Estate M. (Tato) Sokhadze
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville Health System
Contact: 864-454-1080 or ESokhadze@ghs.org
Who is Dr. Sokhadze?
Dr. Sokhadze, a graduate from Tbilisi State University (M.S., Biology/Physiology), continued his post-graduate studies in Biophysics at Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, and received his Ph.D. in Human Physiology in 1988 in Novosibirsk, Russia. From 1997-2001, he worked as an invited scientist at Chungnum University in Taejon, South Korea. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Wake Forest from 2001-2003, and post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Rice University in 2004. From 2004-2015 Dr. Sokhadze worked as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Louisville (UofL) and directed the Evoked Potential Lab there. He still holds a Gratis Clinical Associate Professor appointment at UofL. In 2015 he joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and Greenville Health System as a Research Professor of Biomedical Sciences and member of GHS/USC-SOMG Center of Childhood Neurotherapeutics. His research interests include application of EEG/ERP brain mapping, neurofeedback, TMS, sensory integration and other applied psychophysiological techniques in psychiatric clinical research. Specific psychopathologies of interest are autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, substance abuse, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and comorbid conditions. Dr. Sokhadze is a member of several professional clinical research societies (AAPB, ISNR, SPR, FNNR, ISAM) and grant reviewer for two federal agencies (NIH, DOD). Currently, Dr. Sokhadze has several clinical research grants involving Clemson University (CU), GHS and University of South Carolina pending reviews at NIH and DOD. The collaborative efforts with Clemson researchers participation are targeting treatment of children with autism using TMS and biofeedback methods. Three more collaborative grants with CU are in preparation for the next NIH funding cycle.
For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.
How Dr. Sokhadze’s research is transforming health care
Dr. Sokhadze has more than 30 years of experience in application of cognitive neuroscience and neuromodulation methods in human clinical psychophysiology research and applied neuroscience. Specifically, he has extensive expertise in rTMS, central and peripheral nervous system activity measures in developmental psychophysiology research. Dr. Sokhadze was PI and co-I on several society and federal grants and completed as a co-I, an Eureka NIH R01 grant aimed to study EEG and ERP abnormalities in autism and clinical and EEG/ERP effects of rTMS. He has several publications on EEG/ERP and TMS in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neurofeedback applications in ASD, ADHD and substance abuse and numerous presentations on the same topics, including those where autonomic measures such as HRV were monitored. He has been a member of AAPB and ISNR (biofeedback societies) since early 90s and is currently the President of Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research (FNNR), a non-profit organization with the mission of supporting clinical research in this area. The Child Neurotherapeutics Center Lab at GHS/USC-SOMG facility has necessary equipment (EEG, TMS, psychophysiological monitoring devices, etc.) and specialist software to support the innovative collaborative projects with Clemson University. Dr. Sokhadze’s group was the first to start the application of rTMS for the treatment of ASD, and was the first to integrate rTMS and neurofeedback as treatment method for ASD. The main direction of his research transforming healthcare is aimed at development of novel theory-guided non-invasive treatments and functional diagnostics methods that could be used for innovative approaches for intervention in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and ADHD.
News and Media Related to Dr. Sokhadze's Research
Magnetic promise: Can brain stimulation treat autism? By Lydia Denworth. Spectrum News, September 23, 2015.
Key Health Research Interest Areas
Autism, ADHD, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Neurofeedback, EEG, ERP, Autonomic nervous system, Heart rate variability, Electrodermal activity, Attention, Emotion, neuromodulation, tDCS