December 2015

AAPB Newsletter
December 2015


President's Letter

Rick Harvey, PhD
 AAPB President

Dear All,

Extra, extra, read all about it... The Preliminary Program for the AAPB Annual Meeting is available here. After reading the AAPB Annual Meeting Preliminary Schedule, you may conclude as I have that we can expect another outstanding line-up of events at the meeting.  This year, the planning committee included conference chairs Inna Khazan and Patrick Steffen (who is also a board member) along with other board members Tom Collura and Gabe Sella as well as in alphabetical order Rogene Eichler-West, Jay Gunkelman, Wayne Hulon, Urszula Klich and Brad Lichtenstein, with  superior support from Michelle Cunningham and  Brittney Marsuka.  The balance of topics represents carefully considered concepts relevant to a wide array of attendees.  For example, the conference theme, 'Beyond the Self in Self-Regulation' incorporates keynote and breakout sessions related to couples interactions; as well as, sexual psychophysiology; as well as, EEG, Cardio-Respiratory and other modalities of biofeedback.  Please note for those who need them, there is a total of 31.5 continuing education hours with up to 16.5 hours available during the main conference sessions and 15 hours available during the pre-conference workshops. 

Why attend the annual meeting?  Whereas curated content about applied psychophysiology and biofeedback is available from a variety of sources, it is not always available in the same way.  For example, the annual meeting provides a meaningful way to build partnerships with other attendees and deepen insights that can help when questioning or reaffirming assumptions related to any aspect of biofeedback theory and practice, from running a biofeedback business to designing a biofeedback research study.  The annual meeting provides a safe place for connecting directly with subject-matter experts willing to engage in spirited dialog.  I always return after each annual meeting energized with new information as well as from experiencing the kind of connections that results from being around like-minded individuals.  Whereas any annual meeting can be an investment of time and energy, I believe the AAPB annual conference to be among the best investments of its kind to foster innovation in the biofeedback field as well as forge alliances with fellow AAPB members.

If you are unable to attend the AAPB annual meeting, then please 'telecommute' to gain knowledge by taking advantage of the AAPB continuing education webinars.  The current brochure is available here. Also note the special offer: Purchase 4 webinars at the AAPB member price of $276 and SAVE $138 or the non-member price of $396 and SAVE $198. The offer is time limited, so register by December 31, 2015 for any six webinars scheduled through July 2016.

As a final note, please feel free to contact any of the AAPB Board members with any questions you may have, not only related to the annual meeting, but also related to advancing your biofeedback practice or engaging in any types of biofeedback education.  Here is a list of the current board members and their contact information:

Richard Harvey 
AAPB President 

AAPB 47th Annual Scientific Meeting - Seattle, Washington

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

Registration is now open for this year's AAPB Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington - March 9-12, 2016. Our dynamic schedule of presenters and subject matter categorization was designed with YOU - applied psychophysiology and biofeedback professionals - in mind. At the meeting, you will:

  • Learn effective practices, practical ideas, and innovative solutions in sessions covering hot  topics, basic science, clinical Interventions, interpersonal communications and optimal performance
  • Connect with vendor partners who offer a wealth of information on new products, services and solutions for your needs
  • Engage with professionals who share common interests

The goal of this conference is to bring clinicians, physicians, researchers and professionals involved with biofeedback and applied psychopysiology together to exchange information, ideas, scientific data and to share experiences. Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" information to the user. The presentation of this information - often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions and behavior - supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument. Hot topics in biofeedback encompass HRV, Neurofeedback, Optimal Performance.

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
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 
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
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 
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 is NOW open. 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. 


  • 20 Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, March 9 - Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED for AAPB's first ever Sheep Brain Dissection Laboratory and Prosection of the Human Brain as Structural-functional Correlates in the Neuroscience Participants will be guided stepwise through the process of dissecting a sheep brain. Concomitant with dissection of the sheep brain, the instructor, Gerald Kozlowski, will prosect a human brain to demonstrate the equivalent human brain structures and their function. Networks and systems as expressed by the various tracts and nuclei of the brain will be described by Cynthia Kerson. Jay Gunkelman will discuss a number of current concepts relative to electrophysiological and functional topics such as, the default mode network, qualitative and quantitative electroencephalography, and a number of clinical disorders.
  • Over 30 Breakout Sessions that include a variety of panels, symposia and lectures
  • Poster Abstract Viewing - A wealth of research will be exhibited onsite
  • Section  Meetings to connect you with colleagues in your specialized area of interest.
  • Exhibit Hall and Networking Receptions and a special eventbenefitting the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB)

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


Call for Board Members

The Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB) was formed in 1985 at the urging of then AAPB president, Neal Miller, PhD. He felt that the organization had a mission to continue to support research and clinical applications in our ever broadening field. A key way to do that is to encourage the interest and application of work by students which will lead to further demonstration of the efficacy of biofeedback techniques.

The mission of FERB is to promote and support education, special papers and publications, scholarships, recognition awards and research in the area of applied psychophysiology. In accordance with this mission, FERB supports:

  • Meetings to allow a public forum for the presentation of biofeedback information
  • A scholarship program to encourage attendance by qualified students at appropriate meetings and educational programs
  • Award programs to recognize the efforts of individuals who make significant contributions to the field
  • Educational seminars, lectures, demonstrations and workshops
  • Publications, including public information documents
  • Student research programs to aid in increasing or determining the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of biofeedback and related forms of treatment
  • Studies to determine the impact of innovative treatments upon healthcare in society or to evaluate studies of the effectiveness of biofeedback with clinical and community practice.

FERB is governed by a volunteer board whose members are committed to the continuation of funding scholarships and research to advance applied psychophysiology and biofeedback. The Board meets annually in conjunction with the AAPB annual meeting and through conference calls (1-2 times or as needed each year). We seek to add one or two new members each year as the terms of current members expire.

Although all of us are busy with our career and family commitments, please consider whether you might consider applying to join the FERB board. 

In the past two years FERB has funded over 40 travel scholarship to the AAPB annual meeting and six student research projects. FERB board members dedicate a modest amount of time throughout the year to developing fundraising projects/programs that support our goals, and to administering these important grant programs.

Board terms begin at the annual meeting usually held in March and are for a period of three years. The positions are voluntary and unpaid. However, there are rewards in terms of engagement, leadership, community impact, and comradery.  We seek individuals who believe in our Mission, Vision and Values, who are committed to its success and willing to commit time, energy and resources.

If you wish to apply for FERB board membership, would like further information, or would like to nominate someone else, please contact the FERB office at the address below. Please provide contact or, or if you choose, for someone you nominate. A brief application will then be sent.

In Memoriam

Dr. Rufus Frederick Baehr passed away on December 4th, 2015 at the age of 93, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.  In lieu of flowers, memorials please to Mennonite Relief Fund or North Shore Hospice, 4901 Searle Parkway, Suite 160, P.O. Box 1006, Skokie, IL 60077-8006.

Dr. Baehr was a long time member of AAPB.  He is most well known in the biofeedback and neurofeedback communities for his seminal contributions to the development of the alpha asymmetry protocol for treatment of depression, Dr. Baehr, in collaboration with co-investigators Elsa Baehr and  JP Rosenfeld contributed over a dozen papers and book chapters to the scientific literature in this area. Although it has been several years since he has been able to attend our annual conference, Dr. Baehr is remembered fondly by attendees for his warm and gentle wit, and his unflagging willingness to share his expertise with students and newcomers to the field. 

A well loved educator and master clinician, Rufus valued most his roles as devoted husband of 40 years to Elsa Baehr; loving father to children, Sonya Baehr (Thomas W. Jones) and Frederick Baehr from his marriage to Genevieve Baehr; loving step-father to Joanne Telser-Frere (Christian), Peg (John) Espie, and Liz (Georg) Georgiou; grandfather to Tom Baehr-Jones and Vanessa Baehr-Jones Stout; and step-grandfather to Charlie Dandres, Jeremy Espie and Matthew Espie. His was a life well-lived.

AAPB Webinars

AAPB 2016 Webinar Series

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 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 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.


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 Journal

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Please visit the homepage of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback for full details on:

aims and scope
editorial policy
article submission 

*Thomson-Reuters (ISI) Impact Factors (IF): 1.847

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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

Click here for more information and complete program rules.

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

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 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!


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