September 2014

AAPB Newsletter
September 2014


President's Letter

Stuart Donaldson, PhD, BCB - AAPB President

Dear Fellow AAPB Members,

Well, summer has come and gone in the blink of my eyes.  Lots of heat, lots of time on the deck (although not enough) and a trip to the world's biggest sauna (aka Orlando, Florida).  I was delighted to be in Orlando at the state's chapter conference, presenting on fibromyalgia. Over 30 people were adventurous enough to come out and listen to me.  I want to give a big and hardy thanks to Dr. Aubrey Ewing and the Biofeedback Society of Florida's members.

I don't think people realize how important the chapters are to AAPB and want to encourage all readers to get to know their local chapters and representatives.  A list of AAPB chapters and representatives is available here for your information.

Speaking of chapters, you will see a number of them have conferences coming up in the fall. Texas leads the way with a conference mid September. California is celebrating their 40th anniversary.  Mid West has Dr. Gabe Sella presenting.  North East Regional Chapter has a fantastic lineup of speakers set to present.  Unfortunately these latter conferences are on or close to the same weekends making getting to all difficult.  I am working with the board to get as many chapters visited by a board member as is possible.  Just a note to the chapters "get your information in to the central office as we can advertise the conference for you."  Also remember to apply for your funding for student delegates.  Remember we are here to help. When you succeed we succeed.

Also coming out this fall is a series of new marketing pamphlets and brochures; dressed up and modernized and available to all AAPB members free of charge.  There are some designed for the public, some for other professionals and a FAQ brochure. They are all designed to help you expand your practice.  Also there will be a video coming out on biofeedback with cerebral palsy and concussions which hopefully will go viral.

The program committee continues to work diligently on the annual conference in Austin, Texas,  March 11-14, 2015.  There are a number of brilliant researchers, a marketing guru and a mystery speaker (world famous author) signed up.  There will be something for everyone including a wide array of entertainment, as we are in town the week of the SXSW Interactive.

I wish to take all of you who took the time to complete our recent membership survey.  The Board is carefully reviewing the results to determine how to best serve your needs.  All who participated were entered to win one of several prizes. I am pleased to announce our prize drawing winners:

  • iPad Mini: Barbara Welsch, PhD, University of Florida
  • FREE registration to the AAPB 2015 Annual Meeting: Kristine Woods, Akron Children's Hospital
  • FREE AAPB one-year membership: Kristine Falco

I had time over the summer to read some fascinating materials on drug research.  To sum it up I would recommend you read, "The Truth Wears Off" written up in the New Yorker and printed in the Annuals of Science, December 13, 2010.  Also google J Schooler.  Basically this gives biofeedback ammo to defend its research position.

And finally a scary moment.  Lightning struck a tree in our yard about 10 feet from our house.  All persons and animals are safe but shaken.  A 32-year old tree, diameter of about 2.5 feet was blown in to a million pieces.  All sorts of electrical damage.  Was without Internet and TV for 2.5 days; talk about withdrawal.  I personally went through an anxiety reaction followed by a grief reaction (I personally had planted the tree).  However we are alive and thankful.  When upset I just think about people who have had their lives destroyed through floods and hurricanes etc. It puts things into perspective. Take care and support your local chapters.

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

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!


Feelings, Judgments, and Decisions: Towards a Neuroscience-based Model of Cognitive-Emotional Regulation

TUESDAY, October 28       
1:00PM-2:30PM (EDT)


Presented by: Thomas Collura, PhD, MSMHC, Brain Enrichment Center

This talk will describe the author's integration of recent research that provides an updated brain-based view of cognitive and emotional processing. Based on findings related to brain activation during different emotional states, it is possible to identify different roles of the left and right hemispheres in producing and regulating emotional responses. Whereas rapid, parallel processing leads to judgments related to whether situations are "bad" or "dangerous," more time-consuming sequential processing is required in order to arrive at judgments of "good" or "safe." As a result, the relative time and effort required to achieve and maintain positive versus negative affect can be analyzed in a dynamic model. It is shown that emotional states can be understood in terms of being either reactions to stimuli, or as the results of sustained intrinsic mechanisms. Implications for interventions such as counseling, medication, and bio/neurofeedback, are discussed.

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

  • Recognize EEG patterns associated with specific emotional responses and states.
  • Explain how the frontal cortex participates in the creation of emotional responses to stimuli.
  • Describe the brain locations involved in positive and negative emotional responses in normal processes.
  • Describe aberrations in normal brain processing, that can lead to abnormal emotional responses or states.
  • Explain how different interventions have differing effects on the dynamic control of emotion.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Dr. Collura is currently president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc., and clinical director of the Brain Enrichment Center, in Bedford, Ohio. He received the Ph.D. in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University in Biomedical Engineering for research on visual and auditory evoked potentials and attention. He received the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2013. He served for 8 years on the staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland, Clinic, developing computerized EEG monitoring and mapping systems. He is the founder of BrainMaster Technologies, Bedford, OH, a developer of EEG and neurofeedback systems. He has over 20 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the areas of EEG, evoked potentials, and neurofeedback. He is a past president of the ISNR, and a past president of the neurofeedback division of the AAPB. He recently chaired the IEEE standards effort on Recommended Practice for Neurofeedback Systems, whose standard was approved in 2012. 

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:

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 


INFO REQUESTED: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Training EDUCATOR SURVEY

AAPB is the main international association supporting biofeedback related professional activities. AAPB is unique in that it is a professional community of clinicians, scientists, educators and optimum performance professionals who share an interest in general biofeedback, neurofeedback and the broader areas of applied psychophysiology and mind-body science.

IF YOU ARE AN EDUCATOR: Please take a moment to share information about your program and whether it offers biofeedback or neurofeedback training as part of a pre-doctoral psychology internship or post-doctoral fellowship. Click here to access a brief survey.

If so, we strongly encourage you to connect your psychology students with AAPB and its educational opportunities. Biofeedback is a recognized subspecialty of the American Psychological Association and is an effective modality in treating mental health disorders and enhancing optimal performance. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best regards,
Mark J. Stern, MA, BCB
Doctoral Student, PhD Clinical Health Psychology 
California School of Professional Psychology
Board of Directors, Biofeedback Society of California
Student Representative, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Student Mentorship Coordinator, CSPP/Alliant 


Contact the AAPB staff at or call 303-422-8436.


Call for Nominations - AAPB Board of Directors

As a member of AAPB, you have the privilege of casting your vote in the Board of Directors election each year. We value your opinion and encourage you to share your recommendations on who should be leading your organization. 

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 2015-16 board:

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

Please click here to submit your nomination(s), and to learn more about the open positions.  You will be required to provide name(s) and email address(es). Self-nomination is encouraged. Please click here to access the guidelines for candidates and the agreement statement form.

Feel free to contact Dr. Richard Sherman, Past President and Nominating Committee Chair, if you have any questions.  

Call for Nominations - AAPB 2015 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 46th Annual Meeting on March 11-14, 2015, in Austin, Texas.

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." This award recognizes 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. Only AAPB members will be considered for this honor. 

Criteria for evaluation are:

  • Scientific importance of research discoveries
  • Mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty
  • Continued impact on the field

The recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award will be invited to give an address at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting; the date, time and topic of the presentation is to be determined by the Program Committee Chair and the award recipient.

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
2014 - Steven Baskin, PhD

Nominations must be received by December 15, 2014. Award winners will be notified in January 2015. Nominate someone you know today!


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, 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

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


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