WHY IS AAPB Membership Important? Hear from our members:
I started learning about biofeedback and neurofeedback in grad school—stuck in a storage room entering code to conduct beta/theta neurofeedback on a young child. I was lost in the woods but enthralled by the possibility of it all. After beginning formal training, I joined this organization due to what I saw was a need to fill a gap that cognitive behavioral therapy (the source of most of my training) did not for address. I could not fully attend to cognitions and behaviors without addressing physiology! Luckily, I was not alone. This organization is a unique blend of skilled researchers, innovative engineers, and compassionate clinicians. These conferences are amazing! It’s the one place I can study something that I am closely involved in…and in the next session learn something totally new and outside of my wheelhouse. It has truly expanded my horizons and understanding of the human mind and body. I have also found the kindest mentors at all levels. Since the very early stages when I knew nothing about biofeedback, the field experts I view as esteemed masters would sit down and share a meal with me—talking as comfortably as to an old friend (thanks to Jay and Erik). Thanks to the welcoming faces of Elizabeth Strobel and Rick Harvey, I knew my focus on children was also supported here. This organization has allowed me to develop leadership skills I may not have had an opportunity to in other realms. Through serving on the board, I’ve learned even more about biofeedback in the larger world. The skills that I’ve learned here on the board have helped me further my leadership within the American Psychological Association as well as The Cleveland Clinic. I am indebted to the compassion and support of the colleagues that I have met across the country (and across the borders). I’m so excited to be a part of this organization and its next 50 years!
----- Ethan Benore, PhD, BCB, ABPP, Head, Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health, Program Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Psychology, Clinical Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Fellow, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
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 scientific understanding of biofeedback and advance the methods used in practice and application. AAPB is a non-profit organization as defined in Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
It is the mission of AAPB to promote and represent the science and practice of self-regulation to enhance health and performance. It is the association’s vision to integrate self-regulation into everyday life.
AAPB's works 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
- Making the public aware of the benefits 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. In its history, AAPB has grown to more than 2,000 members representing the fields of psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, physical therapy, education and other healthcare areas. There are many state and international chapters.