April 2015

AAPB Newsletter
April 2015


President's Letter

Rick Harvey, PhD
 AAPB President

Dear Fellow AAPB Members,

It is a great honor and privilege for me to assume the role of President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

AAPB cultivates and motivates thought leadership in research and then translates to practice the integration of self-regulation into everyday life, whether to improve health or improve performance.  This year, I will head a board of thought leaders who convene to set society policy and serve as an authoritative resource for the membership as well as other scientific associations related to self-regulation, applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.

Following a two-day Board meeting held at the 46th Annual Conference in Austin, Texas and with numerous stakeholders, AAPB leadership has developed a new mission statement and strategic plan. Approved at the recent board of directors meeting in Austin, Texas, the new mission statement reflects the organization's updated focus:

"To represent and promote the science and practice of self-regulation to enhance health and performance."

To accomplish the vision set forth in the updated mission statement, the current AAPB strategic plan identifies four goals to guide multiple facets of AAPB operations as well as guide task-force activities such as:

  • Raising Public Awareness
  • Setting Standards of Research and Practice
  • Attracting and Retaining New Members
  • Fostering Innovation

We need your help.  Implementing the strategic plan means seeking additional member volunteers to assist in carrying us forward.  Becoming involved with AAPB affords you the opportunity to grow professionally and gain an even broader perspective on our field.  Additionally, helping the taskforces complete their goals is one of the best ways to strengthen ties within our profession as well as extend your support network, exposing you to people with common interests and resources.

Those who have steered the Association to its current status deserve acknowledgement for their contributions. Whereas many people have contributed to the ongoing success of the organization, there are far too many people to mention here by name.  Nonetheless I must recognize the outstanding contributions of the now immediate past president, Stu Donaldson as well as outgoing board members:

  • Rich Sherman
  • Eliza Bigham
  • Jeff Bolek

I am pleased to welcome our new Board members, all of whom were inducted at the AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin on March 14 and contributed significantly to the development of our new strategic focus:

  • Tom Collura, President-Elect
  • Ethan Benore, Member-at-large
  • Fred Shaffer, Treasurer
  • Patrick Steffen, Member-at-large

The Board and I welcome your questions and your suggestions to further the mission of AAPB and the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback. When you have ideas we should consider, please send them to info@aapb.org.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President of the AAPB Board of Directors.  The Board and I are dedicated to supporting the needs of our members to the best of our abilities, and with your help, we believe it is going to be an amazing year!

Richard Harvey 
AAPB President

AAPB 46th Annual Scientific Meeting


AAPB 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting - 
It's a Wrap!

AAPB would like to thank all who attended the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting: The Many Faces of Biofeedback, held in Austin, Texas last month. The meeting featured a plethora of education on new and time-tested psychophysiology and biofeedback methods to improve health, evoke human potential and achieve results. We enjoyed meeting with you, hearing your presentations and visiting with you at the various functions throughout that week; we hope that your time at the conference was stimulating and rewarding. 

We would especially like to thank our sponsors, exhibitors and presenters - without whom our conference is not possible. Special thanks, as well, to Howard Hall and Dennis Romig, AAPB Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs, and to their team for producing an outstanding educational event.

And last, but not least, THANK YOU to each and every one of our members who attended. Your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together productive and meaningful. Thank you for your comments and suggestions (keep them coming!) on the evaluations and we assure you that each will be given consideration so that future conferences will be even more successful.

The Annual Meeting is the largest in-person gathering of AAPB members. The goal of the AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting is to bring clinicians, researchers, academics, students and professionals involved with Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology together to exchange information, ideas, and scientific data, and to share experiences.

We hope you will save the dates and join us next year in Seattle, Washington, March 9-13, 2016!

Meeting Highlights

2015 Award Recognition 
AAPB and FERB recognize the hard work and successes achieved by biofeedback/neurofeedback professionals by bestowing annual awards and scholarships at its annual meeting. At its 2015 Annual Meeting, AAPB recognized the following for their accomplishments:

Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Jeffrey E. Bolek, PhD
Motor Control Restoration LLC

Volunteer of the Year Award 
Mark Stern
AAPB Student Board Representative 

Award of Excellence
Northeastern Regional Biofeedback Society 
Dr. Mitch and Mrs. Angelika Sadar

Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) 
2015 Early Career Impact Award 
Mari Swingle, PhD

Presidential Recognition Award
David L. Stumph and Michelle Cunningham
AAPB Management Team, Kellen Company

Public Awareness  
Our immediate Past President, Dr. Stuart Donaldson, shared a very important video with conference attendees during his opening remarks. The video,
Nadine's Story: Biofeedback Therapy for the Treatment of Cerebral Palsy and Concussions, is a WORLD CLASS example of how to best promote biofeedback treatment to the general public. Patient testimonials and authentic success stories, like this one, need to be told more often and shared widely. AAPB will be increasing its emphasis on public awareness as part of its multi-year strategic plan.  Please share your patient/client success stories with us at info@aapb.org.  Special thanks to Dr. Donaldson for sharing his expertise and talent with AAPB in this capacity and also for his excellent leadership throughout his term.

AAPB Book Faire and Student Support
The AAPB 2015 Book Faire was a wonderful success with sell-outs in all categories! AAPB will continue to offer the book faire as a service to its members and to support the field's authors. Watch for the announcements for 2016 and finish that book so you can bring it to the 2016 AAPB. Special thanks to Dr. Peder Fagerholm for his service in making this a reality.

If you did not have the opportunity to pick up one or all of the books in Austin, they are available online at the AAPB Store. The AAPB Store offers some 300 selections including the latest clinical and scientific literature in the form of books, monographs, and materials for practice development.

We wish to express our gratitude to an anonymous donor who sponsored (in full!) all student book orders placed on the opening day of the meeting. This contribution totaled $3150. 

Sixty-five students attended this year's meeting, many of which were funded by FERB travel scholarships. We sincerely hope that all students left the conference with renewed motivation for their studies and a sense of the wonderful community of which they are a part. We received an influx of appreciation from the students and want to share the following sentiment and thank all of you who were so welcoming and engaging to our student population:  

"Now that the dust has settled after our wonderful trip to Austin, I just wanted to say thank you for providing students with such a fruitful and beneficial conference experience. Over the years, I have heard several stories from my peers about their fantastic AAPB conference experiences. This was my first time coming and it completely exceeded my expectations. It was very motivating to meet so many great people working in our field and learn valuable presentation information." 

Christina Bochicchio
Doctoral Student
College of Allied Health Sciences
East Carolina University

Post-Conference Presentation Access
We are continually adding to the clearing house of conference presentations - with over 30 posted to date.  Visit here to see if any of the breakout sessions you have an interest in or need as reference material have been posted online. Handouts will be posted as they become available to meeting registrants only.            

  • AAPB Members - enter your username and password to access the site.
  • Non-members - email info@aapb.org to receive your login information.

Forgot your AAPB login information?  Click here.

While speakers are encouraged to provide online handouts, it is not required. It is the speaker's choice whether or not to provide them.

Remember to keep visiting the website as handouts are posted as soon as they are received.

PLEASE NOTE: Preconference workshop handouts  (where applicable and when provided to AAPB) are accessible to registered workshop attendees only. 

Available to AAPB Member and Conference Attendees only - FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Functional Neuroanatomy
By Michael Thompson, MD 
and Lynda Thompson, PhD

Organized with reference to networks, lobes of the brain,10-20 sites and Brodmann areas, this 137-page monograph features  over 100 plates/illustrations and comprises all new information as published in The Neurofeedback Book: 2nd Edition.

At present time this book is available ONLY to AAPB members and 2015 AAPB conference attendees at a very special price. We will honor a special discount through April 30, 2015 to those individuals ONLY. The book is not available on the website at this time for just that reason.

Please complete the order form to take advantage of this exclusive offer.  If you are not an AAPB member or 2015 conference this offer does not apply - the book will be available in April 30, 2015 at the full-price rate at www.aapb.org.

Not a member and want the book?  Please visit the AAPB website to become a member and I will honor the special offer.

Praise for Functional Neuroanatomy...

This review book on Functional Neuroanatomy is urgently needed and helps educate both qEEG users as well as EEG Neurofeedback practitioners. It advances the ability to link symptoms to dysregulated brain networks resulting in improved clinical outcomes in fewer sessions. Congratulations to the authors for this significant contribution!
- Robert W. Thatcher, PhD, Applied Neuroscience Inc.

It is refreshing to experience a neuroanatomy text that links in detail the various and complex functions of each Brodmann area with the anatomy of its connections with other brain areas.
 - Joel F. Lubar, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee

© copyright ADD Centres Ltd. / Biofeedback Institute of Toronto; 2015, Dr. Thompson

AAPB Webinars

Alterations in Electroencephalographic Patterns Associated with Excessive Usage of i-techologies
(e.g., gaming, social media, texting etc.)

Thursday, May 7, 2015
1:00PM-2:30PM (EDT)  


Presented by:
Mari K. Swingle, MA language Education; MA Clinical Psychology; PhD Clinical Psychology; 
Recipient of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) 2015 Early Career Impact Award 

In private practice, excessive use of i-tech (internet and all digital media) is still rarely reported at intake. For many clients however, excessive usage is central in the development and maintenance of the primary disorder or symptom for which the individual is seeking neurotherapeutic services (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, depression, CD, ODD, OCD, insomnia, memory, addiction, marital conflict, etc.). This presentation will present an overview of the phenomenon and what to look for in one's clients. Data from both 19 site QEEG and 5-site Clinical Q's of those diagnosed with Internet Addiction will be presented. Discussion will include cluster patterns, specific frequency deviations, as well as general deregulation patterns found with excessive usage of digital media.

Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required. 
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 credits  

  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • AAPB Members: $69 - $30 in savings 

Professionals who complete this webinar will gain:

  • Raise awareness of the impact of i-technologies on the brain and socio-emotional development
  • Recognize EEG patters observed in adults liable to i-addiction.
  • Recognize EEG patterns observed in children and youth associated with over consumption of i-technologies (gaming, texting, searching surfing , and social media.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Mari K. Swingle holds a MA in Language Education from the University of British Columbia (1997), and a MA and PHD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University (2013). She is a BCIA Certified Fellow and a practicing Neurotherapist since 2000. Mari Swingle works primary with children, adolescents and youth with cognitive / educational and behavioral complaints (e.g., ADHD, dyslexia, processing and output disorders, CD, ODD) and co-morbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, autism, Asperger's, Tourette's, addiction, and attachment disorders. Along with scholastic, psychosocial and psychological complaints many of the young individuals she works with are members of families with most complex dynamics. As such, she also specializes in family systems therapy including couple / parental, cultural, and generational issues. The rise in i-tech usage has directly affected her realm of practice; observably affecting clinical populations seeking psychological services for anxiety, depression, learning disabilities / disorders and behavioral disorders. Accordingly (since 2005), a key area of Mari Swingle's clinical research and practice is the effect of i-tech on cognitive and socio-emotional development; including learning, play, sexuality, innovation and creativity and related quantifiable measures on the both 19 site QEEG and the 5 point Clinical Q.

Continuing Education Credits: 
Psychologists: 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.

Save the Date: 
September 23, 2015
How to Increase the Impact of 
HRV Biofeedback Training

Presented by: 
Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB
Professor of Psychology Truman University

SESSION DESCRIPTION:  This webinar provides practical techniques for increasing the impact of HRV biofeedback. First, we will focus on how to recognize dysfunctional breathing and how these behaviors can threaten training success. Second, we will describe a streamlined technique for measuring your clients' resonance frequency and how to choose between competing breathing rates. Third, we will explain how to select the best inhalation-to-exhalation ratio for your clients. Fourth, we will describe how to structure effective HRV biofeedback training sessions. Finally, we will survey effective home practice assignments to help your clients gain maximum benefit from HRV biofeedback training in your clinic.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB, is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman's Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Doris and Walker Allen Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He is a co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.). He is a consulting editor for Biofeedback and contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart rate variability biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is a Senior Fellow in Biofeedback and is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Registration will soon be open...

Call for Presenters: AAPB Webinar Program

Present an AAPB Webinar and Earn $400
Through our webinar programs, AAPB provides participants with high-quality education and training without leaving the home or office. AAPB offers a broad range of programming hosted by experts to help keep participants up-to-date on the latest research, clinical applications, trends, best practices, hot topics and subjects of special interest in the arena of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback (neurofeedback, optimal performance, HRV).

Participants gain insight and knowledge to help them take their careers to the next level, while gaining valuable APA/BCIA continuing education credits. We invite you to be a part of this education initiative, giving our members the knowledge and skills they need to elevate the science and practice of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.

We invite you to submit a proposal to conduct a webinar presentation. Interested parties should complete this form and return it to Michelle Cunningham at  mcunningham@kellencompany.com. Contact information for each speaker must be provided. Each presenter must be available on a mutually agreed upon presentation date. Once submitted, your programming idea will be forwarded to AAPB's Webinar Team for consideration. AAPB will notify you of acceptance.

We look forward to reviewing your submission, and will contact you if your topic has been chosen!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a webinar? A webinar is a virtual program presented live on the Internet using a PowerPoint presentation for the visual part and a land-line telephone connection to provide a high quality audio portion (a cell phone does not have good enough audio for a webinar). Webinars are also recorded, archived, and made available for purchase.

How long does a webinar last? AAPB offers 60 and 90-minute webinars. For a 60-minute program, presenters should prepare for 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for question and answer segments. For a 90-minute program, presenters should prepare 75 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for question and answer segments. (Note: Questions can be received through the platform chat box).

What are the presenter's responsibilities?

1. Complete the "AAPB Webinar Presenter" form, inclusive of required exam questions.

2. Provide a PowerPoint presentation to be used for the visual part of the webinar, as well as speaker biographies and photos. These must be submitted no later than two (2) months in advance of the program.

3. Locate a quiet room, a computer with Internet capabilities, a landline phone connection, and a headset to present the webinar.

4. Participate in training in advance of the webinar to review how the presenter will use the capabilities of the webinar platform, how presenter might poll the audience with a question, how the webinar and presenter will be introduced by the AAPB staff member, how questions will be handled in the presentation, etc.

What does AAPB provide?

1. AAPB will provide the technology and infrastructure to produce the webinar, host the recorded webinar, and handle all e-commerce related to webinar registration and payment.

2. AAPB will track all program attendance and provide all program registrants with a confirmation e-mail and instructions on how to access the webinar. AAPB will also help respond to e-mail and telephone inquiries about the program.

3. AAPB will provide all registrants who complete the webinar with an electronic Certificate of Completion.

4. AAPB will handle all technical aspects of the webinar including training the presenter(s) on how to use the webinar platform and monitoring/assisting with the entire live webinar presentation. To assure the highest quality webinar, an AAPB staff member will formally introduce and conclude the live presentation as well as facilitate any Q&A and post-even exam dissemination.

5. Webinar presentations are given voluntarily for educational purposes. Speakers are compensated at $400 per event.

AAPB Member Direct Connect

Take Part in AAPB's Membership Recruitment Rewards Program

No one knows how beneficial AAPB membership is to the investigation and application of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback better than AAPB members. Now you can share your AAPB membership experience and get rewarded for doing so! Through its new "Direct Member Connect," program, AAPB rewards your efforts in recruiting new members.

Invite your colleagues, staff and others in your professional community to join the association dedicated to advancing the development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge about applied about the field to improve health and the quality of life through research, education and practice.

Win AAPB event and membership discounts, an iPad or other exciting rewards for each new member you recruit...

Recruit 1 to 2 new members and select:

  • $75 AAPB gift certificate redeemable for AAPB event registration or AAPB membership renewal

Recruit 3 to 4 new members and receive:

  • $100 AAPB gift certificate redeemable for AAPB event registration or AAPB membership renewal
  • Entry into prize drawing for an iPad
  • Entry into a drawing for a FREE AAPB webinar presentation

Recruit 5 or more new members and receive:

  • $150 AAPB gift certificate redeemable for AAPB event registration or AAPB membership renewal
  • Entry into prize drawing for an iPad
  • Entry into a drawing for a FREE AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting registration

Tips for Recruiting New Members

  • Invite a prospective colleague/student to attend an AAPB event to experience first-hand the professional benefits of AAPB membership.
  • Start a discussion about AAPB membership, emphasizing the benefits and value at industry networking events.
  • Share issues of AAPB's Journal, Biofeedback Magazine, E-News and other publications to attract the eyes of potential new members.
  • Forward announcements of AAPB educational events/conferences.
  • Welcome your organization's newly hired individuals; use the opportunity to discuss AAPB.
  • When discussing membership with a prospect, listen for clues as to what they look for in a professional society. Stress those member benefits that meet their needs.

Click here for more information and complete program rules.

Calendar of Events

Visit the Calendar of Events section of the 
AAPB website for more listings

APRIL 2015

BCIA Didactic Course - Neurofeedback for Beginners
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Woodbridge, VA

Whether you're looking to become familiar with neurofeedback or expand your existing knowledge, this course serves as a guide to navigating basic steps that will improve and enhance your practice. This program not only explores the use of neurofeedback software and equipment, but also brings to light current research and treatment techniques that have ensured positive changes in clients and benefited clinicians worldwide. It is also the only course that introduces database guidance and live Z-score training! Practitioners seeking BCIA certification can also earn up to 36 credit hours if they attend the full course!



Lisa Mrklas 

Biofeedback Certification Program  
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Sunday, April 12, 2015
San Rafael, CA

This course is planned to provide the accredited 48 hours for BCIA didactic. It will cover instrumentation and train on state of the art equipment. It is a 4-day 30.5 hour F2F course with 18 hours of self-paced pre-course learning. It is highly recommended that the 18 hours are taken within the 30 days prior to the F2F instruction. The full course covers treatment protocols, history of biofeedback and operant conditioning, ethical considerations and basic psychophysiology science. This course is essential training for anyone who wishes to incorporate applied psychophysiology into his or her practice.



Cynthia Kerson 

Professional EEG Neurofeedback Certification Program
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Sunday, April 19, 2015
Hawthorne, NY

This competency based curriculum includes practical, easily learnable strategies which may be used with virtually all of the most common EEG Neurofeedback applications. Designed to give the practitioner the knowledge and tools needed in order to rapidly achieve clinical and economic success in EEG Neurofeedback, this program emphasizes those neurofeedback adjunctive applications for which there is the greatest demand, including but not limited to: ADD / ADHD / Conduct Disorder & other Learning disabilities, Autism Disorders, Substance Abuse, eating disorders and addictive behaviors, PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder, Depression, Behavioral and Stress Related Disorders, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Pain Management, Chronic Pain, headaches (Migraine and Tension), RSD, Fibromyalgia, Phantom Limb etc., Adult and childhood sleep disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke Rehabilitation, Dementia (non-Alzheimer's), Epilepsy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and MindFitness® Life / Performance Enhancement.



Harry L Campbell 

BSC's Regional Conference - Old and New Principles of Applied Psychophysiology
Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 9am-5:30pm
San Rafael, CA

This one-day conference features Jay Gunkelman, EEG expert and Saybrook Professor, discussing "The Neurophysilogical Basis of Consciousness and Healing (looking at Cross-frequency coupling and the nesting of rhythms); Dr. Rick Harvey, AAPB President and SFSU Professor, discussing "Placebo Concepts in Psychophysiology"; SFSU Professor and long-time biofeedback practitioner Dr. Erik Peper on"Old Wine in New Bottles: Revising Effective Biofeedback";Saybrook Professor and Private Clinician Dr. Cynthia Kerson on "Neurofeedabck Tips and Tricks," and newcomer entrepreneur, Mikey Siegel, from the Transformative Technology lab at Sophia University, on "Transformative Technologies." Hope to see you there. Register at 



Tiff Thompson

BCIA Didactic Course - Neurofeedback Bootcamp for Beginners
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Friday, April 24, 2015
Georgetown, TX

Whether you're looking to become familiar with neurofeedback or expand your existing knowledge, this course serves as a guide to navigating basic steps that will improve and enhance your practice. This program not only explores the use of neurofeedback software and equipment, but also brings to light current research and treatment techniques that have ensured positive changes in clients and benefited clinicians worldwide. It is also the only course that introduces database guidance and live Z-score training! Practitioners seeking BCIA certification can also earn up to 36 credit hours if they attend the full course!



Lisa Mrklas 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Thursday, April 30, 2015
Atlanta, GA

This 2-day course will provide a foundation for understanding the importance of de-artifacting and montage on outcomes, including the evaluation of drowsiness/vigilance for understanding basic brain function. This includes the impact of current modeling approaches such as phenotypes and vigilance modeling, and also the impact of these models on medication selection in psychiatry.



Cynthia Kerson 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Friday, May 1, 2015
Atlanta, GA 

This course provides the accredited 36 hours for BCIA didactic. It will cover instrumentation and train on state of the art equipment, Thought Technology Infinity and BrainMaster Atlantis. It is a 3-day F2F course with 10 hours of self-paced learning. It is highly recommended that the 10 hours are taken within the 30 days prior to the F2F instruction. The full course covers treatment protocols, history of neurotherapy and operant conditioning, ethical considerations and basic neuroscience. This course is essential training for anyone who wishes to incorporate neurotherapy into his or her practice.



Cynthia Kerson 

Visit the Calendar of Events section of the AAPB website for more listings.

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!

New additions include:

Certification Opportunities

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 re-certifies 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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