Keynote Speakers

Michael Larson, PhD
2019 President’s Lecturer
How Can We Improve the Rigor and Replicability of Applied Psychophysiology?
Thursday, March 14, 6:45pm-7:45pm

Michael Larson is a Professor of Psychology and the Neuroscience Center at Brigham Young University and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychophysiology. His research focuses on cognitive control component processes and cognitive control dysfunction. A large focus of his research and editorial duties focuses on improving the rigor and replication of psychophysiology research, including guest editing a special issue of the International Journal of Psychophysiology on this topic and implementing registered reports as a method of publication in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. Dr. Larson has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and trained many PhD and thesis students. Clinically, Dr. Larson runs a neuropsychology service and training clinic that focuses on the after-effects of traumatic brain injury and neurologic and psychiatric illness.

Mark Schwartz, PhD, BCB Emeritus
Keynote Address Title TBA
Friday, March 15, 9:15am-10:15am

Dr. Schwartz joined the Mayo Clinic in 1967 after receiving his doctorate at the University of Texas - Austin and a Post-doctoral internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He was on the Mayo Clinic Rochester staff from 1967 to 1988 and then at Mayo Clinic Florida through 2004 when he retired. He introduced Behavior Therapies at Mayo Clinic in 1970 providing clinical services throughout 37 years at the Mayo Clinic. He introduced biofeedback at Mayo Clinic in 1974. Starting in 1981, Dr. Schwartz chaired the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) and was on the Board from 1981-1986. He also served as President of BSA in 1987-1988. Dr. Schwartz is a Senior Fellow Emeritus of the BCIA. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida and in private practice. He is a member of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the Biofeedback Society of Florida.

Barry Sterman, PhD, BCB Emeritus
Keynote Lunch and Learn Title TBA
Friday, March 15, 12:45pm-1:45pm

Prof. Yury Kropotov
Extracting Functional Neuromarkers from Spontaneous and Evoked EEG for Constructing Protocols of Neuromodulation
Friday, March 15, 5:05pm-6:05pm

Prof. Kropotov Juri (Yury) D. is the world leader in neurophysiology and healthy and diseased human brain, the author of 244 papers including 13 books published in Russian, German, Polish and English. In 1985 he was awarded the USSR State Prize for his studies on impulse activity of neurons in patients with implanted electrodes. On the basis of his research he developed the theory of action programming and models of realistic neuronal networks. On the basis of the theory he developed methodology of assessing functional neuromarkers of the human brain and built up an international database of event-related potentials. The methodology is described in Kropotov J.D. “Quantitative EEG, event-related potentials and neurotherepy” published by Academic Press, Elsevier, 2009 (Award of Association of Applied physiology and biofeedback). During the last 15 years he discovered functional neuromarkers of ADHD, OCD schizophrenia and depression (Copernicus Prize, 2010, title of honorary degree of Gdansk academy of Sports, book “Functional neuromarkers for psychiatry” by Academic Press, 2016). He worked as invited professor in Saint-Petersburg State University, University of Zurich, Krakow Academy, Norwegian University of science and technology). He served as editor of journals: Human Physiology, Neurotherapy, Acta Neuropsychologica, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. He is currently the head of laboratory of N.P. Bechtereva Insitute of the Human Brain of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Raouf (Ron) Gharbo, DO
The Unifying Shift Towards Parasympathetic Health
Friday, March 15, 6:15pm-7:15pm

Since completing PM&R specialty training at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Gharbo maintains an active neurorehabilitation, chronic pain and electrophysiology practice, while also acting as a Clinical Associate Faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is currently a clinical investigator on multiple HRV biofeedback trials for the treatment of chronic pain in veterans, nursing burnout and fatigue in cancer patients.

Dr. Gharbo seeks to define ANS Rehabilitation for polytrauma, athletics and sustainable high performance and to develop pragmatic evidence-based solutions for the Opioid Crisis and healthcare burnout using research-grade HRV wearable devices. Dr. Gharbo has helped guide culture shift two collegiate athletic programs and a college wind ensemble with the later published in August 2017, in the prestigious VRME publication.  In June 2017, his Novel Method for Reproducible Placebo Analgesia with Empowerment highlighted at the International Conference on Opioids.

Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB-HRV
2019 Distinguished Scientist Lecturer
Keynote Address Title TBA
Saturday, March 16, 9:30am-10:30am

Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB-HRV is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. Dr. Shaffer was the principal co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.) and authored 12 of its chapters. Dr. Shaffer is the Past-Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), director of its Biofeedback and HRV Biofeedback Task Forces, and member of its Neurofeedback Task Force, and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Seth Conger, BCN-t
Strategies & Systems to Ensure Sustainable Growth, Employee Excellence and Clinical Results
Saturday, March 16, 12:45pm-1:45pm

Seth Conger is the Chief Operating Officer at Carolina HealthSpan Institute, a Functional Medicine and Brain Enhancement medical practice focused on guiding individuals toward root cause resolution and achievement of sustainable, optimal health. For the past five years, he has been responsible for team growth, operational sustainability and rapid expansion of services and programs to help more individuals attain their health needs and reach their health goals. Seth trained to become a BCIA certified Neurofeedback Technician after Neurofeedback & Biofeedback drastically improved his brain function & capacity. Through his time at Carolina HealthSpan Institute he has helped grow the company by over 300%, established collaborations with the Cleveland Clinic and other top medical organizations and secured a place among the top revenue and clinical results producing Functional Medicine and/or Brain Enhancement Clinics in the country.

Erik Peper, PhD, BCB
Past, Present, and Future: The Hope and Possibilities for Feedback-Lessons Learned
Saturday, March 16, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Erik Peper, PhD, BCB, is an international authority on biofeedback and Professor of Holistic Health Studies / Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He has received numerous awards such as 2013 Biofeedback Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of outstanding career & scientific contributions from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology. He has a biofeedback practice in Berkeley, CA at BiofeedbackHealth (  He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, and Biofeedback Mastery.  He publishes the blog, the peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being ( He is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and workplace health. His research interests focus on self-healing strategies to optimize health, illness prevention, the effects of respiration and posture, and self-mastery with biofeedback.

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