Dear AAPB Members,
Greetings from Northeast Ohio. AAPB is quietly working behind the scenes to improve the status of biofeedback. One major project is the APA petition to keep biofeedback as a named proficiency. We received an extension, along with clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology and clinical child psychology to July, 2013. This will entail distilling aspects of the landmark document, "Evidence-based practice in biofeedback and neurofeedback" by Carolyn Yucha and Doil Montgomery (2008). If you haven't seen it I encourage you to take a look at it. It is one massive document with enough references to choke a horse. We are in the process of updating the "What is biofeedback" brochure and completing the application for maintaining CE credits via APA.
The website/list serves are a work in progress. We ask for your patience as we continue to try to improve the access and content. Fiddling with the website is like a chess game. You try to anticipate the ramifications of changing something. Sometimes you get it right; other times not so right, but one of the things the membership asked for was improvements to the site. There is one question that we would love to get an opinion on. The general AAPB list serve can be set one of two ways, 1) an open list serve where members are expected to follow the rules of the road and 2) a monitored list serve where every post must first be approved by an appointed monitor. I personally prefer #1 because #2 reminds me of big brother watching plus there is a delay while the post gets reviewed. You can send your comments to the AAPB IT Team or firstname.lastname@example.org.The ISNR Board decided to pass on the joint conference for 2014, but would be interested in exploring options for 2015 and beyond. They feel that this would allow ample time for both groups to find an arrangement that can work for both organizations.
Jeffrey Bolek, PhD
Click here to view the results of the 2012 AAPB Membership Needs Assessment Survey. Please note: You will need your member login and password to access this data.
AAPB is dedicated to anticipating and understanding the needs and wants of our members, and endeavors to ensure that current programs and services are serving you effectively. Some of the key points we have learned from this assessment are a desire to keep the existing membership categories, a desire for more information on how the governing structure of AAPB functions, many concerns about the high cost of the conference, a preference for organizing the conference around topics and appreciation for the opportunity to have a voice in the association.
As a valued member, you have a voice in AAPB affairs and we would like to hear it. Jeff Bolek is making a change in the Presidential Address. Typically the president chooses the featured presenter, but this year he is using his "presidential prerogative" and asking the membership if they have anyone in mind that would be a good choice to give the Presidential Address. Click here to share your recommendation. We cannot guarantee your choice will be selected, but it does open it up a bit for member input. Send us some names! Thank you for your time and investment in the future of our field of study.
The latest issue of Biofeedback Magazine is now available to AAPB members from Biofeedback Online. The Summer 2012 issue features the following:
BCIA Certification Exams-A New Look at This Standard
Quantitative Surface Electromyography: Applications in Neuromotor Rehabilitation
Habilitating a Smile
Reporting on Dynamic SEMG Evaluation of the Cervical Musculature
Multi-Modal Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Headache: The First in a Series of Case Studies: A Case Study: 30-Year Migraine Headache
The Glazer Protocol: Evidence-Based Medicine Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) Surface Electromyography (SEMG)
The Glazer Intrapelvic Surface Electromyography (SEMG) Protocol in a Case of Male Urinary Incontinence and a Case of Female Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
Thomson-Reuters announced the new Impact Factors (IF) at the very end of June 2012 - Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback has a 2011 Impact Factor of 1.131. The journal is ranked 69 of 109 (3rd quartile) in its category, Clinical Psychology. Because the journal focuses on a niche area within a very broad category, this ranking represents a good outcome.
A journal's IF is a measure of the frequency with which an average article in the journal has been cited in a particular year. The IF provides a means to evaluate a journal's relative importance in a field and is considered within the academic community as an indication of quality. Thomson-Reuters calculated the 2011 IF as follows:
The journal must first be accepted into Thomson-Reuters' Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) or into Science Citation Index (SCI) to be eligible for inclusion in the annual Journal Citation Report (JCR) that produces the IFs.
The 2011 IF of 1.131, while a small decrease from 2010, still reflects a solid achievement. Congratulations are due to the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback referees/reviewers, the Editorial Board, and Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik.
Deadlines are approaching to submit your research for presentation consideration at the largest annual gathering of AAPB members, the Annual Meeting:
Now accepting abstract submissions for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Portland, March 13-16. Educate your peers, share your expertise and contribute to the field of biofeedback and neurofeedback by submitting a proposal for consideration. Pre-conference workshops, breakout session and oral presentation abstracts must be received online by Monday, September 10, 2012. Poster Abstract submissions must be submitted by Monday, November 19, 2012.
As a member of AAPB, you have the privilege of casting your vote in the Board of Directors election each year. An effective, committed Board of Directors is essential to the success of any organization. AAPB's volunteer leaders are the embodiment of the organization's intellectual diversity and are dedicated to furthering the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.
The AAPB Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions for the 2012-13 board:
Please click here to submit your nomination(s) and to learn more about the open positions. Be sure the individual(s) you nominate has/have agreed to be placed on the ballot. You will be required to provide name(s) and email address(es). Self-nomination is encouraged.
Feel free to contact Dr. Gabriel Tan, Past President and Nomination Committee Chair, if you have any questions.
Consider submitting your next paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback at: http://apbi.edmgr.com. Fair, balanced, and efficient refereeing. Speedy publication of accepted papers via Online First. Wide global distribution to academics, scholars and practitioners, including all AAPB members. Abstracted/indexed in all the leading services, including PsycINFO, PubMed/Medline, and SSCI. For more information, visit the journal homepage: www.springer.com/10484.
Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (e-mail: email@example.com) will be pleased to answer your general inquiries about the journal and hear your ideas for special topical issues.
Please visit the journal homepage to sign up for free SpringerAlerts. Know when the current issue is published online and what papers are in it weeks before receiving the print version.
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SAVE THE DATE: 2013 Annual Meeting, March 13-16 in Portland, Oregon
___________________________________________________STAY TUNED! The Fall 2012 AAPB Virtual Education/Webinar schedule will be announced soon. Visit the Virtual Education section of the website for updates and available recordings.