May 2014

AAPB Newsletter
May 2014


President's Letter


Stuart Donaldson, PhD, BCB - AAPB President

Dear Fellow AAPB Members,

I hope this column finds you well and enjoying this onset of warmer temperatures.  As this is my first column I would like to start out by thanking my predecessor Dr. Richard Sherman for all the work he has done and continues to do for AAPB. Thanks, of course, also apply to all the current and previous board members whose work goes largely unnoticed. Without them, AAPB would not exist.

In preparing for this column I asked the question "What is AAPB?" It is not a licensing body for it does not grant licenses to practice.  It does not give out degrees.  Most members of AAPB have licenses issued by state or provincial bodies which give them the right to practice.  To demonstrate ones concentrated knowledge in biofeedback and neurofeedback, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) offers specialty certifications.  

So who belongs to AAPB? I asked this question which leads me to some interesting thoughts.  Most members of AAPB want to help others. We are basically all care givers or want to train care givers. Our range of disciplines and types of practice are diversified, but we all share this one goal. 

The next thing that occurred to me is "we don't fit." By this I mean we straddle the line between physical and psychological/behavioral. My psychological colleagues don't know what to say to me.  I don't do counseling, don't use traditional psych tests and prefer to talk about data and Z scores and the like.  Mind you I don't like talking about id, ego and super-ego and the latest personality theories.

So here we sit neither fish nor fowl: psychophysiologists, physician, therapists, or whatever you want to call us.  

Basically we look for psychophysiological reactions to stimuli and judge whether the reaction is healthy or not. For example, if someone were to yell fire, most of us would go into a stress mode and get ourselves out of danger. This we consider normal. However, there are a few people who are attracted to fire. These we consider abnormal.  But there are also firemen. Through training and supervision they can learn to control the stress response.  But how do you know they have monitored the stress response. The firemen can exhibit all the overt signs of coping, while underneath it all they are reacting physically. This is the basis of psychophysiological monitoring: to see the hidden and make it overt.  

So the first thing we do is monitor and measure providing data for analysis.  However our databases, with a few exceptions, are weak and poorly developed which leads directly to challenges from other health care providers.  Also, we get judged by the gold standard of double blind studies, which in most cases are not applicable.  However, if I am reading the current research correctly the halo of double blind studies is tarnishing. More on this in a future column...

We then step in as health care providers using numerous types of biofeedback techniques to make the hidden overt.  The problem is everybody in our fields has their own version of how to do things some of which are based on rather shaky physiology. It is no wonder people outside of our world look at us and shake their heads. 

So who belongs to AAPB?  People who want to help others, using a technique called biofeedback, usually isolated, and targeted as flakes and are neither fish nor fowl. This is where AAPB can help. There is no excuse to be isolated.  All the resources of AAPB are at your fingertips; an email away. 

Having trouble with a treatment protocol: email the AAPB list serv for assistance from your peers.  We will get someone, hopefully an expert in the field to help you.  Having trouble understanding physiology (who doesn't) we have two physicians on the board with fabulous knowledge ready to help. 

The board and staff are here to help you, to help at the chapter level and at the individual level.  AAPB is establishing a fund to provide money to chapters who can use it to provide student scholarships to the chapter conferences.  AAPB working with the local chapters can provide continuing education credits for psychologists through the American Psychological Association (APA). Click here to access the CE Provider Application Packet.

Our management services, the Resource Center for Associations, has merged with Kellen Company to provide us with even more resources than before. AAPB is making plans to change its website, to make it easier to navigate. 

We are targeting the individual practitioner over this next year with programs in marketing.  You may have a great practice but if nobody knows about it, you starve.

We are making an effort to improve but we can't do it without your input.  WE SUCCEED WHEN YOU SUCCEED!!!  Feedback on this material is appreciated.

Be safe and take care.  See you in Austin for the AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting - March 11-14, 2015.

Thank you,
Stu Donaldson
AAPB President


AAPB Webinar
Fibromyalgia: Neuroplasticity Gone Wrong
THURSDAY, May 29        
1:00PM-2:30PM (EDT)


Presented by: Stuart Donaldson, PhD, BCB - Director, Myosymmetries

DESCRIPTION: This session will focus on fibromyalgia examining it from the perspective of neuroplasticity, studying 3 nervous systems: the central, peripheral and autonomic and how these systems change due to chronic pain. Neuroplasticity will be discussed covering everything from cellular changes to nervous system changes. The 3 parts of the nervous system will be examined using qEEG techniques with LENS treatment, SEMG techniques with muscle balancing techniques and stress profiling with various peripheral treatment techniques. The discussion will be concluded with presentation of case studies and how to integrate these treatments into a comprehensive treatment program.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • Understand neuroplasticity and its effect on human functioning
  • Understand how chronic pain can develop using the neuroplasticity model
  • Understand how qEEG, LENS, SEMG and stress profiling can document the neuroplastic changes
  • Understand how to develop an integrated treatment program 

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Dr. Stuart Donaldson received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1989. He is presently an adjunct professor in Applied Psychology at the University. His original interests lay in the area of surface electromyography (SEMG) studying muscle activity and low back pain. His doctoral works lead to the development of the use of SEMG in dynamic assessment and treatment in various muscle conditions. He studied myofascial pain syndromes, carpal tunnel syndromes, low back pain and headaches. In 1995 his work on headaches was recognized as he won the prestigious award "The Outstanding Contribution To The Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature" as presented by the American Journal of Pain Management. In 1995 he became interested in fibromyalgia combining the SEMG work with qEEG assessments. In 2000 Stu was appointed to the Expert Consensus Panel by the National Fibromyalgia Association and Government of Canada to study and develop a consensus document about fibromyalgia. He has published extensively in the areas of chronic pain, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. His present interests include the use of the qEEG and SEMG in combination in evaluating chronic pain patients.

The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1.5 hours.

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


AAPB Webinar:
Inflammation and Psychophysiological Reactivity to Stress
THURSDAY, July 30        
1:00PM-2:30PM (EDT)


Presented by: Patrick R. Steffen, PhD - Associate Professor, Brigham Young University

This presentation will review current inflammation research and examine the role inflammation plays in physical and mental health and disease. The evolution of inflammation as a key part of the innate immune system will be reviewed and how inflammation contributes to health. Dysregulation of inflammatory processes will be discussed and the contributions of autonomic functioning, stress and depression to inflammatory dysregulation will be examined. The effects of treatments for depression on inflammation will be discussed. The presentation conclude with a discussion of how biofeedback might be used as an intervention for inflammatory dysregulation, particularly heart rate variability biofeedback as a method to increase parasympathetic functioning and lead to autonomic balance.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • Review the role inflammation plays in immunity, physical health and mental health
  • Review how stress and depression can lead to dsyregulation of inflammatory processes
  • Review how chronic inflammation can contribute to increased stress reactivity and depression
  • Review how biofeedback may play a role in the treatment of dysregulated inflammatory processes

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Patrick Steffen's broad research interests lie in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with specific interests in culture, spirituality, and health.  He is particularly interested in the Hispanic Paradox and how disadvantaged groups display resiliency and positive adaptation in spite of significant stressors.  He has authored and co-authored articles in Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, and Mental Health, Religion, and Culture; and co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology and the Handbook of Primary Care Psychology.  Dr. Steffen is currently an associate professor and associate director of clinical training in the Brigham Young University clinical psychology program.  Before coming to BYU, Steffen was a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  He received his PhD and master's degrees at the University of Miami in clinical health psychology, and a bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in statistics and philosophy from Brigham Young University.

The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1.5 hours.

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


Thank You for Making the 45th AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting a Success! 
The AAPB Board of Directors, Program Planning Committee and staff organizers would like to thank everyone who attended the 2014 AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Clinical Practice and Optimum Performance. In addition, we wish to thank the scholars, researchers, practitioners and thought leaders who presented their work at the Meeting. It is our sincere hope that you found this year's Meeting helpful, informative and fun!

We would like to hear from all of you that attended, so if you have not done so already, please complete the online evaluation.

Special Thanks to the AAPB 2014 Program Planning Committee
This meeting would not have been possible without months of planning and dedication of the following individuals: 

  • Ronald Rosenthal, PhD - Chair
  • Aubrey Ewing, PhD
  • Richard N. Gevirtz, PhD
  • Ben Greenberg, PhD
  • Howard Hall, PhD
  • Robert E. Longo, PhD
  • Jan Newman, MD, MA, FACS, ABHM
  • Barbara S. Peavey, PhD
  • Patrick R. Steffen, PhD
  • Mark Stern

SAVE THE DATES - March 11-14, 2015
We look forward to seeing you all next year in Austin, Texas (during SXSW!) for AAPB's 46th Annual Scientific Meeting! Austin is proudly weird, proudly Texan (it is the capitol after all). Austin is home to the University of Texas, the state capitol, famed music clubs on Sixth Street, great restaurants and world-class spa retreats, AND the SXSW- South by Southwest Interactive Film & Music Festival which happens to coincide with the AAPB 2015 Meeting. With entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own. Austin boasts more than 250 music venues and a vibrant arts scene. Make plans to join us for the AAPB 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting: The Many Faces of Biofeedback and put Live Music Capital of the World® on your playlist.
Details will be available soon.

Important 2014 Reference Resources  
Annual Conference Presentations/Handouts:   

  • ONLINE: If you attended, you have ongoing access to the majority of the conference presentations and supplementary reference materials by visiting our Handouts Page. Only those who attended will have access.
  • Members: You will need your member login information to access this information. Please click here  to access your password and login.
  • Non-Members: Non-members - email to receive your login information.

Important Details on Continuing Education: 
Please click here to access the online CE evaluation. Your CE certificate is the white copy of the form that you completed onsite at the Meeting. 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.

If you forgot to return the yellow copy of your form, please mail it to us at One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or email the PDF file to

Steven M. Baskin Receives AAPB's 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award

At the 2014 AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting, Dr. Steven Baskin received the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback's (AAPB) 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award. 

Steven M. Baskin, PhD, started the Behavioral Medicine Service at the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, Connecticut and is an attending psychologist at Greenwich Hospital of Yale-New Haven Health.  He is a past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).  He is a current member of the board of directors of the Headache Cooperative of New England and a past board member of the American Headache Society and the Connecticut Psychological Association. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and a frequent reviewer for the journals Headache and Cephalalgia.  He has published extensively on primary headache disorders most recently on comorbid psychiatric factors that may chronify migraine and complicate treatment.

The purpose of the AAPB Distinguished Scientist Award is to recognize an individual's outstanding career and their scientific contribution to biofeedback. This award acknowledges an AAPB member who has advanced biofeedback through a significant body of research conducted, as judged by publications, awards and peer reviews, and has made a major impact upon the field of study, both nationally and/or internationally. Nominees must hold a doctoral degree in a psychology, biomedical science, medicine, or other health-related field. Criteria for evaluation are:

1. Scientific importance of research discoveries
2. Mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty
3. Continued impact on the field

2014 FERB Scholarship Winners

At the 2014 Annual Meeting, the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB) announced the 2014 recipients of two mini-grant awards, of $3000 each, to the following applicants:

  • A FERB grant has been awarded to Marie Hensley, of the University of Louisville, for her project, The effectof repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) onheart rate variability (HRV), heart rate (HR), and skinconductance levels (SCL) in children with autism.
  • A joint mini-grant from FERB and the ISNR Research Foundation has been awarded to Matthew Goodmanof Alliant International University, for his project, The combined effects of neurofeedback and biofeedback training for treating children with autism spectrum disorder.

2014 FERB Student Travel Scholarship Recipients

Thirty-three students attended the annual meeting as part of the travel scholarship program:

Jabari Allen
Tracy Brown
Alec Cangelosi
Cornel Chiu
Sommer Christie
Dominique Clemmons-James
Rachel Davenport
Monica DeBold
Marissa Fabbri
Matthew Fish
Ram Golan
Leonardo Gomes
Joseph Gregory
Robert Guiles
Lauren Gunneson
Joe Hannan
Marie Hensley
Wookjae Heo
Bryant Javier
Alexander Kane
Molly Lahn
Brenton Laing
Andrea Meckley
Jasmine Mitose
Brittany Neilson
Robert Nicks
Emily Ortega
Elisabetta Patron
Grace Robinson
HiuWai Tsui
Teresa Vodopest
Taylor Williams
Christopher Williams 

A Note of Thanks... from a student scholarship winner

Eleven students from Dr. Fred Shaffer's Center for Applied Psychophysiology at Truman State University were fortunate enough to attend the 45th Annual Scientific Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. This conference was an incredible experience and we cannot thank you enough for the scholarships, accommodations, and hospitality. As undergraduates, the chance to network with professionals was an invaluable experience. Not only did we get exposure to graduate/post-graduate-level research, but we also received a wealth of feedback on the four studies we presented as oral papers and posters. The encouragement and sense of community deeply touched all of us. This experience has helped to motivate our entire research team to refine our studies and prepare for the 2015 conference in Austin. You have our warmest thanks!    

Ram Golan
Truman State University
Biology/Exercise Science Major 


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. 6120.


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Missed an AAPB Webinar? Recordings are available!

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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Calendar of Events

Educational Opportunities

May 3, 2014:  The Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine Society will present their spring conference: Physiology & Neuropsychology of Head Injury at Loyola University, Columbia, MD

May 6, 2014: The BFE has partnered with  Bio-Medical Instruments, Inc. to present a FREE webinar, How Biofeedback Benefits Your Clients and Practice, presented by Linda Walker, MHR, LPC, BCN, BCB

May 7-10, 2014:  The Society for the Advancement of Brain Analysis (SABA) will hold their annual conference at Catalina Island, CA

May 29, 2014: AAPB presents the next installment of its webinar series - Fibromyalgia: Neuroplasticity Gone Wrong by Stu Donaldson, PhD, BCB

July 30, 2014: AAPB presents the July installment of its webinar series - Inflammation and Psychophysiological Reactivity to Stress by Patrick Steffen

September 19-21, 2014: The Biofeedback Society of Texas presents its Annual Meeting in Plano, Texas

October 16-19, 2014:  ISNR Annual Conference will be held in San Diego, CA. Preconference sessions begin on October 13

November 1-2, 2014: Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback's annual conference "Approaches to Pain and Inflammation"

November 6-9, 2014:  The Biofeedback Society of California will celebrate its 40th year at their annual conference in Oakland, CA

November 6-9, 2014: The Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association's Annual Conference: Brain Based Interventions:  The Role of Biofeedback & Neurofeedback in Health Care, will be held in Charlotte, NC

November 7-9, 2014: The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society will have its fall conference in Philadelphia, PA


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