Education Section

Welcome to the Web Site of the Education Division of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.


One of the major challenges which continues to face the Education Section is to define the distinguishing factors of this Section from other AAPB Sections. Many members attending the 2004 AAPB meeting (Colorado), both of the Education Section and of other Sections, acknowledge that every Section is "educational" in the larger sense and that they impact the Education Section. Members shared interesting perspectives on what they perceived the Education Section to represent within AAPB and what is and can be offered for public awareness. Keeping their ideas in mind, the configuration for the updated Education Section's Web Site represents their suggestions.

The Section inception Twenty years ago when the Section began, the Section focused mainly on the traditional classroom organization of K-12 and with some identified special needs programs and Head Start. Many Section members were on-the-line classroom personnel. For the most part, the Section did not attract members from other disciplines; however, overall AAPB members' enthusiasm was evident.

What has changed? What has emerged in the past 10 years is a fast moving trend of a "coming together" of professional disciplines heretofore not directly involved in the historic division of educators, i.e., classroom teachers and administrators, as well as, now involving the wide spectrum of educational programs in self-regulation in early childhood to the senior community.

The impact and impact of change The impetus for change was partly driven by the stark reality of an inadequate healthcare system for impoverished children and the grievous neglect and abuse in early childhood. This led to tougher Federal and local initiatives and mandates to identify these youngsters, which affected teachers, and the subsequent involvement of the mental health community and allied health facilities with school personnel Legislation requiring professional responsibility for the disclosure of abuse and neglect of children and the push for providing services mandated new responsibilities on educators, mental health workers, community, law enforcement protection services, the medical community and those in Allied Health.

Accreditation and collegiality Educators, namely classroom teachers, school nurses and counselors were required to have more health related competencies in addition to maintaining Continued Education Credits in their respective fields. Conversely, those in medicine and in related fields, social workers and mental health agencies were equally challenged to provide more services in coordination with educators for in-school presence, the home bound, foster care, chronically ill youngsters, etc. Parents were encouraged to participate in the National Mentoring Program for Local Mentoring Partnerships, which among many services, coordinate parent mentoring with school personnel for disadvantaged or troubled youths. Associations such as The American Academy for Pediatricians and others in Allied Health share workshops with educators where they exchange mutual concerns for greater communication with family practitioners and health care providers to schools.

The challenge to the Education Web Site In reviewing the interest and commitment of AAPB members to improve the Site, the challenge is how the Site should be organized to reflect the breadth of the above. The Section Site can best serve the Association at large and professionally enhance the Section by providing very specific organization and links; for example, pre-school, K-12, college and university, public and private endeavors, curriculum guides to instructional programs in the schools, alternative education (home bound, in-hospital schools, special needs-physically and emotionally challenged, gifted, etc.) community-based educational programs, Parent Teacher Association info, research, abstracts, professional articles, and others.

The original question In initially providing this structure, what can then be determined in time is an answer to the original question of what are the distinguishing features of the Education Section. We are grateful for you interest and welcome your contributions.

Elizabeth L. Stroebel, PhD, BCIA

Articles of Interest (all information gathered from these articles must be cited)


AAPB Annual Meeting
Portland, Oregon
Psychopharmacology in the Classroom
Dr. Barbara Peavy


AAPB Annual Meeting
Austin, Texas
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Dr. Joe Kamiya

Report of the Education Section's meeting held during AAPB's 2004 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs (submitted by Elizabeth L. Stroebel, PhD):

Section Co-Chairs Ingrid Pirker-Binder, PhD (BCIA) Elizabeth L. Stroebel, PhD (BCIA)


For those of us old enough to remember the famous Nancy Drew mysteries, well….according to Nancy….

"You can solve anything if you have an inquisitive temperament, imagination, and two friends." With this bit of inspiration and with our Section surrounded by dozens and dozens of friends, welcome to the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Education Section. Order of Business Welcome to all Section members, other AAPB members, and those attending AAPB for the first time. Acknowledgement and thank you to those who have served as officers and contributors to this Section, and especially for support from the AAPB Board. We appreciate all of the input from other AAPB Section members, who offer suggestions and are advocates for the Education Section. Section goals for the following months:

  • To address the provocative question: "What are the distinguishing qualities of the Education Section from other Sections and their educational goals?"
  • To review the original Mission and Vision Statement of the Section.
  • To examine and discuss the current structure of the Section with the appointed AAPB Board representative for the Section.
  • To follow-up on the suggestions by various AAPB members that maybe the Section should consider changing the Section's name. Membership input needed.
  • To begin an information gathering for Web Design

During the 2004 Annual Meeting Colorado Springs, Colorado was:

"The relationship of early childhood abuse/neglect to learning disabilities and violence in the schools" by Carol J. Schneider, PhD, Past president of AAPB

Section Officers

Current Education Section Officers:

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Stroebel, PhD
Barrington, RI
Day time Phone: 941-321-8890

Co-Chair: Ingrid E. Pirker-Binder, MMAG
Institut Bico, Vienna, Austria
Day time Phone: 431-403-0098

Advisory Member: Frank Andrasik, PhD
University of West Florida
Day time Phone: 850-474-3298

Advisory Member: Bo H. C. von Scheele, PhD
Swedish Center for Stress Medicine

A dvisory Member: Aubrey Ewing, PhD, APRN, BC
Boynton Beach, FL
Day time Phone: 561-742-7122

Board Liaison: Karen Kverno, PhD, APRN, BC
University of Maryland, School of Nursing

2000-2001 Education Section Officers: (2 year terms)

Co-Chair: Camille Ann Frey, Ed.S.
University of Louisville
Day time Phone: 502-852-4319

Co-Chair: Wesley Sime, Ph.D., MPH, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Day time Phone: 402-472-1161

Board Member: Dmitry Burshteyn, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Board Member: Betty Horwitz, Ed.D.
150 West End Ave. 28G
New York, NY

Institution Coordinator: Michael Maughan
Brigham Young University
1500 WSC
Provo, Utah 84602

Historian: John Jordy, MEd.
Western WA U.
Old Main 504
Bellingham, WA 98225
W. 650-650-2954 F. 650-650-7308

Web Page Editor: Spaff Ackerly, Ph.D.
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
1493 County Road. 106
Carbondale, CO 81623
970-963-0499, fax: 970-963-9865

1999-2000 Education Section Officers:

Co-Chair Marigold A. Edwards, Ph.D., CHES
University of Pittsburgh
Daytime Phone: 412-681=7347

Co-Chair Camille Ann Frey, Ed.S.
University of Louisville
Daytime Phone: 502-852-4319

Feedback and Website Revisions

Feedback: We need your ideas about how to serve you with this website. Some possible additions might be:

  • Include names and contact information of all section members.
  • Begin a listing of educational institutions offering biofeedback and psychophysiology programs.
  • Begin a list of vendors offering low-cost biofeedback tools useful in educational settings.
  • A description of various education initiatives in other AAPB chapters and beyond, and contact info.
  • A section to post notices, ideas, request feedback, etc.

We may need a small group to coordinate and approve website design. Please send your ideas and comments to Elizabeth Stroebel.

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