Friday, March 25, 2022
PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is preliminary, tentative, and subject to change. We will live stream and record keynote presentations and select breakout sessions for virtual ONLY attendee participation. Pre-conference Workshops will be held onsite, for “in-person” only participation. Virtual Registration for the conference will be offered separately in early 2022 for those who cannot or prefer not to travel. Thank you for your patience as navigate and accommodate.
8:00am - 7:00pm Registration
8:00am – 8:30am Morning Meditation
7:00am – 9:00pm EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
8:00am - 9:00am General Attendee CONTINENTAL Breakfast
9:00am – 7:00pm AAPB SYNERGY LOUNGE
- Open all day, featuring prominent experts and AAPB-endorsed authors for open discussion, experience sharing and informal networking - and opportunity to reconnect and engage for non-CE learning. The Lounge is designed with virtual capabilities to ensure connectivity between those present at the meeting and those who can join us virtually.
9:00am - 10:15am
KEY01: Keynote Address: Strength in Numbers: HRV, Compassion, Connection
Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Human lives are always full of challenges. There is always need for better resilience and self-regulation. The last two years have been particularly challenging to human connection, typically one of the main contributors to our resilience. In this talk, we discuss some of the common denominators to resilience and self-regulation - HRV, compassion, and connection. We will discuss close physiological ties between these concepts and practical ways to integrate them into our lives in order to nurture resilience and self-regulation.
• Hot Topics
• 60% Clinical/40% Research
• Explain physiological ties between HRV, compassion, and human connection
• Discuss ways to integrate HRV and compassion practices into daily life
• Utilize HRV and compassion practices in improving self-regulation and resilience
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in learning more about the physiological ties between HRV, compassion, and connection, as well as ways to integrate practices based on these concepts into our daily lives.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: We will discuss ways in which concepts of HRV, compassion and connection apply to diverse groups.
Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and performance excellence training using biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Khazan is recognized as a pioneer in mindfulness-based biofeedback. She teaches nationally and internationally, including at institutions such as the US Navy Special Warfare, US Army Special Forces, and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan is a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), and Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), where she is currently chair elect. Dr. Khazan is the author of numerous journal articles and 2 books: Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness and Biofeedback and Mindfulness in Everyday Life: practical solutions for improving your health and performance.
10:30am - 12:00pm 90-MINUTE BREAKOUT SESSIONS - SYMPOSIA
BOS01: Photobiomodulation as Adjunct Intervention for Neurofeedback
- Lew Lim, PhD, DNM, MBA
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Neurofeedback (NFB) provides information about the brain’s rhythms and functioning in real time. Based on this, sounds, graphics or vibrations are used as rewards to train it to improve functions presented as changes in EEG rhythms (Demos, 2019). The changes are usually incremental, which could require up to 40 weeks to achieve the desired results, and which is not assured. In a similar way, photobiomodulation (PBM) of the brain can also trains brain rhythms. However, PBM achieves this very rapidly – usually in a single 20-minute session with no negative side effects (Saltmarche et al, 2017). In PBM, near infrared (NIR) light directed to the default mode network (DMN) at selected pulses could produce large brain responses (Chao, 2019). This has been suggested in studies involving dementia and acute cognitive processing. We carried out controlled studies that specifically explored neural response to 40 Hz (Gamma) (Zomorrodi et al, 2019) and 10 Hz (Alpha) directed to the DMN of healthy subjects. In the Gamma EEG study, it was found that the power spectrum and connectivity of alpha, beta and gamma increased significantly. Surprisingly, the opposite was found for the slower delta and theta bands where the power spectrum decreased with no significant change in connectivity. In the meantime, there was a global increase in inhibition which is often desirable (Zomorrodi et al, 2019). In the Alpha study, the brain responded differently – only the alpha band at around 10 Hz showed significant increase in power (Zomorrodi et al, 2020). Changes in connectivity also increased in a similar way, in the alpha. These studies tell us that the brain not only responds to PBM significantly, it does so in frequency-specific ways that are desired in NFB. These evidences suggest that PBM could be a potentially powerful adjunct to NFB practice. It also opens investigations on how PBM’s parameters can be adjusted to address psychiatric conditions and even enhance the performance of normal brains.
- Hot Topics
- 50% Clinical/50% Research
- Improve and accelerate neurofeedback outcomes
- For practitioners, clients should enjoy better satisfaction
- Have tools and techniques of transcranial photobiomodulation to improve brain functions
- Offer new options for neuro-modulation techniques
TARGET AUDIENCE: Neurofeedback researchers and practitioners, neuroscientists, neurologists, and anyone interested in improving brain functions.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The applications discussed cut across all cultures. It shows that notwithstanding cultural differences,the brain is a constant. It responds in the same way despite cultural diversity, competence and multicultural issues.
BOS03: Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback on the Brain
- Paul Lehrer, PhD
- Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB, honrary AAPB fellow
SESSION SYNOPSIS: This symposium reviews effects of heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB) on modulation of negative emotion, and presents data showing how these effects are mediated by changes in the brain. We present both original data and previous literature showing that HV biofeedback (HRVB) has widespread effects on modulating negative emotion (anger, anxiety, depression) while also improving human cognition and performance. We present evidence on neural mediation of these effects. EEG studies have shown increases in alpha and theta rhythms, with evidence for greater frontal left-right alpha assymetry suggesting greater activity in centers that modulate emotion. Evoked potential data show similar effects. We also present two fMRI studies showing that breathing at HRVB frequencies affects blood flow through the brain, particularly in pathways connecting centers where emotion is generated (amygdala and insula) and modulated (cingulate and prefrontal cortices), with some evidence for anatomical changes showing greater connectivity between these structures.
- Basic Science
- 100% Research
- Learn demonstrated emotional effects of heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB)
- Learn how HRV biofeedback affects both brain blood flow, as measured by the FMRI, and brain function as measured by EEG
- Learn about HRVB effects on specific brain centers and how it appears to produce changes in neuroanatomy
TARGET AUDIENCE: People interested in neural mediation of heart rate variability biofeedback effects
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Not directly. It is applicable to all people.
ORAL01: Oral Presentations Session 1:
The following 15 to 30-minute abstract presentations will be featured:The following 15 to 30-minute abstract presentations will be featured: Using Paced Breathing to Monitor Covid-19 Symptoms: A Pilot Study; Multimodal Stress Assessment and Training Program to Enhance Performance; Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback with Mindfulness for Military Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study; HRV Biofeedback in Healthcare Workers: A Pilot Feasibility Study; Psycho-Physiological Indicators of Biological Ageing; A Study on Invasive and Non-Invasive Biomarkers1. Breathing Is Not always in Phase with Heart Rate Variability During Resonance Frequency Breathing 2. Using Paced Breathing to Monitor Covid-19 Symptoms: A Pilot Study 2. Multimodal Stress Assessment and Training Program to Enhance Performance 4. Psycho-Physiological Indicators of Biological Ageing; A Study on Invasive and Non-Invasive Biomarkers
Using Paced Breathing to Monitor Covid-19 Symptoms: A Pilot Study
- Linda Bolin, PhD, MSN, RN, ANP, FAHA
- Amelia Saul, PhD, LRT/CTRS
- Christina Brown-Bochicchio, PhD/CTRS
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Currently, little is known about how COVID-19 impacts physical and mental health while recovering at home. The clinical trajectory of COVID-19 is variable. Those manifesting significant respiratory function compromise are admitted to the hospital. There are no means to monitor COVID-19 patients’ cardiovascular risk, physical changes, or symptoms when quarantined at home. This study examines the efficacy of a telehealth monitoring system using heart rate variability (HRV) and paced breathing to monitor/manage physiological and psychological symptoms. This pilot study is a quasi-experimental repeated measures design examining the differences in HRV and oxygen saturation (SpO2) over the two-week intervention period. Seven participants aged 41 ± 17.8, 71% female (n = 5), 86% Caucasian (n = 6) were asked to practice paced breathing (6 breaths per minute) for 10 minutes, twice a day for 14 days. Participants used a HRV sensor and tablet to practice at-home. Telehealth services were provided to monitor and provide feedback to participants. The preliminary results demonstrated improvement of SpO2 within 12 days of positive diagnosis of COVID-19. In addition, participants reported minimal anxiety and shortness of breath and no increase in substance use or smoking. None of the participants were admitted to the hospital. I. Due to the clinical trajectory of COVID-19 being extremely unpredictable, a person can test positive for the virus and have no or mild symptoms and self-quarantine at home. Unfortunately, a sudden decline in the patient’s condition can occur causing a rapid cascade of events, requiring quick or even emergent interventions. Recognizing those at highest risk for early intervention could prevent cardiorespiratory injury. In addition, future research should examine HRV in those patients with COVID-19 who are still experiencing symptoms after the 14-day self-quarantine period.
- Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
- 40% Clinical/60% Research
- Identify three ways Covid-19 may affect physiological functioning
- Describe a piloted protocol to help monitor Covid-19 symptoms
- Summarize the presented protocol for potential application in attendees own environment
TARGET AUDIENCE: The target audience for this session can be any practitioner who is interested in learning more about the effects of Covid-19 on HRV. In addition, the session is appropriate for all attendees including students.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Covid-19 has impacted all demographics, but specifically has disproportionately affected individuals of ethnic minority backgrounds and lower socioeconomic status. This presentation seeks to address the individuality of Covid-19 symptoms across all races and ethnicities.
HRV Biofeedback in Healthcare Workers: A Pilot Feasibility Study
- Janell L Mensinger, PhD, FAED
- Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
- Guy Weissinger, PhD, RN
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Eating disorders (EDs) are severe mental illnesses doubling in prevalence over the past two decades—now impacting 1 in every 13 people globally; far greater suffer from subthreshold eating problems. Methods to prevent the escalation of subthreshold problems from becoming full-blown EDs are sorely needed, especially given the lack of specialist providers to meet the current demands for ED care. Research suggests interoception—the capacity to detect and respond to signals from the body—is disrupted in those with EDs. Though there is limited evidence on the relationship between heart rate variability (HRV) and interoception, it is theoretically plausible that superior interception would predict improved vagal tone. Data on HRV and disordered eating/EDs are mixed and sometimes paradoxical, thus marking an area that is ripe for research advancement. HRV biofeedback could be a potential method for both ED prevention and enhancing stress management in individuals with disordered eating. The present study seeks to begin addressing this gap with a feasibility trial aiming to test a preliminary conceptual model by examining the acceptability and potential efficacy of HRV biofeedback for healthcare workers reporting disordered eating. Beginning in June/July, we will recruit 28 eligible participants via email from a registry of healthcare providers enrolled in an ongoing study of the health effects of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study overview and consent to enroll will occur via Zoom. Online questionnaires at baseline, midpoint, and post-intervention will provide measurements of the constructs for testing the conceptual model. Participants will be registered in an app that records daily HRV readings, trends, and biofeedback practice in an online dashboard for study personnel to follow. Weekly check-ins with participants will discuss progress, barriers and facilitators of using HRV biofeedback. Generalized estimating equations will be applied to analyze changes in outcomes and potential mechanisms of effects.
- Basic Science (All Levels)
- 20% Clinical/80% Research
- Describe the study protocol to test the feasibility of implementing an HRV biofeedback intervention in healthcare providers with disordered eating
- Summarize three hypothesized mechanisms by which HRV biofeedback potentially improves disordered eating and self-care in healthcare providers
- Discuss barriers, facilitators, and the general experience of using HRV biofeedback for healthcare providers
- Demonstrate preliminary results (if available) of pre-to-post change in HRV, perceptions of stress, disordered eating, and self-care behaviors
TARGET AUDIENCE: This is a talk that will likely appeal to both researchers and clinicians. While the primary purpose is to describe the protocol of the feasibility study, I will also present the conceptual model, the early results, and discuss the successes and barriers to using HRV biofeedback in this population.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: While the proposal is not DIRECTLY addressing issues of cultural diversity, it is important to say, like all of my research, given the constructs measured (e.g., body appreciation, intuitive eating, self-compassion) this study is conducted from a weight-inclusive care lens (Tylka et al., 2014). Weight-inclusive care is a social justice-oriented framework that recognizes systems of oppression and the marginalization of certain bodies and identities in our culture, including racial and ethnic minorities. Moreover, it is a framework that appreciates the intersectional nature of systemic and institutionalized oppression and thereby underscores matters of health equity and access to care for all. The model views health as multi-dimensional and grounded in socio-cultural processes (ie, social determinants are central factors to health outcomes). While upholding this broader social justice lens, 'weight-inclusive care' specifically supports the health of people across the weight spectrum by seeking to end the stigmatization of weight-related health problems, weight-related discrimination, bias, and iatrogenic practices within healthcare and other health-related industries. Tylka, T. L., Annunziato, R. A., Burgard, D., Daníelsdóttir, S., Shuman, E., Davis, C., & Calogero, R. M. (2014). The weight-inclusive versus weight-normative approach to health: evaluating the evidence for prioritizing well-being over weight loss. Journal of Obesity, 2014, 983495. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/983495
Multimodal Stress Assessment and Training Program to Enhance Performance
- Dejan Stankovic, Ed.D, BCB
SESSION SYNOPSIS: People approach performance challenges with technique practice and content study often overlooking the profound impact stress can have on outcomes. The use of stress management techniques as an adjunct to study and practice can substantially enhance performance. Here we report several years of evolving work using an innovative multi-modal stress management approach in over 80 participants. In the first of eight sessions a multimodal stress profile using galvanic skin response, heart rate, skin temperature, and respiration was used to identify one highly impacted physiological response. Next the participant was taken through a multimodal stress management profile trialing various mindfulness-based techniques. That technique having the greatest impact on the initial and consistently reaffirmed stress response was then used for training in the remaining sessions. Training was thus individualized and, through the practitioner, also task-specific. This self-selected diverse cohort enhanced performance across assorted activities. The group included students, athletes, musicians, and workers. Our program continually advanced with serial modifications and progressive automation. In 2019 we first formalized evaluation with a questionnaire sent to 50 participants from the latest five years of our program. Forty-three responded. Substantial satisfaction was confirmed by high Net Promoter Scores with no detractors and this considerable response rate. Twelve of the forty-three participants who replied were students aiming to enhance standard test performance. These were able and well-prepared individuals whose unrepresentative scores had plateaued on repeat tests prior to entering our program. All expressed satisfaction and post-program standardized SAT and ACT scores rose, on average, 56% from pre-program scores. These results show that this innovative multimodal approach can accurately measure stress, and accurately identify and implement a uniquely impactful mindfulness training technique for each participant, which can then result in improved performance on standardized testing. Furthermore, this post hoc subset analysis in the setting of universally high satisfaction scores among the remaining participants supports program success in the other groups.
- Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
- 100% Research
- Design and analyze an individualized stress profile and stress management profile;
- Compute and select the most effective mindfulness technique for each participant;
- Plan and utilize training sessions from the profiles to manage stress and enhance performance;
- Explain a subset of outcome results, that will demonstrate the efficacy of the training
TARGET AUDIENCE: The people that should attend: -Educators, Clinicians, Coaches and Trainers interested in Enhancing Performance using Biofeedback. Interested in Mindfulness as a performance enhancement techinque. -Educators, Clinicians, or Assistants interested in stress management and enhancing performance. In addition, use the tecnhiques presented with of their patients, users or students.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Stress is universal and can affect anyone. The work that I proposed has been done with 80 participants that range from different backgrounds, different cultures and different economic status. The ability to share my work with the conference attendees would inform them of the ability to use biofeedback and mindfulness to help manage stress and enhance performance that is applicable to everyone.
Psycho-Physiological Indicators of Biological Ageing; A Study on Invasive and Non-Invasive Biomarkers
- Sadaf Ahmed, PhD
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Since the phenomenon of ageing is multi-causal, a single indicator alone cannot predict biological ageing. The objective of our study was to evaluate various invasive & noninvasive psycho-physiological indicators in healthy subjects of Karachi & to find their correlates. This study was in line with UN SDG 2030 plan; Goal 3.D ―strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risk. In a cross-sectional study, 412 subjects of both genders who fulfilled our inclusion criteria were studied for Physical Performance Test, Cognitive Impairment Test, verbal fluency test, Digit symbol substitution test, Olfactory Performance, Grip Strength in relation with HbA1C, BDNF, Cortisol and IL 6. It was found that among psychophysiological (non-invasive) indicators verbal fluency, associative learning ability, olfactory performance, grip strength decreased with age. The majority of subjects were found to have weak grip strength & low olfactory performance in all age groups. While the mean serum BDNF levels also declined with age, along with the significant increase in mean cortisol, IL-6 and HbA1c in advancing age. A significant relation between characteristics including gender, education, marital status, obesity (BMI), age group, the socioeconomic class was found to be influencing several of these indicators of ageing, which highlights the impact of lifestyle on the biological ageing process. It was concluded that Physiological Indicators (invasive biochemical estimates) and Psychophysiological (non-invasive) Indicators, both were found to be significantly correlated with the process of ageing as well as highlighted the impact of chronological ageing, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle factors on the biological ageing process. These Indicators can be used as standards in diverse populations to identify accelerated biological ageing among apparently healthy individuals.
- Basic Science (All Levels)
- 10% Clinical/90% Research
- The possible association of physiological indicators about chronological age, thereby predicting accelerated biological ageing.
- The reasons of how the psychophysiological changes in the ageing individuals are the outcomes of environmental factors.
- the correlates among psycho-physiological indicators in promoting healthy biological ageing and the importance of lifestyle.
TARGET AUDIENCE: All basic and clinical researchers interested in the psychophysiological aspects of healthy ageing and wellbeing.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The study has been conducted in Karachi, which is an economic hub of Pakistan. So the participants we diversely selected and included without any gender-based biases and beliefs or long-standing religious and cultural traditions. However, the study findings are very helpful and clearly indicating the profound impact of socio-economic status on quality of ageing. This will be helpful in raising awareness among locals regarding the science of accelerated biological ageing, which otherwise stay disguised in chronological age boundaries. Suitable changes in lifestyle (much more a cultural thing in Pakistan) can then be suggested to promote healthy ageing by addressing the underlying modifiable risk factors.
12 pm - 1:30 pm
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
12 pm - 1:30 pm
Special LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION:
LL01: Biofeedback and Neuromodulation-modalities: A Personalized Approach, Applicable to a Culturally Diverse Population
- Genomary Krigbaum-Pérez, PsyD, BCB, DAAETS, FAAPB, LP
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Personalized approaches to healthcare delivery have been highlighted in the clinical and research literature. Starting in biomedicine, with personalized medicine, and evolving into a multi-factor framework that includes, genetics, brain structure/function, cognition, psychological and personal factors. Personalizing protocols in healthcare delivery take into account that psychophysiological, cultural variability exists among a diverse population of individuals, which plays a clinically significant factor in their care and recovery. In clinical work, a personalized approach, not only positively influences the prescriptive nature of the (health) intervention, but also its course and efficacy. Biofeedback and neuromodulation-modalities lend themselves to a personalized approach aligned with P4 medicine tenets; keying on customized protocols targeting individuals’ (markers) baseline functioning towards their optimal zone of functioning. To deliver personalized, customized protocols, is important to be informed on the science, modality, ethics and clinical best practices involved. Representative deidentified case samples and protocols will be presented.
- Hot Topics
- 100% Clinical
- Describe 3 key aspects of Biofeedback as a personalized approach.
- Explain differences in prescriptive-personalized protocols, in a culturally diverse population; and
- Identify 2 Biofeedback prescriptive-personalized protocols.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Those who are new in the field, clinicians or those interested in applied clinical research.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The focus of the presentation is on Biofeedback and Neuromodulation-modalities: A Personalized Approach, Applicable to a Culturally Diverse Population. The science, modality, ethics and clinical best practices involved will be discussed.
12:30 - 1 pm
1:35pm – 2:35pm 60-MINUTE BREAKOUT SESSIONS - SYMPOSIA
BOS04: Threat, Recovery & Flow: Adjusting Your HRV Set-point for Adaptation
- JP (Jack) Ginsberg, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist
- Raouf Gharbo, DO
SESSION SYNOPSIS: This presentation proposes that there are three principles controlling how the physiology of emotion regulates our adaptation to social and physical stimulation from the environment. The three principles are: 1. Energy is Finite - the first law of thermodynamics applied to the biology of living organisms. 2. Emotions are Tools - emotions are energy tools to help us adapt socially. 3. Dualism is Dynamic – autonomic physiology is not binary or linear, but rather dynamic with two independent levers. Assuming heart rate variability (HRV) parameters are pragmatic measures of parasympathetic health, then these three principles allow us to explore various categories of physiological-emotional states that the brain can interpret and apply in adaptation to the environment in countless ways. ‘Flow’ refers to spontaneous and effortless absorption in an activity, and has psycho-physiological correlates, including HRV. How flow is relevant to dealing with environmental threat and subsequent recovery by adjusting the adaptive set-point of an individual from moment to moment, in accordance with the three principles of the physiology of emotion, will be discussed.
- Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
- 70% Clinical/30% Research
- Design/methodology for examining the effects of Mindfulness Biofeedback on selective attention.
- Compare traditional EDA/equipment with new FDA approved equipment at the wrist site
- Understand EDA Mindfulness Biofeedback through the theoretical lens of reappraisal process of emotion regulation
- Be able to explain the differences between effectiveness of MB on attention an how the mediator influences the results
TARGET AUDIENCE: Researchers, Clinicians
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Suggestions for future studies to include the current design that is used for scholar athletes, to different group
BOS06: Alpha the Brain Barometer -The Role of Alpha in Determining Brain Health: Emergent Models & Markers of Brain Deregulation, Disorganization, Standard and Optimal Function
- Mari Swingle, PhD Clin Psych
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Alpha has long been established as a marker for brain efficiency... and inefficiency. 10/20 location, amplitude and comparative ratios are often analyzed and fine tuned or otherwise re-trained in the treatment of depression, PTSD, educational difficulties/ADHD, addiction, and fine tuned for the release of creative process, peak and optimal performance. Clinical research is now showing the emergence of new patterns of Alpha. Morphology often ignored and misinterpreted as artifact may indeed be large amplitude Alpha. Previously, these Alpha patterns were only seen in specific seizure disorders and with excessive marijuana use/abuse. These atypical patterns are now being seen in in concussed patients (Donaldson, 2019) and clients with excessive interactive screen use/addiction (Swingle, M. 2012/3). It is possible that this specific large amplitude Alpha deregulation is not ailment specific but rather a signal of extreme brain deregulation. This presentation will explore the role of Alpha in excellence (optimal functioning & peak performance) through to known deregulation and intervention followed by a series of case studies exploring high Alpha amplitude deregulation, implications for further study, and treatment.
- Hot Topics
- 50% Clinical/50% Research
- Explore the multidimensional aspects of Alpha throughout the brain
- Learn 'traditional' markers of Alpha in excellence/peak & optimal performance
- learn 'traditional 'markers of Alpha in brain inefficiency e.g., ADHD, PTSD,
- Identify Alpha patters associated with disorganization
TARGET AUDIENCE: Neurotherapists and clinicians interested in training optimal brain function. Neurotherapists and clinicians interested in addressing brain deregulation due to multiple causes.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: This proposal will not separately address the above issues rather they are inherent in the understanding of presenting clients issues --as such they will be discussed in tandem.
BOS07: Bringing Results Home: Using Portable Neurofeedback and Virtual Reality Devices to Improve Patient Treatment Adherence
- Robert Reiner, PhD, BCB, BCN, Psychologist
- Heather Davidson, PsyD, BCN
- Scott Lloyd, PhD, BCB, BCN
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Technology has evolved over the last 30 years in clinical practice. Dr. Reiner and his team have been at the forefront of this evolution and have been integral in adapting principles of learning theory from the behaviorists to include new technology such as biofeedback, neurofeedback, virtual reality, magnetic and photic stimulation. This combined approach has provided patients with great capacity to regulate a variety of common psychological complaints from depression to anxiety with greater speed and efficiency. qEEG brain mapping has given us a tremendous ability to provide insight for patients into their psychological issues with a higher degree of specificity. We have all been amazed by the results seen by committed patients who complete a full course of neurofeedback training in the office. But with 20-40 sessions on average necessary to maintain gains with training 2 to 3 times per week in the office this perceived cost and time expenditure can seem daunting for many. Using a modified muse headset powered by Myndlift neurofeedback software paired with an external electrode now neurofeedback can be done remotely. Similarly, Phobic anxiety is best treated by exposure therapy, but clients balk at the thought of going into an elevator or plane. Virtual reality is an immersive and portable solution. Powered by mobile phones and controlled via an online web platform the clinician can now reach beyond the limits of the office and help provide the consistency necessary for real change. In our cutting edge presentation we will take aspiring clinicians through case presentations, protocols and hands-on demonstrations with the latest tech.
- Hot Topics
- 70% Clinical/30% Research
- Summarize history of learning theory and evolution of technology in the treatment of phobias
- Utilize common protocols for treating adults and children using bio, neurofeedback, virtual reality and photobiomodulation.
- Practice how to translate data obtained in the lab to deploy in home training devices
TARGET AUDIENCE: Those looking to attend should have a strong interest in learning about and using technology in clinical practice. They should have a basic knowledge of psychological disorders and conditions and common cognitive and behavioral treatment practices.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The presenters will provide support for attendees in adapting their practices to include technology with a variety of options depending on cultural context, economic resources and different physical and mental strengths and challenges.