August 2015

AAPB Newsletter
August 2015


President's Letter

Rick Harvey, PhD
 AAPB President

Dear All,

The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) has many strong points such as a well-educated and professionally accomplished membership representing a diverse array of fields; a skilled, likeable and professional association staff; and, a dedicated and experienced board of directors.  Like all organizations, the AAPB has some opportunities for involvement.  For example, the AAPB needs people with skills that could: (1) increase public awareness about biofeedback and assist with developing and marketing access to affordable meetings, webinars and other educational resources; (2) clarify the scope of practice for those with biofeedback training; (3) encourage new members; (4) guide innovation and research in the biofeedback community; and, (5) extend and project the science of biofeedback in under-served domains such as in pediatric settings, or business settings.  The strategic plan for the 2015-2016 year includes addressing opportunities for strengthening the organization.

In the coming months please watch for calls to participate in various taskforces that will be specific and time limited.  The taskforces will form around the 2015-2016 strategic plan topics that include:

1)  Public Awareness and Marketing
We need people with content development and marketing experience willing to share information in a concise manner for:

a) Website and marketing material content aimed at several audiences

i. General public
ii. Healthcare community
iii. Athletic and artistic and other communities
iv. Students/Academic Institutions

We need people with language skills who can translate into other languages various marketing or training materials:

b) Dissemination of knowledge through Webinars and Marketing Brochures

We need people with publication editing skill.  Watch for a call for editor.

c) Publications (Magazine)

Board taskforce contact is Cynthia Kerson, (

2) Standardization
We need people with advocacy interests in defining possible licensure and scope of practice within the field of applied psychophysiology:

a) Identify curriculum and hours for proficiency, certification, credentialing and registry requirements

b) Define supervised practice for state licensing (e.g. what counts as 2000 hours of training?)

c) Standardize reporting mechanisms such as for insurance coding

d) Represent the industry of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Practitioners as a whole

Board taskforce contact is Rick Harvey, ( or Gabe Sella (

3) Membership
We need people to assist with outreach to grow and strengthen our AAPB network.

a) Membership and Volunteer Recognition

b) Engagement with state and regional Chapters (e.g.  
            Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Texas, California...)

c) Engagement with Sections (Neurofeedback, ISMA,  
            Optimal Functioning, Pediatric and Children,   

Board taskforce contact is Ethan Benore,( Mark Stern (

4) Innovation
We need people with skills in research methods and experimental design to help develop research guides for the field.

a) Standardizing data collection, analysis and reporting

b) Fostering new and emerging technology

c) Cultivating funding resources

Board taskforce contact is Tom Collura, (

5) Additional opportunities
We need people to work with colleagues collaboratively include involvement with the following topics:

a) Children/Pediatrics: contact Shari Shamsavari (

b) Business development: contact Stu Donaldson (

c) All Section/Special Interest Group development (

Please be alert to calls from other members encouraging your help making the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback even stronger.

Richard Harvey 
AAPB President 

AAPB 47th Annual Scientific Meeting - Seattle, Washington

AAPB 47th Annual Scientific Meeting 
March 9-12, 2016


The brightest minds in the biofeedback, neurofeedback and applied psychophysiology communities will be in attendance at AAPB's 47th Annual Scientific Meeting - Will you be among them?

2016 AAPB Keynote Presenters include The Gottman Institute's Dave Penner, Research Institute Brainclinics' Martijn Arns and Mensia Technologies' Chief Technology Officer, Yann Renard:

How to Make Relationships Work
By Dave Penner, PhD - Clinical Director, The Gottman Institute 
In this presentation, Dr. Penner draws upon four decades of break-through Gottman Institute research with more than 3,000 couples and dispel myths about relationships. In this presentation, Dr. Penner discusses:

      • Relationship and divorce prediction: With a three-hour assessment, Dr. John Gottman has been able to predict with over 90% accuracy, which couples will divorce, which couples will stay together happily, and which couples will stay together unhappily
      • The importance of nurturing friendship and intimacy in one's relationship
      • Understanding that a positive perspective occurs when the friendship in one's relationship is strong
      • The importance of managing conflict constructively
      • The significance of creating shared meaning - building a shared sense of purpose and finding ways to make one another's life dreams come true
      • The key ingredients for building trust, loyalty, and commitment and making love last a lifetime. Our newest research reveals the dynamics of betrayal and how to safeguard (or heal) your relationship. 

Dave Penner is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute. He is the author of the Educator's Manual for Teaching the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, which is based on years of experience teaching John Gottman's Seven Principles book. He has trained therapists in the Gottman Method in North America, Asia and Europe and is the co-developer of the Gottman Seven Principles Educator Program. In his role as the Clinical Director, Dr. Penner oversees clinical aspects of Institute, including providing consultation to Certified Gottman Therapists and clinicians in training; selecting and training consultants for clinicians pursuing certification; training and supervising video reviewers who certify therapists in the Gottman Method; overseeing quality control of new programs and products; training and supervising roving therapists at couples workshops and answering clinical questions from clinicians, researchers, the media and the public. Dave has practiced for over 30 years as an individual and couples therapist working in private practice, university, mental health and hospital settings.

First EEG Results of the iSPOT Study in Depression: EEG Alpha Asymmetry as a Gender Specific Predictor of Treatment Outcome to Sertraline and Escitalopram
By Martijn Arns, PhD, Research Institute Brainclinics, The NeuroCare Group & Utrecht University, Dept. of Experimental Psychology

Measures of alpha and theta electroencephalogram (EEG) activity often differentiate patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) from normal controls, and some evidence suggests these measures relate to overall antidepressant response. This presentation will focus on a study aimed to determine whether these measures or EEG abnormalities (epileptiform EEG and slow alpha frequency) would distinguish MDD patients from controls, whether these measures behave as overall and differential predictors of outcome to three antidepressants and to explore the effects of gender. In the international Study to Predict Optimized Treatment Response in Depression (iSPOT-D), a multi-center, international, randomized, prospective open-label trial, 1008 MDD patients were randomized to Escitalopram, Sertraline or Venlafaxine-XR and 336 controls were assessed. Treatment response was established after eight weeks and resting state EEG was assessed at baseline. Results and conclusions will be discussed.

Martijn Arns is director and researcher at Research Institute Brainclinics, involved with the NeuroCare group and is affiliated with Utrecht University, department of experimental psychology. Martijn received his PhD at Utrecht University on the topic of 'EEG-based personalized medicine for ADHD and depression' and is specialized in applying brain imaging techniques to determine the appropriate treatment for patients with ADHD and depression (personalized medicine or RDoC). He is specialized in the development and application of neuromodulation techniques such as neurofeedback in the treatment of ADHD, magnetic brain stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of depression, sleep and chronobiological aspects of ADHD and Depression. In addition, he teaches several (internationally) accredited training courses such as an 'rTMS in Depression' workshop and a 'Neurofeedback in ADHD' training course.

Brain-Computer Interfaces, State of the Art and Opportunities
By Yann Renard, MS - Chief Technology Officer, Mensia Technologies
Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) are new means of communication that allows sending commands to a computer or device directly through "thoughts", which is achieved with the detection of subjects' specific brain activity self-modulation. To do so, the user's brain activity must be analyzed and classified in real time, requiring cutting edge analysis of the brain signals to identify and model the features that relate to the intended action. Those must be extracted in a robust, reliable and reproducible way. BCI research has seen a lot of improvements in the late 10-15 years focusing not only on the neuroscience and neuromarkers aspects, but also on the signal processing, machine learning and statistical analysis of the available signals. The talk will start with an introduction and state of the art of BCI research. It will continue with an overview of how mathematics and engineering improved BCI performance. It will terminate with brief opportunities offered by BCI research for other real-time-neuroscience applications.

Yann Renard is a world expert in the real-time monitoring of brain activity. Yann joined INRIA in April 2006 as a Senior Engineer after 4 years as an engineer in Virtual Reality start-ups such as SimTeam and Ondim. During his 5 years at Inria, he was an active participant in the OpenViBE project for Brain-Computer Interfaces, both in a scientific as well as technical capacity. Back then, he designed the overall architecture of the OpenViBE software, integrated partners research and released the software to the research community. Yann is now CTO at Mensia Technologies, a French revenue generating, connected-health start-up developing groundbreaking non-invasive solutions leveraging the power of neuromodulation for the care of the Central Nervous System (CNS).

Registration will be open in November 2015. 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, scientific data and to share experiences. 

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. The call for abstract submissions is now open.

Please submit your abstracts by Monday, September 28, 2016. Each proposal will be blind peer-reviewed by biofeedback professionals. The AAPB Program Planning Committee will accept or reject abstracts based on the reviews. All submissions are blind, peer reviewed by at least  three reviewers. All reviewer conflicts of interest are vetted. You will be advised of the status of this submission in November 2016.

Join us in Seattle, an exciting urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, to attend practical workshops, hear from leading clinicians and researchers, and check out the latest equipment and devices that are revolutionizing the field. AAPB is devoted to education and research in this field and this meeting is a great opportunity to learn about new developments and network with biofeedback professionals from around the globe.  

March 9-12, 2016
Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way  
Seattle, Washington

Make your hotel reservation online early! 
We are pleased to offer you the group rate of
$175.00 USD
per night

AAPB Webinars

How to Increase the Impact of 
HRV Biofeedback Training
Date: September 25, 2015 
Time: 1pm Eastern/12pm Central/11am Mountain/10am Pacific
Presented by: 
Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB
Professor of Psychology Truman University

Course 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).

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 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 dates for the next offerings in the 2015/2016 AAPB Webinar Series

October 5
A Case of Voluntary Pain Control Revealed 
Using EEG and sLORETA Imaging
presented by 
Dr. Thomas Collura

October 19
Adding Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) to 
Exposure Therapy with Trauma Patients 
presented by 
Dr. Richard Gevirtz

November 6 
Professional Ethics and Standards for Biofeedback 
and Neurofeedback: An Overview Part I
presented by
Dr. Don Moss

November 13 
Professional Ethics and Standards for Biofeedback 
and Neurofeedback: An Overview Part II
presented by
Dr. Don Moss

December 1
Mindroom Sport Performance: HRV Self-regulation 
Program for Peak Performance
presented by
Dr. Pierre Beauchamp

December 10 
Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice
presented by
Dr. Paul Swingle 

January 29, 2016
Breath Training
presented by
Dr. Don Moss

February 10, 2016
Lessons from the Neuroscience of Addiction
presented by
Dr. Fred Shaffer

February 25, 2016 
presented by
Dr. Steven Baskin

March 30, 2016
NeuroField pEMF Fundamentals
presented by
Dr. Nicholas Dogris

April 7, 2016
Psychophysiologic Remodeling in Cardiovascular Disease
presented by
Dr. Christine Moravec

May 11, 2016
BCIA Biofeedback Exam Review webinar series on 
Instrumentation and A&P - PART 1
presented by
Dr. Richard Sherman

May 18, 2016
BCIA Biofeedback Exam Review webinar series on 
Instrumentation and A&P - PART 2
presented by
Dr. Richard Sherman

May 25, 2016 ­
BCIA Biofeedback Exam Review webinar series on 
Instrumentation and A&P - PART 3
presented by
Dr. Richard Sherman

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