The Andrews/Reiter Epilepsy Research Program, Inc. was incorporated in the state of California in 1982 as a non-profit dedicated to research and treatment of epilepsy. Its mission has been to research behavioral methods for improving seizure control and quality of life; to offer treatment for individuals with epilepsy who experience lack of seizure control and/or interference with the quality of their lives; and to teach professionals and families how to use the Andrews/Reiter treatment approach to epilepsy. We are fortunate to have implemented all three aspects of our mission in the 35 years since formation. Our successes include:

  • Treatment of over 2600 individuals with epilepsy.
  • Complete control of seizures in over 50% of participants.
  • Significant reduction of seizure frequency and improvement of quality of life in 78% of participants.
  • Collaboration with North Bay Regional Center and community group homes, to effectively reduce seizure frequency and impact on daily living for individuals with developmental disabilities. Training group home counselors to effectively use the A/R approach on a daily basis with group-home clients.
  • Lecturing internationally on the A/R approach to epilepsy including the 23rd ILAE conference and Epilepsy Europe.
  • Participating in major educational seminars in the US, Canada, and Europe. In-depth presentation at the first conference on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy, New York University, 2001.
  • Conference dedicated to the A/R comprehensive neurobehavioral approach to epilepsy at the University of Toronto in 2011.
  • Publishing, in 1987, the first comprehensive behavioral treatment approach for epilepsy, Taking Control of Your Epilepsy: A Workbook for Patients and Professionals.
  • Dr. Reiter co-authored the widely acclaimed book for individuals with epilepsy, Epilepsy: A New Approach.
  • Publishing multiple papers on the A/R approach in peer reviewed professional epilepsy journals.
  • Oxford University Press 2015 publication Taking Control of Your Seizures: Workbook in collaboration with W. Curt LaFrance, Jr. of Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University

Dr. Joel M Reiter, co-founder of the Andrews/Reiter Epilepsy Research Program (A/R), retired from his role with A/R on August 1, 2018. Dr. Rosa Michaelis has assumed the position of Medical Director of Andrews/Reiter and replaced Dr. Reiter on the A/R Board. The A/R Board thanks Dr. Reiter for his outstanding contributions to enhancing the welfare of people with seizures through development, teaching and publication of the A/R process. To honor Dr. Reiter’s seminal contributions, and with his permission, the A/R Board will continue to call the organization the Andrews/Reiter Epilepsy Research Program, Inc.


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