July 2014

AAPB Newsletter
July 2014


President's Letter

Stuart Donaldson, PhD, BCB - AAPB President

Dear Fellow AAPB Members,

As summer finally decides to appear after a rather lengthy winter and pseudo spring, it is nice to stretch out on the deck with liquid in hand and soak up the rays.  It is amazing what warmth does to the body, spirit and brain.  Briefly it becomes a time for reflection on what has happened over the last months. 

Personally, I am settling in to the daily demands of being President, sometimes wondering why I volunteered, but more often thinking what a great group of people AAPB is and what a great tool biofeedback is.  When I think about biofeedback I think has how many uses have been developed over the years particularly the last few years.  Biofeedback originally started as peripheral biofeedback primarily focusing on relaxation techniques using temperature, galvanic skin response and SEMG on the forehead documenting outcomes.  Since then SEMG has developed into a technic that can treat muscles throughout the body.  Then EEG neurotherapy and qEEGs came along growing and developing.  Today the big interest is in heart rate variability training.  The field continues to evolve and develop. 

What amazes me is the number of different conditions that can be treated today, with little or no risk to the client.  Yet we struggle for reimbursement.  Be it that I am an optimistic person, I believe this is changing due to changes in society.  Society seems to be changing... becoming much more technologically savvy driving the development of apps for numerous issues.  This change can only enhance our position as hopefully the demands of the marketplace will drive or force the issues related to treatment and reimbursement.  To position ourselves appropriately it is imperative that we as professionals and as a society (AAPB) market what we do and how we do it.  We are leading edge in the changes that are occurring, but we need to let people know that we are the experts. 

I routinely see how a new app or program is changing people's lives and think to myself "it is nice to see the rest of the world catching up to us."  We need to let the world know what we do and how we do it.

The theme of this column is marketing which the board is focusing on.  First, a membership needs assessment survey has been conducted.  We are extremely pleased that so many of you took the time to respond.  I think about twice as many people responded as what I expected.  Thanks for all your feedback.  Central office staff is presently tabulating the results.  I hope to share with you these results in my next column.  The board has undertaken a series of projects to help shape our views for the future and then to enlist services to develop a marketing program.  At the Austin conference next year there will be a theme of marketing lead by Dr. Bob Schulz, professor in the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.  Dr. Bob has been advising me personally on how to develop and expand my biofeedback practise for the past 25 years.  He is well worth listening too, so come to Austin.

In my previous column I wrote about how biofeedbackers were neither fish nor fowl.  I seem to have hit a nerve with that as I had a few people contact me and say "amen to that." I just want to thank those who contacted me for the feedback.

Finally, I am doing a two-day workshop on chronic pain and neuroplasticity for the Biofeedback Society of Florida on July 26 and 27th in Orlando.  Information about the conference is available on their website.  The Texas state chapter's conference is coming up in Plano September 19 -21.  See their website for the details.

In the meantime, have a safe and healthy summer.   Get lots of Vitamin D. 

Remember BIOFEEDBACK; A DRUG FREE SOLUTION.  Get the word out.

Thank you,
Stu Donaldson
AAPB President


Play an important role in the biofeedback field by submitting an abstract for the 2015 AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting on March 11-14 in Austin, Texas. The 46th anniversary of AAPB's Annual Meeting will focus on the theme "The Many Faces of Biofeedback: Brain, Body, Performance Enhancement and Marketing." 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 proposal for consideration.

Why submit your work to AAPB?

AAPB offers opportunities for researchers, educators and clinicians to share important findings with colleagues and interact with global leaders in the field. Benefits of abstract acceptance include:

  • Publication - Accepted abstracts of original work are published in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, AAPB's international, interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of the interrelationship of physiological systems, cognition, social and environmental parameters and health.
  • Awareness - Selected abstracts will be promoted to the health and science media in the US market.
  • Visibility & Feedback - Global experts in applied psychophysiology research and clinical care will see your work, and dedicated viewing times create opportunities for discussion with faculty and attendees. Presenters benefit from this interaction by gaining feedback on current and future projects, while also discovering the latest research results and advances in the field.
  • Support - Travel stipends are available for qualified student candidates, and authors are eligible for free conference admission on the day(s) they present.
  • Acknowledgement of Exceptional Research!

 Selection Process

Submit your abstracts by Monday, September 29, 2014. 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 in November 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

Visit the for Submission Site for guidelines

As we aim to offer exceptional opportunities with knowledgeable and skilled presenters, please note that AAPB reserves the right to make adjustments to any abstract.

All session proposals must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, September 29. 

Click here to submit an abstract today!

Interested in displaying a poster at AAPB's 46th Annual Meeting?

We want to hear from you! All poster abstracts must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, November 17, 2014. Each submitted abstract 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 in December on the status of your submission. Please contact AAPB with any questions at (800) 477-8892 or info@aapb.org.

Poster abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Importance (relevance) to the field
  • Originality/creativity of the work
  • Clear statement of topic/theory
  • Appropriate experimental design and use of statistics
  • Validity of conclusions

Click here to access the 2015 Poster Guidelines.

Click here to submit a poster abstract today!


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 concludes 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 dysregulation 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.

Registration is now open for the following AAPB webinar offerings:

August 27: 
The Effect of NeuroField pEMF for the treatment of Autism, Depression and TBI presented by Nicholas Dogris, PhD - CEO & Founder of NeuroField  

October 28:
Feelings, Judgments and Decisions:  Towards a Neuroscience-based Model of Cognitive-Emotional Regulation presented by Thomas Collura, PhD, MSMHC - Clinical Director, Brain Enrichment Center 

November 11:
A Case of Voluntary Pain Control Revealed Using EEG and sLORETA Imaging presented by Thomas Collura, PhD, MSMHC - Clinical Director, Brain Enrichment Center

Save the date!  Registration will soon be open:

September 18:
Quantitative Surface Electromyography: Opening New Avenues in the Rehabilitation of Motor Dysfunction presented by Jeffrey Bolek, PhD


Need to Have Your Conference Accredited for APA CE Credit?

AAPB has an easy solution. We are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a continuing education (CE) provider. This designation allows us to approve CE credits for other organizations. While we entered into this arrangement specifically for our own program offerings and those of the AAPB Chapters, we are not limited and can offer CE credit for any psychological content sponsored by outside entities including other associations and commercial organizations.

Here is how it works:

  • On the AAPB website, go to the Continuing Education link and access the  AAPB Continuing Education Application Packet and follow the steps below.
  • Include AAPB in the marketing of your program material as a co-sponsor of your program.
  • The following items are to be presented to AAPB for approval:
    • No less than minimum of 60-days prior to the event
    • Before posting any reference to CE credits or the use of AAPB's name in connection with the event:
      • Draft content for the proposed CE offering with a complete schedule of events including:
        • Date(s) of the event
        • Times
        • Course descriptions for each CE offering
        • The overall conference learning objectives
        • Learning objectives for each CE presentation to be offered
  • A registration form
  • The evaluation form(s) to be used for the conference and each CE offering
  •  Sample CE certificate
  • Biographical sketches for each presenter
  • A Conflict of Interest form from each presenter
  •  CV's for each presenter (NOTE: Do not submitted CVs to AAPB. They must be maintained in your records should your CE offerings ever be audited by APA or should AAPB require selected material for its records).

The packet also includes a Sample Speaker Form that you can use to acquire most of the information needed to comply with the submission needs.

The price is right?

  • For AAPB Chapters, this service is free!
  • For organizations that have a standing liaison relationship with AAPB, rates are $50 for a multi-session conference or seminar or just $25 for a single CE offering. Distance learning is also available for $15 per CE credit.
  • Non-affiliated or commercial organizations can still take advantage of great rates at $120 for a multi-session conference or seminar or $75 for a single CE presentation. Distance learning is only $30 per CE credit.


Contact the AAPB staff at info@aapb.org or call 303-422-8436.


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;
  • Liaise 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@kellencompany.com or (800) 477-8892, ext. 6120.


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: http://apbi.edmgr.com. 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: www.springer.com/10484.

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.

Sign up for SpringerAlerts for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

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, both the online and print versions, is an AAPB membership benefit.

FOR PURCHASE - Special AAPB Member Rates Apply

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
  • Pain

Educational Opportunities

July 17 - 21, 2014:  
Marquette University College of Health Sciences will present Neuroanatomical Dissection:  Human Brain and Spinal Cord.

July 26 - 27, 2014:
The Biofeedback Society of Florida will present its summer CE program featuring Stu Donaldson, PhD, BCB and Fibromyalgia:  Neuroplasticity Gone Wrong - Surface EMG (sEMG), Quantitative EEG (qEEG), and Stress Profiling Methods for Diagnosis and Treatment.   

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

July 31 - August 2, 2014
Marquette University College of Health Sciences will present Brain Dissection & Neuroscience:  Applications to Disorders of Language and Speech Function.

August 23 - 25, 2014: 
Open Focus/Synchrony Workshop presented by Dr. Les Fehmi, BCN in Chicago, IL.  Please contact them at openfocuscoaching@openfocus.com for more information or to register.

August 27, 2014: 
AAPB will present a webinar -The Effect of Neurofield pEMF for the Treatment of Autism, Depression and TBI by Nicholas Dogris, PhD, BCN - CEO & Founder of Neurofield.

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

October 16 - 18, 2014: 
Marquette University College of Health Sciences will present Behavioral and Rehabilitation Treatment of Bowel Disorders.

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.

March 11-14, 2015: 46th AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting: The Many Faces of Biofeedback will be held in Austin, Texas. Registration will open this fall.


The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback, neurofeedback, and biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction, and progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. For more information on certification or recertification, contact BCIA today:

Phone: (720) 502-5829
Web: www.bcia.org
Email: info@bcia.org


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