October 2015

AAPB Newsletter
October 2015


President's Letter

Rick Harvey, PhD
 AAPB President

Dear All,

In the upcoming months leading to the 47th AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting, March 9-12, 2016 at the Marriott Waterfront in Seattle, WA, please be aware of several other educational opportunities available to you as AAPB members.

For example, there are state and regional chapter meetings, along with allied-organization meetings to attend at a discount, a robust webinar series to enroll in and, new and updated texts and recorded material to study, that will help you stay current with the latest knowledge about our field.  In the case of allied-organizations, the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research will host an annual meeting October 12-18, 2015, in Denver, CO.  In the case of state and regional chapters, meetings will be held as follows:

In case you missed them, the other state and regional chapters held meetings recently.  For example, the Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback (MSBMB) hosted a meeting October 3-4, 2015; the Biofeedback Society of Florida (BSF) hosted a meeting September 19-20, 2015; and, the Biofeedback Society of Texas hosted a meeting September 18-20, 2015.  One reason to list all of the chapter and allied organization meetings is to collect their contact information in one place.  Another reason is to invite you to visit their websites as a way to connect virtually with like-minded colleagues even though you cannot attend respective regional meetings.  A third reason to list the websites is to encourage continuing education, either through meeting attendance, or through participation in webinars or through acquisition of learning materials such as books.  For example, the AAPB website recently listed 14 upcoming webinars useful for continuing education hours.  Similarly, on October 19, the fully updated, second edition of The Neurofeedback Book will be available and  Functional Neuroanatomy  - both by Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, PhD, and offered exclusively through the AAPB website.

Independent of promoting educational opportunities  for the membership, I want to also encourage continued involvement with making the AAPB the 'best that it can be' in terms of leading the field of applied psychophysiology.  For example, the title of the WABN conference is "Ahead of the Wave: Transformative Technology," which reflects a future of interest in portable, wearable devices that monitor physiology (e.g. Fit-Bit), as well as portable, wearable devices that provide feedback (e.g. Lumo Lift).  At the same time as new 'transformative technologies' emerge, there will continue to be a need for evidence-based research studies guiding the adoption of protocols that utilize the emerging technologies.  

Please continue your involvement with the strategic plan task forces that will advance our field.  For example, the 'Innovation' task force, currently headed by incoming president, Tom Collura, focuses on development and dissemination of techniques that foster biofeedback science.  Please continue staying involved as a way of advancing the science of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Richard Harvey 
AAPB President

AAPB Webinars

AAPB 2015/16 Webinar Series


Each year, AAPB offers webinars on a range of topics devoted to the study and practice of biofeedback; involving interrelationship of  physiological systems, cognition, social and environmental parameters and health.  It is our goal to facilitate knowledge sharing between researchers, educators and clinicians in the interest of the advancement of our field and optimal health of those we serve.  This year, we have lined up an outstanding curriculum that offers something for ever one. AAPB webinars feature presentations focused on new  ideas, the latest research, technological advances, challenges and applications and provide a venue for more speculative thinking. Our   dynamic schedule of presenters and subject matter was designed with YOU in mind.  Following is a list of upcoming webinars for the remainder of 2015 and the first half of 2016. Please see below for descriptions and registration links. We hope you will join us!         

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. All webinars 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. 


Purchase 4 webinars at the AAPB member price of $276 and SAVE $138 or the non-member price of $396 and SAVE $198. Time limited opportunity. Register by December 31, 2015 for any six webinars scheduled through July 2016. Registration is now open for all offerings.  Should you be unable to attend your selection(s), we will accommodate substitutions or we will provide the recording to you (valid for APA-sponsored and BCIA  accepted CE credit).

Here's how:

ONLINE: Register and pay individually for four webinars of your choice online at www.aapb.org. Then to receive your two Free Webinars, you will click Register Now, then select Webinar Series Special as registration option, complete the registration process as normal. Confirmation will be provided upon verification of your registration.

PHONE: Call 888-477-8892 to register. 

FAX: Circle your selections and fax this form to 720-881-6102.

MAIL: Circle your selections and mail this form to AAPB, One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

Monday October 19
Adding Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) to Exposure Therapy with Trauma Patients 

Friday, November 6
Part 1: Professional Ethics and Standards for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback: An Overview

Friday, November 13
 Part 2: Professional Ethics and Standards for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback: An Overview

Tuesday, December 1
Mindroom Sport Performance: HRV Self-regulation Program for Peak Performance

Thursday, December 10
Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice

Friday, January 29
Breath Training as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy and Medical Care

Tuesday, February 10
Lessons from the Neuroscience of Addiction

Thursday, February 25
 Diagnosis and Treatment of Migraine 

Wednesday, March 30
 NeuroField pEMF Fundamentals

Thursday, April 7
Psychophysiologic Remodeling in Cardiovascular Disease

Wednesday, May 11
Part 1: BCIA Biofeedback Exam Review webinar series on Instrumentation and A&P

Wednesday, May 18
Part 2: BCIA Biofeedback Exam Review webinar series on Instrumentation and A&P

Wednesday, May 25
Part 3: BCIA Biofeedback Exam Review webinar series on Instrumentation and A&P

Friday, July 15
Making Sense: The Path to Training Optimal Performance

AAPB New Release!

The Neurofeedback Book
An Introduction to Basic Concepts 
in Applied Psychophysiology
By Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson

There have been impressive advancements in the area of applied neuroscience and brain computer interface training since The Neurofeedback Book was published, by AAPB, over a decade ago. Though a number of excellent books have been published in the interim - most of them edited texts with different contributors sharing their expertise in the field - there is still no other text that brings together in one book an overview of all information relevant to the effective practice of neurofeedback.

The long-awaited, 800-page text contains all relevant information from the first edition and includes all content in the separately sold, Functional Neuroanatomy (organized with reference to networks, lobes of the brain, 10-20 sites and Brodmann areas ) - featuring over 100 plates/illustrations.


If you are attending the ISNR Conference in Denver, Colorado on October 14-18, stop by the AAPB booth, #13, pick up your copy and visit with Dr. Michael Thompson and Dr. Lynda Thompson! 

Join AAPB or renew your AAPB dues for next year (an additional 12-months will be added to your existing membership) at any point during the ISNR Conference and receive an additional 20% off the listed price! 

AAPB Members.........................................$95.00* USD or $76.00* with 12-month renewal

AAPB Student Members............................$79.00* USD or $63.00* with 12-month renewal

Non-AAPB Members...........................................................................................$129.00* USD

* 7.5 Colorado Sale Tax rate will be applied

Special offer available through October 18 or while supplies last. To reserve your copy in advance, please complete the order from and return it as directed no later than October 13 and we will have your copy waiting for you - booth #13 at the ISNR Conference. 

If you will not be attending the ISNR Conference, the offer still stands!  Shipping and handling rates will apply. Click here to join or renew.

The Neurofeedback Book will be available for purchase at www.aapb.org on October 19. Shipping and handling rates as follows:

  • US: $15 /Add $5 for each additional book
  • International: Assessed and individually quoted based on location

Access the Order Form Here

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?

We are pleased to announce the 2016 AAPB President's Lecture, as determined by Dr. Richard Harvey.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE: Psychophysiology of Sexual Arousal and Function: State of the Field and Future Directions   
By Tierney Lorenz, PhD - Research Scientist, Kinsey Institute

Increasingly, behavioral health experts are recognizing the importance of sexual wellbeing for supporting intimate relationships, improving quality of life, and even, perhaps, improving mental and physical health. Accordingly, there is increasing interest in psychophysiological measures of sexual function for research and clinical management of sexual health. This talk will orient attendees to the current state of the field of sexual psychophysiology, introducing the most common methods for assessing sexual arousal in men and women. I will outline key theoretical and practical issues faced by sexual psychophysiologists, such as the gender differences in non-concordance between subjective and genital arousal, comparability of sexual arousal measures across sexes, integration of measures across phases of sexual response, and suggestions for improving the potential clinical utility of sexual psychophysiology.    

Dr. Tierney Lorenz is a Research Scientist at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research examines the interaction between sex and reproduction, mental and physical health in women. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, with a thesis on the use of exercise to improve sexual side effects of antidepressants.  Dr. Lorenz's other research includes the influence of sexual activity on women's immune function, the sequelae of childhood sexual abuse on adult survivors autonomic and endocrine function, and psychophsyiologic models of vaginal arousal. Dr. Lorenz's clinical specialties include promoting sexual wellbeing in survivors of sexual trauma and in women with medical illness, and treatment of reproductive mood disorders. 

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. 

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 Call for Nominations

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 2016-17 board:

  •          President-elect
  •          Member at large (1 open position)

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.

AAPB's mission is to promote and represent the science and  practice of self-regulation to enhance health and performance. It is our vision to integrate self-regulation into everyday life. Our strategic concentrations for activities are centered around 1) Public Awareness 2) Standardization 3)Membership Growth 4)Innovation.

On March 11, 2015, the AAPB Board conducted a Strategic Planning Session in Austin, TX.  Participants heard a report on statistical trends related to membership and financial
performance.  The group reviewed and discussed results from a SWOT analysis of AAPB and the psychophysiology and biofeedback industry to facilitate its assessment of the current 
industry environment.  To review a brief overview of AAPB's Strategic Plan, click here. 

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

AAPB 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award Nominate Someone You Know Today!

 The AAPB Awards Committee invites AAPB members to submit nominations for the Distinguished Scientist Award to be presented at the AAPB's 47th Annual Meeting on March 9-12, 2016, in Seattle, Washington.

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 individual 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. 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 2016 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
2015 - Estate Sokhadze, PhD

Nominations must be received by December 15, 2015. Award winners will be notified in January 2016. Nominate someone you know today!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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