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Dr. Alina Fong PhD

Alina K. Fong received her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology with an emphasis in neuroimaging from Brigham Young University.

During her academic career under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Bigler and Dr. Mark Allen, Dr. Alina Fong received the national American Psychological Association Clinical Neuropsychology Division 40 Graduate Student Research Award in 2004 for her research on “Cortical Sources of the N400 and ‘The N400 Effect.” Dr. Fong’s interest in brain mapping soon turned to functional MRI, and since then, her research efforts have been focused on the clinical applications of fMRI.

In tandem with Dr. Allen, she has published numerous articles combining neuropsychology and neuroimaging, along with deriving normative data for various populations, including concussion, eating disorders, and moderate to severe brain injury. She was able to complete an internship at the Veteran’s Affairs Salt Lake City Healthcare System and worked extensively with OIF and OEF veterans with both traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

She proudly serves on the Board and is the Conference Committee Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, is a member of Public Policy Committee of the United States Brain Injury Alliance, and serves on the Professional Advisory Board of PINK Concussions.

In addition to her continuing research activities, Dr. Fong is currently the Director of Cognitive FX, the premiere concussion treatment center that utilizes functional NeuroCognitive Imaging technology.  She is also currently a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Intermountain HealthCare in Utah for 13 years, and has helped build the Sports Medicine and Concussion Clinic practices in Utah Valley. 

Articles By Dr. Alina Fong

Post-Concussion Syndrome Tests: How to Know If You Have Post Concussion Syndrome

If you’re searching for answers and think you might have post-concussion syndrome (PCS), the path to diagnosis can be challenging. Few medical professionals are experts on the condition, and many lack the most sophisticated diagnostic tools. Many doctors will make a diagnosis based on concussion symptom history and a quick physical examination. Others will supplement their findings with imaging or computerized testing.

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A Complete Guide to Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome occurs when concussion symptoms persist for weeks, months, or years after sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). If you or a loved one received a post-concussion syndrome (PCS) diagnosis, you're probably wondering if it's treatable. (Short answer: yes!) You may also want to know how long recovery takes, what you can do to alleviate symptoms, and whether what you're experiencing is "normal." We treat post-concussion patients every day and regularly answer these questions for our patients. This guide will help you understand post-concussion syndrome in depth by answering a number of questions, including:

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Neuroplasticity Treatment: How It Can Help You Recover From a Brain Injury

Neuroplasticity, from a clinician’s view, is the ability of the brain to change and heal itself. From a scientific perspective, neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to affect the synaptic transmission of information in response to external stimuli.

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