Honor a Mentor

Honor a Mentor Through the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback


The Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB) announces the Honor a Mentor program, recognizing those faculty, mentors and advisors who have helped shape the careers of students and practitioners of biofeedback and/or who have made significant contributions to the field. Recipients will be recognized at the Foundation’s special event during the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in Seattle, WA, on Friday March 11, 2016. Any member of AAPB may nominate a recipient. 

This program is designed to recognize faculty, teachers, mentors and advisors who have made significant contributions to the field or to the careers of practitioners and researchers in the field. Funds from contributions (in the amount of $250 per nomination) are used to support student scholarships and presentations at the annual AAPB meeting as well as grants for student research. Your nomination shows your recognition and commitment to the future of AAPB.

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The Foundation (FERB) was formed in 1985 by then AAPB president Neal Miller to support research and clinical applications of research in our broadening field. The primary purpose has been to fund student scholarships leading to further demonstration of the applicability and efficacy of biofeedback techniques. 

FERB supports scientific/technical meetings on psychophysiological research, scholarship program that allows students to attend and present at the annual meeting of AAPB, award programs that recognize deserving individuals, seminars and lectures, a grant program for emerging research and studies on innovative healthcare treatment.

2016 Mentor Tributes

  • Dr. John Arena in honor of Dr. Edward B. Blanchard, Professor of Psychology

    Edward B. Blanchard, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Albany within the State University of New York.  Dr. Blanchard is the author of over 10 books and hundreds of articles and chapters on such topics as biofeedback, cognitive behavior therapy, headaches, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (both combat and motor-vehicle related), and relaxation therapy.  Dr. Blanchard is one of the founding fathers of AAPB and his seminal work on headache is largely responsible for biofeedback being widely accepted in medical practice today.  He received his Ph.D. in 1969 from Stanford University, where he worked with the famed social psychologist Albert Bandura. After holding faculty positions at the University of Georgia, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, he came to the University at Albany in 1977, where he was the Director of the Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders.

    Ed Blanchard  has been responsible for the careers of hundreds of doctoral students, including myself.  It was clear to everyone that met Ed that he loved his students, and was truly interested in their career and personal development. As a mentor, he was warm, caring, had a wonderful sense of humor (you could hear his laugh from outside the Social Sciences building!) and was able to impart to his students a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for the science and practice of psychology.  His strong emphasis on empiricism (Ed’s favorite phrases was, “the data is the data”) was instilled into his students, as was his belief that there are no shortcuts in science.  While extremely prolific, Ed never published for publication’s sake, and his research was programmatic, never haphazard. It goes without saying that my life and the lives of his other students would have been poorer without Ed Blanchard having been a guiding force.  It therefore gives me great pleasure to be able to honor a mentor as extraordinary as Dr. Edward B. Blanchard. - Dr. John Arena, in honor of his mentor, Dr. Edward B. Blanchard

2015 Mentor Tributes

  • Dr. Shari Shamsavari in honor of Dr. Eleanor Criswell, President of Hannah Somatic institute, The Novato Institute

    “It is seldom that any mentor will take a profound interest in your future work that would stay with you in your professional career on every level of your development over a 25 year span. Dr. Criswell is not only an internationally well-known professional for her work on Somatic and Biofeedback but also an incredibly powerful mentor that transcends her own image to her students by making visible what is invisible and in my related work with children supporting the benefits of diversity in our community of professionals; what we can do if our thoughts are more diverse. It is in her humble qualities with her selfless contributions that our program in Mexico succeeded. The high political profile in the professional groups in Mexico gave us the reigns to train with the making of transparency as good practice and policy. Our practice of ethics applied in the government program despite some difficult times but ultimately we prevailed. Our standards and practice remain the same for US / Mexico border states through our university of Guadalajara (CUCS) program. CEU offered for the professionals in our program.” - Dr. Shari Shamsavari, in honor of her mentor, Dr. Eleanor Criswell

2014 Mentor Tributes

  • Dr. Paul Lehrer in honor of Dr. David Shapiro, Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Medicine

    “David Shapiro is one of the first biofeedback researchers. At a time when most psychologists thought that autonomic activity could only be controlled by classical conditioning, he demonstrated operant control in a series of elegant experiments, and published some of the first papers on clinical applications. Since then, his prolific research has laid the groundwork for the entire field of applied psychophysiology. He also has been a beloved mentor to several generations of psychophysiology researchers and clinicians through his teaching at Harvard and UCLA, and has mentored the work of several leaders in our field. His manner has always been unassuming, but his standards have always been uncompromising. He always demonstrated a supportive belief in his students and their abilities, and encouraged them to follow their own paths, while providing needed help and guidance. All who have worked with him, who have been mentored by him, and who have been inspired by his pioneering research owe him a great debt of gratitude.” – Dr. Paul Lehrer, in honor of his mentor, Dr. David Shapiro


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