The Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Curious about the science behind human behavior and cognition? 

We're now enrolling in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Certificate Programs!

Here, at ACBN, our goal is making neuroscience approachable. Through professional certificate programs, neuroscience consulting and speaking services, we work with coaches, therapists, wellness professionals, teachers, counselors and other helping professionals who are ready to stand apart and show up as true leaders in their field. By learning easy-to-swallow knowledge of how the brain works in real-life situations, you too can be armed with an education in a subject you can use literally every single day and stand out in the crowd by harnessing the power of the neuroscience behind your coaching.

With a Certification in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, you will gain the confidence to speak with authority about HOW & WHY what you teach your clients actually works.


Marc Hayford

GET UP Podcaster

Motivational Speaker

3x Best-Selling Self-Help Author

Tasia Valenza

TEDx Speaker

Founder of Give Great Voice

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Career Counselor

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Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW

Principal Partner

Hindsight Consulting Group, LLC

"Dr. Hayley Nelson has a gift for taking complex neurobiological processes and making them accessible to people of different scientific starting points. My students, both post-graduate and graduate, have immensely benefited from her skill and expertise. Her humor and humanity are just added pluses!

For any clinician who wants to have a firmer understanding of the biology of the brain, how medications are actually used by the body, or how mental illness and addiction affects our brains' functioning, connecting with Dr. Hayley is a must! Your practice, your clients' outcomes, and your own knowledge base will be deeply enhanced by her instruction. 5 stars!"

Shirelle K. Flowers, MSW, LCSW-C

Certified Grief Counseling Specialist;

Maryland Board Approved Supervisor

"I have had the opportunity and privilege to attend several of Dr. Hayley's workshops and presentations. She is masterful in making complex scientific content about the brain relatable to everyone regardless of their educational background and experience.

As a mental health provider, I believe that helping clients build on their strengths while incorporating new coping strategies is the key to successful therapeutic outcomes and in achieving their personal goals. I have been able to utilize the knowledge I gained through Dr. Hayley's courses and seminars and apply it to my daily interactions with clients. I look forward to future collaborations with Dr. Hayley to further enhance my mental health practice."

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Meet Dr. Hayley Nelson

Dr. Hayley Nelson earned her PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, is a tenured professor of Psychology in the Philadelphia area, and is an international speaker. She has several peer-reviewed research publications and previous research and faculty appointments with The National Institutes of Health, The Johns Hopkins University, and The University of Pennsylvania.

By creating the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Dr. Hayley Nelson combined her knowledge of the human mind and brain health with her passion for education, teaching, and consulting to truly make neuroscience approachable. Her students learn easy-to-swallow knowledge of how the brain works in real-life situations and are armed with an education in a subject they can use literally every single day. Not only that, they gain the power to serve their clients better and create an environment for their communities to thrive.

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