October 2013

AAPB Newsletter
October 2013


President's Letter

Dear Fellow AAPB Members:

Here is my update on what AAPB is up to:

Regional/State/International Chapters:

AAPB's regional/state/international chapters are currently only very loosely affiliated with AAPB. We used to have an active "council of chapters" which met during AAPB's annual meeting and also had a representative on AAPB's board. Frankly, we have neglected our chapters for far too long. Stu Donaldson, our incoming president, has decided to make strengthening our affiliations with our chapters a high priority - starting now.

The question is how to accomplish this vital task. Some ideas which have been broached so far include:

(a) Having quarterly "go to meeting" meetings of all the chapter presidents with AAPB's president (etc.) via the web to replace the non-functional council of chapters meeting at AAPB's meeting. These meetings would explore how to optimize mutual support for the chapters and AAPB.

(b) Having speakers from AAPB's board present at chapter meetings. Stu Donaldson and I just did this at the North East Regional Biofeedback Society. Our presence gave us a chance to let chapter members know what AAPB is doing and explore what their needs are from the organization.

(c) Having the chapter presidents attend AAPB's virtual board meetings (held using "go to meeting" via the web) so they have direct access to ongoing discussions and can present their own needs.

What do you think we should do to strengthen ties?

Virtual Meeting:

As you know, this year's annual meeting will be broadcast live over the web using "go to webinar" so people all over the world can attend.

(a) Who can attend: When I asked for your opinions about whether the virtual meeting should be open only to people outside the US and Canada or to everybody regardless of where they are, every person who responded said the virtual meeting should be open to everybody regardless of location. The board considered this and agreed. The nightmare for AAPB would be that less people attend in person than would do so otherwise.

(b) Practice run: AAPB's consultant for getting the meeting software working is Linda Walker. She just did a "dry run" at the Midwest chapter's meeting last weekend. The good news is that the registration process is simple and works well. The broadcast was viewed in real time by one person overseas who reported that the audio and video was very good. The bad news is that one person was not able to get access to the meeting for some reason. This means that we will have to staff a "help desk" for anybody who has problems attending the virtual meeting.

Webinar Program:

As I said in my last message to you, AAPB's webinar program lost momentum last year. We are starting to advertise our webinars through our social networking campaign to a far wider audience than just AAPB's membership. We need people who are willing to present topics of general interest. If you are interested in exploring giving a presentation, please let me know and I'll pass your contact information on to our webinar coordinator, Chris Gilbert.

Social Networking Campaign:

The campaign is getting underway. We need help identifying both professional interest groups we can contact and - especially - interest groups of people with disorders we can treat. Please send your ideas to me.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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! 

"I have not missed an AAPB meeting in years. I keep coming back for the friendships, the cross fertilization of ideas and most of all, the networking. Looking forward to Savannah!" - Dr. Richard N. Gevirtz, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Alliant International University at San Diego

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.

Hotel Reservations are now open at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Be sure to book your reservation by February 18, 2014 to ensure the best rate possible. 


Friday, March 21
A Healthy Complexity presented by Ary L. Goldberger, MD, Harvard Medical School

Over the intervening decades, links between signal complexity and health have been demonstrated for many other biological measures, including brain waves, breathing rate, balance, and gait. More than scientific curiosities, these measures offer powerful medical opportunities, Goldberger believes. "The body's output signals are highly predictive," he said. "What we'd like to do is probe those signals for encoded information telling us that the body's physiology is about to drive off a cliff." Goldberger, a Wyss Institute core faculty member, is working with other members of the Anticipatory Medical and Cellular Devices Platform to develop algorithms and other computational tools to expose when signal complexity is breaking down. Goldberger said he couldn't do the work alone. The non-linear equations needed to map changes in biological systems are so complex, he said, that it makes a huge difference to involve physicists - who are more familiar with such modeling.

Friday, March 21
Presidential Lecture: Adventures in Neurofeedback: Insights from fMRI and EEG Studies of Meditation presented by Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine

This presentation will discuss behavioral and neural mechanisms of mindfulness training. It will highlight how fMRI neurofeedback can be used to delineate and confirm neural correlates of behavior and cognitive states, which can be of use in basic cognitive neuroscience. It will also describe how source-estimated EEG neurofeedback can be used for assessing cognitive states such as mindfulness neuroscientifically and augmenting them clinically.

Saturday, March 22
The Integration of HRV Biofeedback and Cognitive Intervention in PTSD Treatment presented by Constance Dalenberg, PhD, Alliant International University

The most empirically supported treatments in the treatment of PTSD are the exposure therapies, all of which require the patient to approach and even relive the traumatic experience.  Not surprisingly, given that avoidance of traumatic reminders is a hallmark of PTSD, dropouts and short-term increases in stress-related responses are common problems faced by clinicians and researchers.  Recurrence of symptoms at times of new stressful encounters is also commonly reported.  In this workshop, theory and research will be presented on the integration of exposure therapy with two adjunctive treatments designed to increase treatment palatability, decrease dropout, and lower recurrence.  The first, HRV biofeedback, increases tolerability of the anxiety created by approaching trauma symptoms.  The second, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, helps the individual to accept the residual anxiety without pathologizing these experiences.  A session by session treatment approach will be described, together with supporting theory and research and preliminary clinical data on the success of the integrated treatment. 

More to come...



IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! Click here to register TODAY!

Audio-visual Entrainment - Physiology, Clinical Outcomes & Latest Research
Thursday, October 24, 2013
1:00pm Eastern Time

Presented by:   
Dave Siever, CET, Mind Alive Inc. 

By the end of 2012, there were about 50 clinical studies supporting the effectiveness of audio-visual entrainment (AVE). An advantage of AVE is that it affects cerebral blood flow, neurotransmitters, dissociative/meditative states and brainwave activity. AVE is easy to use and boosts cognition. Students using AVE show increased GPA, concentration, memory and reduced worry. ADD/ADHD children or adults and with seniors with cognitive decline also benefit from using AVE. Other applications of AVE include deep relaxation, hypnotic induction, PMS, SAD, PTSD, migraine headache, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.

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

  • Understand neuronal dysarousal in terms of cerebral blood flow, over-arousal, brain waves and neurotransmitters.
  • Understand how AVE counteracts the components of dysarousal.
  • Review the clinical research.
  • Learn how to apply the various protocols for various cognitive and emotional maladies

Dave Siever graduated in 1978 as an engineering technologist. He later worked in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta designing TMJ Dysfunction related diagnostic equipment and research facilities. He organized research projects, taught basic physiology and the advanced TMJ diagnostics course. Dave had noted anxiety issues in many patients suffering with TMJ dysfunction, prompting him to study biofeedback, which he applied to their patients and later design biofeedback devices. In 1984, Dave designed his first audio-visual entrainment (AVE) device - the "Digital Audio-visual Integration Device," or DAVID1. Since this time, through his company, Mind Alive Inc., Dave has been researching and refining AVE technology since, specifically for use in relaxation, boosting academic performance and treating anxiety, depression, PMS, ADD, FMS, SAD, pain, cognitive decline and insomnia, which he presents at conferences and for special interest groups. Dave also designs Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES) products and is a leading provider of transcranial DC stimulation (tDCS) and biofeedback devices. Dave continues to conduct research and designs new products relating to personal growth and wellness.

Level: 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 

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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.


Membership Committee Chair

AAPB strives to ensure that it is meeting the wants and needs of its membership. As the association evolves and changes, it is imperative that we have capable and dedicated committee leadership in place to lead us toward the achievement of our strategic goals and objectives. We are currently seeking a member volunteer to chair its Membership Committee.  By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a way that provides meaningful support to your peers and gives you a voice in the association.. The purpose of the Membership Committee is to:

  • Establish and review membership criteria and policies;
  • Develop new member promotions;
  • Liaison with chapters, sections and divisions to actively recruit members;
  • Work with staff to improve member retention rate, and evaluate and identify member services.

If you would be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Michelle Cunningham at mcunningham@resourcenter.com or (800) 477-8892, ext. 132.

Biofeedback Device Table Updates

We are looking for a student member to update one of AAPB's most popular resources, the Biofeedback Device Table. Created ten years ago by AAPB President Richard ?Sherman, this reference guide lists the characteristics of devices available on the market, but is now so outdated, it is useless.

If you would be interesting in taking on this project, we are pleased to offer FREE registration to the 2014 AAPB Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA (March 19-22, 2014), one night accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Savannah and a $200 travel stipend to attend the meeting.

For more information, please contact Michelle Cunningham at mcunningham@resourcenter.com or (800) 477-8892, ext. 132.


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

Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
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Contact Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (e-mail: fndrasik@memphis.edu) with any general inquiries about the journal and/or your suggestions for special thematic issues.

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Please visit the journal homepage (www.springer.com/10484) 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.

Biofeedback Magazine
Special News Release

HRV Biofeedback Relieves Athlete's Concussion
When a football player slams his head into the ground after being tackled, he may feel dazed and forget the previous plays of the game. But his concussion is ultimately a physiological injury that changes the way the brain works.

Researchers and clinicians are recognizing this and have been focusing on treatments to resolve not just the physical symptoms but also the underlying physiological imbalance that results from such a head injury. An article in the current issue of the journal Biofeedback reports on a clinical case study using one such treatment, known as heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback. The authors argue that this treatment can help athletes suffering from postconcussion syndrome (PCS), which occurs when concussion symptoms last at least three weeks. Previous research has shown that concussion causes a dys-regulation of the autonomic nervous system, and HRV biofeedback moderates that problem.

The study comes amid increasing concern about how sports-based concussions are diagnosed and handled. A US senator is proposing a law that would require schools to prevent students from playing sports if a concussion is suspected, and several states have passed or are considering legislation that would require baseline concussion testing for high school athletes. The National Football League also recently agreed to a $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its retired players.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the United States annually, and the authors of the current study note that up to 10% of such injuries develop into PCS. For their study, they treated and observed a 42-year-old athlete who suffered her first concussion during a practice. She was prescribed bed rest and an antidepressant yet reported increased PCS symptoms at a checkup more than three months after the concussion occurred.
For the study, the patient learned breathing exercises to improve her HRV. Recent studies have found that HRV biofeedback reduces stress and anxiety among athletes, which could increase their sense of control over their symptoms and lead to a speedier recovery.

After 10 weeks of HRV biofeedback, the patient's headaches and other postconcussion symptoms had decreased while her vigor had increased. The authors note that one of the most dramatic changes was from severe to mild depression.

The authors attribute these changes to the HRV biofeedback and suggest that it would be a useful part of PCS treatment, particularly compared to antidepressants and sleep aids that simply treat the symptoms of concussion. They recommend a randomized, controlled trial be conducted to further study the effectiveness of HRV biofeedback.
Full text of the article "A Preliminary Study: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Treatment of Postconcussion Syndrome," Biofeedback, Vol. 41, No. 3, 2013, is available at http://www.aapb-biofeedback.com/doi/full/10.5298/1081-5937-41.3.02.

About Biofeedback Magazine
Biofeedback is published four times per year and distributed by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. AAPB's mission is 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. For more information about the Association, see www.aapb.org.

AAPB Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations - Distinguished Scientist Award

The AAPB Awards Committee invites AAPB members to submit nominations for the Distinguished Scientist Award to be presented at the AAPB's 45th Annual Meeting on March 19-22, 2013 in Savannah, GA.

The Board approved the creation of the Distinguished Scientist Award to be presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding career and scientific contribution to the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback."

The recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award will be invited to give an address at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting; the date, time and topic to be determined by the Program Committee Chair.

Candidates for this award are reviewed and recipients are determined by the AAPB Awards Committee. To nominate an individual who represents the purpose of the award please complete the online nomination form.

The Distinguished Scientist Award was created in 1995. Past awardees include:

1995                    Neal Miller, PhD
1996                    Niels Birbaumer, PhD
1997                    John Basmajian, MD
1998                    Edward Taub, PhD
1999                    Johann Stoyva, PhD and Tom Budzynski, PhD
2000                    Angele McGrady, PhD
2001                    Bernard T. Engel, PhD
2002                    Frank Andrasik, PhD
2003                    Edward Blanchard, PhD
2004                    M. Barry Sterman, PhD
2005                    Paul Lehrer, PhD
2006                    Joel Lubar, PhD
2007                    Susan Middaugh, PhD
2008                    Richard Gevirtz, PhD
2009                    John Arena, PhD
2010                    Alan Glaros, PhD
2011                    Steven Wolf, PhD, PTA, PT
2012                    Julian F. Thayer, PhD
2013                    Erik Peper, PhD

Nominations must be received by December 15, 2013. Award winners will be notified in January 2014. Nominate someone you know today!

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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
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  • Heart Rate Variability
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