Brain Fitness Online

Summer 2022

Welcome to Brain Fitness Online, Summer 2022

Quick Links for Brain Fitness Online

Welcome video from Debbie Flores

Learn more about our program in this short video.

A site JUST for Emeritus Students

We have a website just for Emeritus students. You can access it by going to ( On this site, you will find:

  • Information for Summer 2022 (schedule, details on some classes, meet the instructors and registration tutorials)

  • Student Guides (Guide to understanding online instruction, Guide to using Zoom, Guide to find your class on the website)

  • Student resources (Job opportunities, list of resources from SDCCE available to students, classes from previous semesters)

Please take some time to look over the site.

Welcome to Brain Fitness Online

Brain Fitness Online is a class which focuses on brain health, by education as well as learning tools which may enhance cognitive functioning as we age. There are two levels of Brain Fitness: Basics (for first time participants) and Topics (students who have already begun their program). This website has several sections, which can be accessed by the tabs on the website. However, below, you will find direct links to each of these sections. We look forward to working with you.


Dr. Merzenich provided an excellent talk on brain plasticity on October 26. You can view this presentation in its entirety by clicking above.

Watch the recording of Dr. Michael Merzenich, guest speaker to our Brain Health classes on March 23, 2021. It's excellent!

About the class

Brain Fitness Online is a class which combines a brain healthy curriculum with practice using a brain training tool, BrainHQ. There are several features of this class:

  • Weekly email: Each week, you receive a weekly email which details what will be discussed during the week.

  • License to an online brain training program: All registered students receive a semester license for the scientifically designed and peer reviewed brain training program, Brain HQ.

  • Weekly video class to touch bases with classmates and expand on that week's topic.

  • Most weeks, a self-graded quiz

There are 2 choices of curriculum:

  • BF Basics This is a general curriculum for 1st time students. It provides the background information necessary to understand the components of brain health and to begin to learn more about healthy brains.

  • BF Topics: Each semester, we look at an assortment of topics related to brain health. Some have been discussed before, and some are brand new.

Brain HQ website

Access the BrainHQ website at:

Watch this short video tutorial on how to log in to your BrainHQ account and get access to the exercises (2 minutes).

Weekly Zoom Sessions

There are multiple Zoom sessions for Brain Fitness students. You are welcome to attend any of these sessions for your class (basics or topics). If you like, attend more than one to hear a different perspective on that week's lesson.

To find more, and to see the Zoom link for your class, visit our Zoom page on this site, The Zoom Classroom

Syllabi: Official syllabus

BrainFitnessSyllabus-Spring-2022 (1).docx

Video: Brain Fitness syllabus Spring 2022

Instructor Contact Information

Debbie Flores


Mindy Sloan

Bridget Wright

Pey-Lih Littler

Yael Lorberfeld

Trudy Russo

About us

Debbie Flores

Debbie Emery-Flores graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Certificate in Rehabilitation Technology, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Debbie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology from SDSU, and an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Southwestern College. She has been working for the San Diego Community College District since 2013, serving as a vocational counselor with the WorkAbility III program, with Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS), and with the San Diego Continuing Education Access Technology office. In the Emeritus program,Debbie currently teaches Brain Fitness and Alzheimer's: The Science of Prevention. A native of San Diego, Debbie loves traveling, reading, being in nature, playing the piano and organ, volunteering, working with older adults, and spending time with her husband, Juan.

Mary Burns

Mary Burns has been an instructor with San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) since 1987. She holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. She has been teaching online since 2007, and was one of the original online instructors at SDCE. She has developed curriculum for multiple subjects, including Health, Communicating with Technology and Brain Fitness. She has created websites using a variety of platforms (Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas and Google Sites). She enjoys learning and teaching about technology, and provides classes for older adults in the community. Besides teaching, she is the technology Assistant Program Chair at SDCE, focusing on meeting the technology needs of faculty, and the training and support of online instructors. Besides technology, she enjoys running, working in the yard, walking the dog and spending time with her husband, Kim.

Mindy Jo Sloan, Ph.D.

Mindy's career focus has been on using education to make the world a better place. She has served learners of diversity as a school psychologist for PK-12 school districts and the California Youth Authority, and as a faculty member and administrator at institutions of higher education. As a faculty member and administrator, Mindy pioneered several strategies to effectively engage at-risk learners, established an online Library, Writing Center, and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, provided 24/7 learning supports that increased students success, created predictive models to diagnose and prescribe specific interventions that improved student learning, and was elected as a faculty senator and faculty body President. Her graduate degrees are in Educational & Counseling Psychology, and she is a licensed school psychologist, school administrator, and special educator. Dr. Sloan's first career was as a greeting card illustrator and writer. She is a minister of metaphysical sciences. Last and most importantly, Mindy is a mother of four amazing adults and Nene to a grandson and granddaughter.

Pey-Lih Littler, M.Sc., RD

Pey-Lih is a licensed registered dietitian nutritionist and formerly a research scientist. She holds a research Master's degree in the Biomedical Sciences from Albany Medical College in Immunology and Microbial Diseases. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry from Illinois State University and in Food & Nutrition from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and an Associates of Arts in Gerontology from MiraCosta College. Since 2017, Pey-Lih has swapped her micro-pipettes and lab coat for cooking spatulas and a yellow apron from Sur La Table. She runs culinary experiments in the kitchen - her new laboratory! She is also a CDC-certified Lifestyle Coach and certified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a nutrition counselor in Celiac Disease and Gluten-related Disorders. Pey-Lih loves to cook, read, bike, and row; she was an amateur competitive cyclist and lightweight Master's rower with ZLAC Rowing Club in Mission Bay. During her free time, she studies Spanish and Mandarin. You're likely to find her meal prepping, volunteering, or reading a juicy book.

Bridget Wright, MPH

Bridget Wright, MPH, has a Master’s Degree of Public Health and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She also holds professional certifications in Health Coaching, Nutrition, and Exercise. Bridget has worked for many local community organizations, including hospitals, universities, and corporations. While working as the director of a research project at San Diego State University studying the effects of providing Medicare beneficiaries with preventive health services, Bridget became passionate about helping older adults maintain their health as they age. Bridget has also served on the Speaker’s Bureau for the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the American Heart and Stroke Association. For the past five years, she has been an Instructor with SDCCE, teaching Nutrition and Healthy Living Courses. She and her husband have two grown daughters, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and volunteering in her community.

Yael Loberfeld

Yael Lorberfeld has been teaching Brain Fitness since 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology by the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has been working since 1997 in Mental health as a Psychotherapist, School Psychologist and teaching topics related to Mental Health and Wellbeing, in Spanish and in English. She has a certificate on Family Leadership Coaching by The San Diego University for Integrative Studies. She is the cofounder of a nonprofit organization and an active volunteer in her community, working as an educator for children to develop social responsibility. She loves to teach and to study. She enjoys to read, to hear music and travel. She is currently on sabbatical, but will return in Spring 2022.

Trudy Russo, MA

Trudy is the newest addition to the Brain Fitness Team joining summer 2022. She has MA in International Health and Development and has worked extensively abroad in the field of international nutrition. She ran a non-profit organization called Vitamin Angels that serves people who are medically underserved in developing countries. She became a Brain Longevity Specialist with Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and Certified Brain Health with the Amen Clinic to expand her ability to help people on their cognitive wellness journey. She has been a guest speaker representing ARPF for San Diego Community College’s Alzheimer’s “Science of Prevention” class series. Trudy is passionate about brain health and anything related to brain health, longevity, and prevention.