The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) was founded in 1969 as the Biofeedback Research Society. The goals of the association are to promote a new understanding of biofeedback and advance the methods used in this practice. AAPB is a non-profit organization as defined in Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
AAPB's mission is to advance the development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge about applied psychophysiology and biofeedback to improve health and the quality of life through research, education and practice.
The Association is hard at work meeting these objectives:
- Encouragement of scientific research and expansion of clinical and educational applications of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology.
- Integration of biofeedback with other self-regulatory methods.
- Promoting high standards of professional practice, ethics, and education.
- Increasing member knowledge through events, publications, educational programs and special interest sections and divisions.
- Making the public aware of biofeedback.
Membership in AAPB is open to professionals interested in the investigation and application of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, and in the scientific and professional advancement of the field. AAPB has grown to more than 2,000 members representing the fields of psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, physical therapy, education and other health care areas. We also thank those organizations who support AAPB through their Organizational Membership. There are many state chapters, and the Association has members in many countries.
Biofeedback has become an accepted form of treatment not only within the medical community, but with consumers as well. Today, through the efforts of the AAPB staff, board members, committees, and many health care professionals, alternative medicine almost equals traditional medicine in total revenues.