU) by attending the session and submitting a reflection paper within one week after the event. The CEU ticket cost is $55 to cover processing fees and transcript. Event details are as follow: 

Saturday, July 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
DeNault Auditorium, Concordia University Irvine (1530 Concordia, Irvine, CA, 92612)
Online registration:

Dr. Payne is Director of Education at the Amen Clinics and is a licensed teacher in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He holds a B.A. in business and an M.A. in education from Vanguard University of Southern California, and earned his doctorate degree in education with a specialization in K-12 leadership from the University of Southern California (USC). He has worked in elementary schools for more than eight years and has received several teaching awards. In 2009, he was awarded Researcher of the Year at Vanguard University of Southern California. 

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, television producer and nine-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Medical Director of six Amen Clinics and is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. 

Follow on social media with the hashtags #CUIspeakers, #brain25, #ChangeYourBrain and #ChangeYourLife and follow the social media handle @changebrain25. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location in the City of Irvine, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI enrolls over 4,000 students.

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