August 2013

AAPB Newsletter
August 2013



Dear Fellow AAPB Members,

Here is an update on several ongoing projects:

Reaching out to the world to inform and inspire: As most of you know, we are gearing up for our social networking campaign. We need to let the world know about our techniques. For the campaign to work, we need lots of high-quality material to put on the web. Last month, I asked for your help in creating blogs. Only a few of you responded, and we are very grateful for your contributions. We will need a lot more of you to pitch, and demonstrate the vitality and passion in our field of study and practice if we are going to succeed.

We will need about one 300 to 500-word blog per month from each volunteer starting now so we build up a reservoir. Photos can accompany the blog. Separate videos are also welcome.

We need separate blogs for varying audience types including:

(1) Potential patients including patient comments.
(2) Potential optimal functioning clients including client success stories.
(3) Potential clinical therapists.
(4) Potential coaches / educators.

We are asking for about one per month in any category covering any intervention. The content is pretty much up to you.

AAPB Webinars:
AAPB's webinar series is still advertised mostly to our own membership with the result that few people attend because most of you already know the material. We are going to use (a) our new email prospect list and (b) our social networking machine to inform organizations, therapists, educators, and coaches about our online educational offerings. With any luck at all, this will extend our attendance and influence too. We have two offerings planed for September and October and I hope you will join us or browse the recordings available on the AAPB website, available for purchase at special member rates.

AAPB Standards for Performing Biofeedback:
AAPB's new Standards document has been available for your review since July 31. This is the "how biofeedback & neurofeedback needs to be done" rule book. If you haven't received it via email, please see below to access a draft and respond as directed. We need your input as the final version will constitute the rules we work under and states will use to enforce standards.

Please contact me at to discuss these and any other matters and feel welcome to contact AAPB staff at any time.

Thank you,
Rich Sherman
AAPB President


 Applied Psychophysiology Comes of Age: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Clinical Practice and Optimum Performance
We look forward to seeing you all next year in Savannah, Georgia, 
 March 19-22 for AAPB's 45th Annual Scientific Meeting! 

"Attending the AAPB annual meeting is like getting my battery recharged. I get to renew old friendships that I have made at prior meetings and meet new people who share my love for biofeedback. I particularly like attending workshops with some of the long time practitioners and researchers. I always learn a lot and think of it as spending time with a Zen master. Attending the meetings gives me the energy and enthusiasm to deal with the problems of a private practice and reminds me of why I went into clinical biofeedback. I haven't missed a meeting in years and I look forward to seeing all of you at 2014 meeting in Savannah, Georgia next March."

- Ron Rosenthal, 2014 AAPB Program Planning Committee Chair

AAPB is the pioneering professional society devoted to education and research in this field. We are pleased to be hosting our 45th Annual Scientific Meeting in Savannah, Georgia this spring. Please reserve the dates and make sure to attend the entire meeting. You won't want to miss the opportunity to attend practical workshops, hear from leading clinicians and researchers, and check out the latest equipment.  

Submit an Abstract Today!

We invite YOU to play an important role in the science and continuing education of the biofeedback field by submitting an abstract to us. The theme of this year's meeting is Applied Psychophysiology Comes of Age: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Clinical Practice and Optimum Performance.

There will be something for everyone in this year's curriculum, as all sessions will be categorized into three tracks: Basic Science (Intro or Advanced), Hot Topics, and Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance. Educate your peers and contribute to the field of biofeedback and neurofeedback by submitting a workshop, symposium or oral presentation proposal for consideration.

The deadline is Monday, September 30, 2013. Each proposal will be blind reviewed by biofeedback professionals. The AAPB Program Planning Committee will accept or reject abstracts based on the reviews. Notifications will be emailed the week of October 21, 2013 on the status of your submission. Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Clearly defined objectives
  • Importance/relevance to the field and audience
  • Originality/creativity of the work
  • Content of the presentation

Click here to submit an abstract for a pre-conference workshop, symposium or oral presentation today!


REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Click here to register TODAY!

Biofeedback-Based Interventions for Headache 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
1:00pm Eastern Time

Presented by:

Richard A. Sherman, MS, PhD, BCB
Director, Psychophysiology Doctoral Concentration
Saybrook University

Biofeedback-based interventions have been shown to be superior or equal to preventive medications for preventive treatment of migraine and tension headaches in overall effectiveness, lack of side effects, and duration of effect. It has also been shown to be more effective than most other techniques for assessing the underlying cause of the headache and, thus, permitting the optimal behavioral technique to be used initially. The effect sizes for various interventions are reviewed along with a discussion of methodology for assessment and intervention for migraine and tension headaches.

Learning Objectives
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • Explain how treatment efficacy scores are determined so participants will understand this term when evaluating information from meta-analyses.
  • Summarize the meta-analyses combining publications on biofeedback based interventions for chronic pain problems and present the efficacy scores for each so participants will know how effective biofeedback based interventions for pain are.
  • Present the relative efficacy scores for preventive headache medications and biofeedback headache interventions as an example of comparative effectiveness.
  • Present an overview of problems with preventive pain medications and the common reasons they are not used more often.
  • Present an overview of psychophysiological assessment of chronic pain so participants understand the unique information provided.
  • Present examples of several biofeedback based interventions for chronic pain including migraine and tension headache so participants are aware of how they are performed and know where to get more detailed information and training.

Dr. Sherman's areas of interest spanning over thirty years of teaching, research, and clinical work in psychophysiology (PhD from New York University) include elucidating mechanisms and treatments for phantom limb pain, determining the effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic fields for treatment of migraine headaches, and describing temporal relationships between changes in muscle tension and pain. He has been Chief of Orthopedic Research at various US Army Medical Centers (Lieutenant Colonel US Army, Ret.) and President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation and Director of the Psychophysiology Doctoral Specialization at Saybrook University. He has written over 130 articles and books related to pain and behavioral medicine. His most recent book is "Pain Assessment and Intervention From a Psychophysiological Perspective". His major emphasis is providing distance based education programs for clinicians wishing to add behavioral medicine techniques to their practices.

Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 credits


  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • AAPB Members: $69 - $30 in savings  
  • Not a member? Join Today!
  • Extra participants seeking CE credit: $25 for members;
    $45 for non-members 

Click here to register TODAY!


Leaders Wanted

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 2014-15 board:

  •          President-elect
  •          Member at large (2 open positions)

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. Jeffrey Bolek, Past President and Nomination Committee Chair, if you have any questions.


Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
In association with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Impact Factor Increases!
The new Impact Factors (IF) were announced by Thomson-Reuters at the end of June 2013 - Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback has a 2012 Impact Factor of 1.536. This represents an increase from last year's IF of 1.131. The journal is ranked 62 of 114 (3rd quartile) in its category, Clinical Psychology.

The journal's 2012 5-Year IF is 2.106, ranking 50 of 114 journals in Clinical Psychology (2nd quartile).   Many feel the longer span of the 5-Year IF is a truer measure for journals in the behavioral and social sciences where papers have a longer "shelf life" compared to those in the physical sciences.

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 is viewed as a means to evaluate a journal's relative importance in a field and is considered an indication of quality.

A 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.

Congratulations to the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback referees/reviewers, the Editorial Board, and Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik. The increased 2012 IF of 1.536 is a solid achievement.

Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Please consider submitting your manuscript to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback at: Experience fair, balanced, and helpful refereeing. Accepted papers are published quickly via Online First. Published works enjoy wide distribution to academics, researchers, and practitioners worldwide, including all AAPB members, and are abstracted/indexed in all the leading services, including PsycINFO, PubMed/Medline, and SSCI. For more information, visit the journal homepage:

Contact Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (e-mail: with any general inquiries about the journal and/or your suggestions for special thematic issues.

Sign up for SpringerAlerts for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Please visit the journal homepage ( to sign up easily for free SpringerAlerts. Be notified when each issue is published online (4 times a year) and see what papers are in it weeks before subscribers receive the print version. The journal, online and print versions, is an AAPB membership benefit. 


Give Us Your Input on the AAPB Standards for Performing Biofeedback - DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 4

It has been over 20 years since AAPB developed its first standards document. As our field and techniques have matured, the need for a comprehensive standards document based on current research and experience has become ever more apparent. Biofeedback techniques have moved well beyond the self-exploration and early clinical environments to include numerous applications in optimal functions and education. Since our original standards document was developed in 1992, a vast amount of experience and research has accrued, demonstrating what should and shouldn't be done to perform ethical, effective interventions.

In late 2012, then President Jeff Bolek and AAPB's board of directors decided the time was ripe to prepare such a document. A standards committee, consisting of Richard Sherman (Chair), Paula Amar-Schwartz, Frank Andrasik, Shawn Criswell, Louis Csoka, and Linda Walker, was appointed and prepared a draft.

After modification and approval by the board of directors, we are presenting it for your consideration. The draft is also going to AAPB's lawyer, biofeedback instrument manufacturers, training and sales groups, and anybody else we know of who may have an interest in it.  

All interested parties have until September 4, 2013 to email comments to Michelle Cunningham. The standards committee will examine all of the comments and prepare a final version for approval by our board and then by the membership.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Webinar Recordings 

AAPB is bringing educational seminars to you - literally. Several Virtual Education webinars are currently available for purchase online. These webinars offer continuing education credits and the opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge from the comfort of your home or office. The credits you receive are approved by APA and satisfy the BCIA recertification requirements. Additionally, the credits may be used to maintain your license - a great value!

Click here to visit the AAPB Store, and learn more about the following webinar recordings and purchase one today!

  • Addiction and Compulsive Behavior
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Ethics
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Stress

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