2020 Virtual PROGRAM OF EVENTS - Dec 2

*Sessions subject to change

Wednesday, December 2

Time: 11:00 AM Eastern/10:00 AM Central/9:00 AM Mountain/ 8:00 AM Pacific

Meditation Session

Duration: 30 minutes                   CE Credits: 0


Time: 11:30 - 12:30 PM Eastern/10:30 - 11:30  AM Central/9:30 - 10:30 AM Mountain/ 8:30  - 9:30 AM Pacific

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Biofeedback, Positive Psychology, and Health Behavior Change for Happiness and Optimal Performance

Presented by: Lamees Khorshid, PsyD, BCB, BCN

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance

Level: INTERMEDIATE: Content builds upon the learner's foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Focus: 100% Clinical

Target Audience: Individuals interested in the applications of biofeedback, mindfulness, health habits and motivational interviewing

Session Description: Happiness, positive mood states and high performance can be reached with Biofeedback assisted cognitive and physiological interventions.  Given the current research on happiness, one can achieve positive mood states by practicing habits to improve physiological and psychological states.  While Biofeedback allows the assessment of cognitive and physiological outcomes, positive psychology tools offer cognitive strategies that lead to wellbeing.  Furthermore, poor health habits can lead to depression and decreased performance, and teaching clients to manage stress, nutrition, exercise and sleep will make it possible to experience positive mood states. In this presentation, I discuss three aspects to helping individuals thrive and improve well-being.  Specifically, I will review the use of Biofeedback to measure levels of stress, and how utilizing biofeedback and stress mediating techniques can give one the perceived control to regulate both body and mind.  Next, I discuss the application of mindfulness and positive psychology techniques and the adaptation of these principles for wellbeing.  Finally, I review evidence of exercise, nutrition, laughter, and sleep to optimize performance. Motivational Interviewing will be used to introduce and sustain the aforementioned habits and the integration of Biofeedback therapies.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Dr. Khorshid is an international Speaker and Coach, and has given presentations to fortune 500 companies, top hospitals, and various organizations.  She speaks on happiness, peak performance, health, stress management, and relationships.  She is also the author of the best selling book, I Want to Be Happy.  Dr. Khorshid holds a doctorate in both Clinical and Health Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications, and board certifications in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Medical Hypnosis.  She completed her Health Psychology postdoctoral residency at the Cleveland Clinic, a world leader in medical excellence.

Learning Objectives:

  • To integrate Biofeedback therapies for general stress management and for health promotion and chronic medical conditions
  • To implement positive psychology techniques and mindfulness with biofeedback to facilitate optimal mood and health
  • To gain skills in health interventions like diet, exercise, sleep and nutrition to assist biofeedback therapies in achieving health and wellbeing
  • To learn tools in motivational interviewing to help clients to assess and sustain change


Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern/12:00 - 1:00 PM Central/11:00 - 12:00 PM Mountain/ 10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific

BOS33: What We Can Learn from Reading the MORPHOLOGY of Brainwaves

Presented by: Penelope Montgomery, PhD, BCIA certified Senior Fellow

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Hot Topics

Level: ADVANCED: Builds upon established experience, knowledge and skills in the content area. This may include more diverse applications to specific populations or a novel application of the skill presented. Advanced level programming tends to be more specialized in nature, and allows the learner to integrate and enhance knowledge and skills into their practice or other professional domains.

Focus: 100% Clinical

Target Audience: Researchers and  practitioners who use neurofeedback as well as students who are learning to use neurofeedback should attend this session. Information in this session will also be useful to manufacturers of neurofeedback equipment.

Session Description: The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how familiarity with actual raw brainwaves can reveal rich information about the brain. Morphology refers to the shape of things and when applied to brainwaves, it is the patterns found in raw brainwaves that yield information. From the morphology we can learn two fundamental things about the functioning of the brain: its history and its current condition. The brain records events from the beginning of life and stores the information in its morphology. Events such as illnesses and traumas create specific patterns in the brainwaves that can last a lifetime. The shape of brainwaves, or their morphology, reveals these patterns and provides critical data which is important to clinical outcomes. The field of neurofeedback is based on the neurology of brainwaves obtained using a variety of recording devices. Historically, clinicians determined the state of the recorded brain by reading the actual waveforms written in ink on paper. Over the years, with the development of more sophisticated recording equipment, there has been increased reliance on computer software to interpret information found in brainwave recordings. While EEG background activity varies from person to person, patterns found in specific clinical conditions are the same in all recordings. This consistency lends itself to understanding how such things as frequency and amplitude of the EEG affect brain function. Further, it reveals events in the history of the brain that are important in understanding the context of the client’s condition. By learning to read patterns found in the morphology, clinicians can gain a greater understanding of the brain’s pathology and are guided to more effective neurofeedback protocols. This presentation is designed to demonstrate the ease with which actual brainwaves can be read and the importance of the information they contain.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Penny S. Montgomery, Ph.D. brief bio    Dr. Penny Montgomery has a Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Medicine Psychology from the University of North Texas. She has been licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Texas and Missouri. She is a Senior Fellow and board certified by Board Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Penny began her career in biofeedback in 1968 while teaching at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio where she taught for 12 years.   She co-authored the first clinical textbook on biofeedback published in 1979 by Williams and Wilkins, entitled Clinical Biofeedback: a Procedural Manual for Behavioral Medicine.  A second edition was published in 1981.   She co-authored the textbook Whispers From the Brain, a manual for neurofeedback, published in 2007.   She has authored or co-authored more than 30 research papers in the field and has lectured in educational institutions and professional organizations internationally.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of patterns found embedded in the raw brain wave.
  • Identify specific shapes in brain waves indicative of certain clinical conditions.
  • Utilize the morphology of brain waves to produce more effective training protocols for neurofeedback.


Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern/1:30 - 2:30 PM Central/12:30 - 1:30 PM Mountain/ 11:30 - 12:30 PM Pacific

VL01: Stress in the Age of Covid-19

Presented by: Jan Newman, AAS, BS, MA, MD, FACS, ABIHM

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Hot Topics

Level: INTRODUCTORY: Content is designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area.  Through this level of programming, the learner can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. An introductory level program also may serve as the foundation for subsequent intermediate and advanced learning. Introductory level programming may also be related to an emerging area of knowledge or practice. Although this content can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, an introductory level program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge.

Focus: 100% Clinical

Target Audience: Appropriate for all levels

Session Description: At no time has there been a greater need to understand the human stress response than today. SARS COV-2 virus inserts itself into the heart of the stress response by hijacking the ACE2 receptor to gain cell entry. This webinar will review the stress response and the role of ACE2 in that response. The virology of SARS COV-2 with be reviewed.

The distribution of ACE-2 receptors and its actions in various organ systems will be described. Following that we will analyze how SARS COV-2 creates disease and describe factors that may lessen its furiosity. The possible reasons that this virus creates more severe disease in Hypertensives and diabetics will be discussed. How vaccines are created, and the possible pitfalls will be examined. The actions various therapeutic agents will be described. Methods to control the fear and anxiety that this situation has aroused utilizing biofeedback, diet, herbal therapies that can be readily adapted to teleconsultation will be elucidated.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Dr. Jan B. Newman received her MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, surgical training at UTMB Galveston and University of Vermont. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She has studied and practiced meditation, Yoga, Buddhism and biofeedback in the U.S and in India for over 30 years. She is President of International Stress Management Association - US. She is dedicated to the integration of sound medical practice with scientifically based multimodality stress reduction for disease mitigation and prevention. She is an internationally requested speaker and has presented on topics including Stress: Manifestations, Mechanisms, and Management, Spirituality and Health, the Relationship of Stress and Disease, Oxytocin the Anti-Stress Hormone, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology and the response of the Cardiopulmonary System to Stress. She works in geriatric preventative medicine. She teaches online at the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will learn the virology of SARS-COV2
  • The participant will be able to describe the actions  of ACE-2 in various organ systems.
  • The participant will be able to describe how the virus interfaces with the stress response
  • The student will be able to describe how various techniques may be used to decrease fear and anxiety


Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM Eastern/3:00 - 4:30 PM Central/2:00 - 3:30 PM Mountain/ 1:00 - 2:30 PM Pacific

BOS11: Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback on the Brain

Presented by: Paul Lehrer, PhD; Mara Mather, PhD; Richard Gevirtz, PhD; Julian Thayer, PhD

Duration: 90 minutes                   CE Credits: 1.5

Track: Basic Science

Level: INTERMEDIATE: Content builds upon the learner's foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Focus: 100% Research

Target Audience: People interested in neural mediation of heart rate variability biofeedback effects

Session Description: This symposium reviews effects of heart rate variability  biofeedback (HRVB) on modulation of negative emotion, and presents data showing how these effects are mediated by changes in the brain. We present both original data and previous literature showing that HV biofeedback (HRVB) has widespread effects on modulating negative emotion (anger, anxiety, depression) while also improving human cognition and performance. We present evidence on neural mediation of these effects. EEG studies have shown increases in alpha and theta rhythms, with evidence for greater frontal left-right alpha assymetry suggesting greater activity in centers that modulate emotion. Evoked potential data show similar effects. We also present two fMRI studies showing that breathing at HRVB frequencies affects blood flow through the brain, particularly in pathways connecting centers where emotion is generated (amygdala and insula) and modulated (cingulate and prefrontal cortices), with some evidence for anatomical changes showing greater connectivity between these structures.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Dr. Paul Lehrer has been doing research on HRV biofeedback for over 20 years, as one of a small group of investigators who originated this field of study. He received his PhD degree in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and has been teaching at Rutgers for 50 years, where he has specialized in stress management and applied psychophysiology.through the Department of Psychiatry. He is past president of AAPB, and has been given AAPB's Distinguished Scientist Award and Outstanding Service Award. He has published more than 100 papers and has been senior editor of the text, Principles and Practice of Stress Management.

Mara Mather is Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on brain systems that regulate physiological and emotional arousal, how they affect attention, memory and decision-making, and how these relationships change in aging. She has received the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, a National Institutes of Health K02 Career Development award, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship and a Max Planck Sabbatical Award. Her current NIH-funded projects focus on the role of norepinephrine in age-related change in cognition and on how heart rate variability biofeedback can enhance function of the brain’s emotion regulation networks. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Princeton University and completed her undergraduate degree and postdoctoral training at Stanford University.

Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and was the president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006-2007. His primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain. In this vein, he has studied applications of heart rate variability biofeedback for anxiety, pain, gastrointestinal, cardiac rehabilitation and other disorders. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress related disorders.

Dr. Julian F. Thayer received his B.A. with Honors from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from New York University in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative methods. Dr. Thayer has held faculty positions at Penn State University and the University of Missouri. Before moving to the Ohio State University in 2006 as the Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology, Dr. Thayer was Chief of the Emotions and Quantitative Psychophysiology Section in the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Thayer is currently Distinguished University Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine and the Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology Emeritus at the Ohio State University. He has published over 400 research papers and book chapters covering a wide range of topics including behavioral medicine, cardiology, emotion, psychopathology, bioengineering, research design and multivariate statistical techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn demonstrated  emotional effects of heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB)
  • Learn how HRV biofeedback affects both brain blood flow, as measured by the FMRI, and brain function as measured by EEG
  • Learn about HRVB effects on specific brain centers and how it appears to produce changes in neuroanatomy



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