December 2013

AAPB Newsletter
December 2013


President's Letter

Dear Fellow AAPB Members:

Here is my update on what AAPB is up to:

Change in Management:

AAPB has contracted with The Resource Center for Associations (RC) as its management company since AAPB's inception as the Biofeedback Research Society. Effective February 1, 2014, RC will officially join forces with of one of the world's leading association management companies, The Kellen Company. This merger means a wealth of new opportunities in several directions. The Kellen Company's service capacity is extensive and offers in-house capabilities for such services as marketing and communication, digital, traditional and social media campaigns, web design, meeting management and global expansion where appropriate. With offices in Atlanta, Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Brussels, Beijing, and soon, Denver, The Kellen Company is positioned to elevate the service and growth opportunities of AAPB to new heights.   

Our current executive director, David Stumph, assures me that there will be essentially no changes in key personnel or contract provisions. David will continue to serve as your executive director with Michelle Cunningham continuing as your key day-to-day executive and operational contact.  

I assure you that our funds are safe during this transition period. All of our funds are in accounts owned by AAPB. Our treasurer has electronic access to the accounts so they can be monitored and any movement of funds or payments of $500 or more has to be cosigned by the treasurer.

Your board of directors is looking forward to speaking with senior representatives of The Kellen Company to learn more about long-term support opportunities that lie ahead for AAPB. We will also speak with several associations who have been managed by Kellen gain insights on the advantages that they have experienced and how AAPB will benefit from the Kellen service model going forward. We are forming a subcommittee to determine exactly what administrative support AAPB actually needs and the optimal way to get it. This is not a crisis situation and there is no need for a rapid decision.

Renewal of Biofeedback as a proficiency within psychology through the American Psychological Association (APA):

Biofeedback was approved by the APA to be a proficiency within psychology several years ago. The approval came up for renewal two years ago but AAPB did not act on the request effectively due to lack of member support. Fortunately, we were given an extra year to comply with APA's request. With our extended deadline approaching, all of the required documents have now been completed, reviewed by APA's support staff, and submitted.  

New Standards of Practice Document:

AAPB has a new set of standards. They were sent out to the membership and interested parties for comment as well as for legal review. All comments have been addressed or incorporated into the document. Please take a look on our website so you can review the standards governing biofeedback practice.

Virtual Meeting:

There were a number of glitches in the initial trials leading to live broadcast of our annual meeting over the web. The intention of the program is to make our meeting available to people all over the world who cannot attend in person. The most important problem seems to be insufficient speed of reception at the attendees' ends. We have no control over this problem. AAPB's board has decided to have a limited broadcast of key portions of the meeting. The broadcast will be continuous throughout the meeting but will send only one stream of data (one presentation at a time). People wishing to attend either in real time or later will be charged $50. The board will assess how the streaming attempt worked out and decide on our next steps in this program. As many presentations as possible will be recorded for later distribution so recordings of most of the meeting's presentations will be available for purchase. People will be charged one price for all of the recordings rather than being given a choice of which presentations to buy.

Webinar Opportunities:

AAPB's webinar program is a key part of our efforts to provide you with valuable continuing education. As I said in my last two messages 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. Presenters are paid $400 per presentation. 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 Media/Networking Campaign:   

The campaign is now underway. Several "YouTube" videos of varying lengths about biofeedback are being distributed and our presence in various social networking sites is being updated. 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.

Dearth of Volunteers - or even comments on what AAPB is doing:

The number of volunteers for AAPB's committees has been dropping for decades. For the last few years we have not had any members of many committees and several with volunteers can't function due to their inactivity. The only exceptions to this collapse have been the standards, annual meeting program planning and membership committees. AAPB is not large enough to pay a management company to do all of the tasks which need to be done. Without volunteers, we can't function. An example was the nearly complete lack of support for AAPB's effort to have biofeedback re-approved as a psychological specialty within APA. The required documentation languished literally until the deadline and was then done poorly even with Resource Center attempting to do much of the work on their own. APA was then kind enough to grant an extra year for us to answer their questions properly. It was still impossible to get a group willing to work on this so the proficiency nearly died of disinterest. This would have been a real blow to biofeedback. Sadly, when I ask for comments to this column, they rarely come. Very few people took the time to comment on our new standards document even thought everybody knew that this document would be picked up by States to form the basis of regulating biofeedback practice. Only a few people have been willing to help out with our social networking campaign even when all we ask for is a blog entry. This means that AAPB can't reach out to professionals who might which to add biofeedback to their practices and to clients who might consider our interventions. AAPB used to have a great webinar program. It is dying from lack of speakers - to whom we pay $400 to present just one short talk. This is simply not right! To be blunt, we can't continue this way.

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! 


JOIN US...We have a great program for you from pre-conference workshops to keynote speakers and provocative symposia! 

AAPB, the pioneering professional society devoted to education and research in this field, will be hosting its 45th Annual Scientific Meeting in Savannah, Georgia on March 19-22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. 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. Please click here to access the complete program online.

2014 Annual Scientific Meeting highlights include:

We are very excited to feature the following FOUR Keynote Sessions:

  • Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina: The Polyvagal Theory: Neural Mechanisms Mediating and Optimizing Social Behavior and Health
  • Ary L. Goldberger, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School: Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractals and 21st Century Biomedicine: The Collapse of Complexity with Aging and Disease
  • Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine: Adventures in Neurofeedback: Insights from fMRI and EEG Studies of Meditation
  • Constance Dalenberg, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Alliant International University: The Integration of HRV Biofeedback and Cognitive Intervention in PTSD Treatment

In addition, the 2014 AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting offers:

  • TWENTY Pre-Conference Workshops on 3/19-3/20, 2014
  • TWENTY-EIGHT Breakout Sessions that include a variety of panels, symposia and lecture
  • Poster Abstract Viewing
  • Section and Division meetings to connect you with colleagues in your specialized area of interest
  • Network with like minded colleagues at a variety of receptions and a special event benefitting the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB)
  • Bask in the beautiful Southern Hospitality that only Savannah can offer!

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. 

The meeting sessions are categorized into the following tracks, to allow you to best select the sessions that are most relevant to you:

Basic Science (All Levels): Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback are objective and evidence based fields. They are grounded in an understanding of several related disciplines; neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, public health and others. These sessions focus on underlying mechanisms and may be experimental or descriptive or literature reviews.  

Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance: This track will be targeted for clinicians. These sessions provide evidence for successful biofeedback training options.   

Hot Topics: This track will feature presentations focused on new ideas, technological advances, challenges and new applications. This track will provide a venue for more speculative thinking as well as information on developments from other disciplines that could impact the way we conduct biofeedback.  


Anyone interested in volunteering (students are encouraged to participate) as a proctor for the workshops at the Annual Meeting may do so by contacting or (800) 477-8892.  Each proctor attends the workshop free of charge in exchange for collecting attendee tickets and distributing handouts. To be eligible to proctor, you must register for the full meeting. If interested, please contact AAPB with the following information today:

  • Please list three workshops, in order of preference, that you would like to proctor
  • Preferred daytime contact information

PLEASE NOTE: Proctors will be assigned courses in the order requests are received


Psychologists: AAPB is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The AAPB 45th Annual Scientific Meeting offers a MAXIMUM of 27.5 hours.

BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions and workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirement for recertification with the certificate of attendance. 

We hope to see you in Savannah in March!


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 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 or (800) 477-8892, ext. 132.


AAPB's Advocacy Wing

By Richard Harvey, PhD
AAPB Treasurer

Are you aware that AAPB is actively engaged in advocacy at the federal level? We have been for a number of years through our ongoing membership with the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Science (FABBS). The Board of FABBS is represented by such dignitaries as Robert Sternberg, PhD; Susan Fisk, PhD; James McClelland, PhD; and Victoria Luine, PhD. Our own Paul Lehrer, PhD has represented AAPB at various organizational meetings during which regulatory, funding and other policy issues have been addressed. I currently serve as the liaison between FABBS and the AAPB Board.

FABBS directs the latest scientific information to the Congressional Science, Space and Technology Committee, identifying priorities for the brain and behavioral sciences. The lobby efforts focus primarily on supporting stable research funding as well as ongoing support of clinical services in several relevant areas. For example, partially with FABBS input, the Science, Space and Technology Committee, through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has prioritized the following areas of support for brain and behavioral sciences:

  • Link neuronal activity to behavior
  • Create structural maps of the brain
  • Generate a census of brain cell types
  • Develop new, large-scale neural network recording capabilities
  • Develop a suite of tools for neural circuit manipulation
  • Integrate theory, modeling, statistics and computation with neuroscience experiments
  • Delineate mechanisms underlying human brain imaging technologies
  • Create mechanisms to enable collection of human data for scientific research
  • Disseminate knowledge and training

Supporting FABBS allows AAPB to extend its reach in advocating for the advancement of the science of biofeedback. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments related to active participation with FABBS.


Announcing the ISNR/FERB 2014 Joint Grant 

The ISNR Research Foundation & Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB) welcome you to submit your research project for consideration in receiving up to $3,000 in grant funding.

The ISNR RF and FERB Board of Directors will jury applications that include biofeedback and neurofeedback and have clear methodology, rationale, and statistical approach to show how utilizing neurofeedback with peripheral modalitie(s) are comparative and/or provide combined effects.

Please click here to access the application.

Eligibility and Conditions:

To be eligible for this joint grant, the applicant must either be enrolled as a full-time student in a college/university health care/mental health care academic program, and working under a faculty research advisor who has had training in Neurofeedback or a non--student researcher/trainee in neurofeedback, qEEG, or neuromodulation area. Projects selected must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding. Grant recipients will agree to submit one brief interim (example below) and one final investigation progress report and financial statement to the Grant Committee within the 12-month funding period. Grant recipients also agree to submit, within 18 months of receipt of funding, a publishable manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal, reporting results of their investigation. 

Submission deadline is January 6, 2014 and announcements for funding will occur at the AAPB conference in Savannah, GA March 19-22, 2014.


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

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.

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 31, 2013. Award winners will be notified in January 2014. Nominate someone you know today!

FOR PURCHASE - Special AAPB Member Rates Apply

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
  • Pain

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