Saturday, March 26, 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 - 6:00pm    ‎ ‎ Registration ‎

‎8:00am – 8:45am ‎    Morning Meditation

‎7:00am – 1:00pm‎     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 - 10:00am‎        60-MINUTE BREAKOUT SESSIONS- SYMPOSIA

Teaching Breathing Biofeedback

Presented By:

  • Taylor Capozziello, PhD, BCB, BCN, CMT

SESSION SYNOPSIS: We all know that breathing biofeedback is important. Most likely you are already ‎teaching it, but are you really addressing the issue? Many times people are holding extra air in their ‎chest and tightening their muscles. They may even be able to practice 6 breaths per minute this way, ‎and perhaps their heart rate variability scores will even increase. But, are they still holding extra air in ‎their chest? There is a very good chance they are. This will be a hands on talk to help you learn as a ‎clinician what to feel and look for. We will go through the steps of different exercises to deepen their ‎understanding of what you are asking. Once people learn how to correctly use their body for breath ‎they can then apply it to a variety of different breath practices. Until then, one can only get so far.‎

  • Basic Science (All Levels)‎
  • Introductory
  • ‎90% Clinical/10% Research‎


  • How to run a breathing biofeedback session
  • How to train a person to notice when they are breathing in their chest
  • Allowing your body to move with breath and what that feels like
  • Basic anatomy of the breathing and how to use that to your advantage

TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone who is using or wanting to incorporate breathing biofeedback in their ‎practice.‎

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Breathing addresses everyone. It is often at the root of many issues ‎going on in society today. We are divided by fear, which breathing can help address over time. Of ‎course it does not solve it, but as people start to notice when they are holding their breath, they can ‎start to look at why, which leads to bigger questions and hopefully answers.


Agonism and Antagonism Among the Shoulder Muscles: An SEMG Approach

Presented By: ‎

  • Gabriel E. Sella, MD, BSC, MSc, MPH, PhD(c)‎

SESSION SYNOPSIS: Muscular agonism (synergism) and antagonism is a long standing principle of ‎muscular action. The concept is held to be true by many generations of scientist without actual proof ‎except the anatomic position of the muscles of a joint. With the advent of the SEMG functional ‎investigation of joint range of motion (ROM) it was possible to devise statistical documentation of the ‎existence of agonism and antagoinsm of the muscles of any joint. In this presentaion the author will ‎document the presence and relative values of the agonistic and antagonistic relationships of most ‎muscles of the shoulder joint.‎

  • Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
  • Intermediate
  • Clinical and Research


  • Learning of the definitions of muscular agonism (synergism) and antagonism
  • Learning to utilize SEMG dynamic studies to generate correlation coefficient statistics necessary to ‎document inter-muscular relationships
  • Learning to document the agonistic and antagonistic muscular relationships of the shoulder joint ‎through the ROM
  • Learning to utilize the knowledge above in the clinical and ergonomic fields, including athletics

TARGET AUDIENCE: All audiences are welcome, beginners, intermediate and advanced.‎

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Muscle investigators and clinicians of all cultures have learned about the ‎presence and relevance of agonism and antagonism among the muscles of any joint. This is the first ‎time that they will learn what the actual relationships are and bring the knowledge back to their ‎country and culture.‎

Oral Presentations Session 4: Neurofeedback Focus

The following 30-minute abstract presentations will be featured: 1. Differentiating ‎Neurofeedback Paradigms: The Time has Come 2. Taking Neurofeedback Research to the Next Level: ‎Lessons from Literature and Research

Differentiating Neurofeedback Paradigms: The Time has Come

Presented By: ‎

  • Judy Carlson, EdD., MSN, APRN, BCN

SESSION SYNOPSIS: The time has come to differentiate the differing paradigms of Neurofeedback ‎‎(NFB). We now have paradigms of NFB that are vastly different in approach, protocols, and ‎mechanism of action.  Although, it is clear that all paradigms have degrees of efficacy, receiving one ‎type of NFB intervention is not the same as having another and the distinction is important to clarify to ‎neurofeedback community and the public at large.   Confusion abounds when articles are published ‎without the specificity of the paradigm indicated in the title nor is the reader clear of the mechanism of ‎action of the specific type of NFB used. Those that receive NFB usually do not know the paradigm, ‎name, or type of NFB received.  There is a general perspective that all neurofeedback is the exactly the ‎same.  However, NFB has grown from the alpha-theta and early Sensory-motor rhythm paradigms to ‎the focus on comprehensive assessments and treatment of dysrhythmic patterns of brain-waves and ‎blood oxygen levels.   Now with the newest paradigm, a break away from a operant conditioning ‎model, Infra-Low frequency (ILF) NFB is more of a endogenous neuromodulation model.  Described in ‎this presentation will be different paradigms assessment techniques, focus for improvement, training ‎model, mechanism of action, therapists role, the trainee's role and the self regulation process.‎

  • Hot Topics
  • Intermediate
  • ‎100% Clinical‎


  • differentiate 5 different paradigms of neurofeedback
  • summarize the mechanisms of the predominant neurofeedback paradigms
  • recognize the therapists and trainees role in the differing neurofeedback models

TARGET AUDIENCE: Biofeedback therapists, theorists, and scientists and those interested integrative ‎health modlaities.‎

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Will be addressing the differing neurofeedback models and a new ‎cutting edge model that may change the neurofeedback operant conditioning culture and approach to ‎care.‎

Taking Neurofeedback Research to the Next Level: Lessons from Literature and Research

Presented By: ‎

  • Caitlin Tyrrell, PhD

SESSION SYNOPSIS: Neurofeedback using electroencephalography (EEG NF), and in particular infra-low ‎neurofeedback (IFL NFB), has generally demonstrated favorable outcomes, including reduction of ‎significant clinical symptoms. ILF NFB is hypothesized to increase regulatory functioning by providing ‎feedback to the brain on its present functionality that allows for self-correction through a process of ‎‎“endogenous neuromodulation” (Othmer, Othmer, Kaiser, & Putman, 2013). ILF NFB helps return the ‎brain to a baseline regulatory state of functioning that is thought to strengthen brain connectivity, ‎increase efficiency at the cellular level, and enhance functionality in the nervous system as a whole, ‎similar to the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Given the recent development of ILF NFB, data ‎have been published from clinical settings, but at present no data from large controlled trials exist to ‎support efficacy of this treatment modality. Research available on EEG NFB more broadly presents ‎intriguing data on efficacy of the intervention, and at the same time has been met with challenges that ‎make it difficult to generalize findings and lead to critiques of comments on efficacy. Some of the key ‎concerns that have been raised include: adequacy of control conditions in being able to isolate the ‎effectiveness of EEG NFB above and beyond that of a placebo effect; difficulty with double-blind ‎research designs, given the nature of the intervention; small numbers of participants and ‎heterogeneity in research design impacting statistical significance and meaningful meta-analyses;  and ‎lack of clinical diagnostic outcomes or common measure of treatment efficacy reports. The present ‎discussion will endeavor to highlight critiques of the field and offer possible solutions for the ‎consideration of future research in this area, drawing from review of EEG NFB literature as well as the ‎challenges faced by clinical researchers conducting an ongoing randomized control trial of clinical ‎efficacy of ILF NFB among veterans.‎

  • Hot Topics
  • Intermediate
  • ‎100% Research‎


  • Discuss the challenges and successes in neurofeedback research;‎
  • Describe the placebo effect and the impact it can have on clinical and research data;‎
  • Apply principles from clinical trials in other diverse areas to neurofeedback research design.‎

TARGET AUDIENCE: Researchers in the area of EEG neurofeedback or anyone interested in research on ‎EEG neurofeedback

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: My proposal will address threats to internal and external validity of ‎neurofeedback research, which directly relates to translation of the data on neurofeedback efficacy to ‎clinical application with diverse clientele.‎

10:30am - 12:00pm    ‎ ‎     90-MINUTE BREAKOUT SESSIONS - SYMPOSIA

The Use and Misuse of Montages in EEG Analysis ‎

Presented By: ‎

  • Tiff Thompson, PhD, R.EEG.T., BCN, QEEG-D, MFT

SESSION SYNOPSIS: The arrangement of EEG channels on the display, defined by the active and ‎reference electrodes, are ‎called montages. There are several montages used commonly in EEG. ‎Because EEG analysis is always relative to its ‎reference, the skilled practitioner must know how to view ‎the data via different montages to gain a clear ‎perspective on their client’s EEG. Certain pathologies ‎and abnormalities can be seen only in certain montages, and ‎neurotypical findings can be viewed ‎erroneously through the wrong montages. This lecture covers the most ‎important and widely-used ‎montages and their utility, as well as the errors and false positives they can create. ‎These findings will ‎be shown in both raw and quantitative analyses. Particular weight will be given to a common ‎error ‎that plagues the field of neurotherapy: linked ears reference contamination creating false measures of ‎‎coherence. The montages this lecture will cover includes bi-polar (transverse, longitudinal and ‎circumference), ‎common reference, average reference, Laplacian, ipsilateral mastoid, and linked ears ‎montages, revealing ‎strengths and weaknesses of each.‎

  • Basic Science
  • Introuctory
  • ‎50% Clinical/50% Research‎


  • Participants will be able to differentiate the different montages
  • Participants will be able to apply their knowledge of montages in clinical analysis
  • Participants will be able to detect errors in their analysis using montages


DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: All brains will be taken into consideration in this lecture.‎


Infraslow Neurofeedback for Affective Disorders

Presented By: ‎
•    Tyson Michael Perez, DC‎
•    Mark Smith, LCSW BCN QEEGD

SESSION SYNOPSIS: Infraslow frequencies (ISF) have been associated with autonomic response ‎since Nina Aladjalova (1957) associated ISF with the reparative parasympathetic response in wounded ‎animals over sixty years ago. Since that time, research has demonstrated that ISF determines the ‎excitability cycle of faster frequencies, is central to the establishment of large scale behavior networks, ‎and can be exploited in neurofeedback to shift clients along the autonomic continuum (Balt 2020, ‎Leong 2018). The first portion of this talk will present the foundational behavioral and neurofeedback ‎research that supports a theoretical construct that includes the Central Autonomic Network (CAN) and ‎Triple Network Theories (TNT). This theoretical lens has developed within the collaboration between ‎the ISF neurofeedback community and Dr. Dirk De Ridder’s Lab at Otago University in New Zealand. ‎This collaboration has led to the targeting of the cortical hubs of autonomic response within ‎behavioral networks to address a host of mental and physiological diseases. Further this lens has led ‎us to the question of whether the activation within or connectivity between the triple networks is ‎responsible for a large portion of the mental health disorders currently siloed within diagnostic ‎categories. To clarify these suppositions, Tyson Perez has established the ISAD research project. ISF ‎sLORETA Neurofeedback targets of parasympathetic and sympathetic control in the Salience Network ‎and the Default Mode Network were chosen to study.  Tyson will discuss the protocol and preliminary ‎results of his multi-arm, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial investigating the effects of ‎infraslow fluctuation neurofeedback (ISF-NFB) in the treatment of internalizing disorders (IDs).  In ‎addition, we will be discussing the results from the dose-response (i.e 6 vs 12 sessions) phase of our ‎trial.  This is the first ever trial looking at the potential clinical and neurophysiological impact of source-‎localized (sLORETA) ISF-NFB in IDs.  Primary outcomes include transdiagnostic self-reports (IDAS-II, ‎MEDI, HADS) and EEG (activity and connectivity) modulation.‎

•    Hot Topics
•    Intermediate
•    ‎60% Clinical/40% Research‎

•    Ascertain if genuine ISF-NFB is more effective than sham in ID populations
•    Ascertain if outcomes from genuine ISF-NFB shows a dose-response relationship in ID ‎populations
•    The student will be able to predict ROIs within cortex associated with symptom presentation.‎
•    Describe large scale behavioral networks impact on psychopathology
•    Apply neurofeedback to improve outcomes in internalizing disorders

TARGET AUDIENCE: Clinicians, Researchers, Patients

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The current trial enrolls participants from varying racial and ‎ethnic backgrounds including Maori/Pasifika who are disproportionately affected by IDs

Tyson attained a BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Psychology/Kinesiology from the University of ‎Victoria, BC, Canada) and ‎then went on get a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) from Southern ‎California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS). ‎Following graduation, he worked as a ‎clinical professor at SCUHS before opening a private practice in Southern ‎California where he ‎practiced for 10 years.  He then moved to New Zealand where I did an Honors (BSc Hons) in ‎‎Neuroscience at the University of Otago and is currently a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at ‎Dirk De Ridder’s lab at ‎the University of Otago studying internalizing disorders, resting-state ‎brain networks, and EEG-neurofeedback. ‎

Mark is an LCSW with a degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His early career ‎was ‎established as the provider of clinical services to nurses, doctors, and staff of NYU Medical ‎Center and ‎Downtown Hospital in New York City. Mark is a leading developer, teacher, and ‎clinician of ‎neurofeedback interventions for a variety of disorders. He is the developer of ‎Infraslow neurofeedback and ‎an early adopter and developer of Zscore and sLORETA training, ‎all now primary interventions in ‎neurotherapy. Mark has taught neurofeedback and QEEG on ‎five continents and continues to educate and ‎train neurofeedback providers in international ‎workshops and conferences. He was the founder and Clinical ‎Supervisor of The Child School's ‎Neurofeedback Program in New York City. He is the founder and Clinical ‎Director of ‎Neurofeedback Services of New York. He has published research and clinical reports in the ‎‎peer-reviewed literature, and also chapters in books on neurofeedback.‎



Pain and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback from Three Perspectives

Presented By: ‎

  • Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB
  • David Hopper, DC, OMT
  • Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB

SESSION SYNOPSIS: People experiencing chronic pain may seek help from multiple providers, from ‎physicians, to chiropractors, to mental health professionals. Each discipline addresses chronic pain in ‎their own way. Sometimes, approaches are complimentary and can easily be integrated together, and ‎other times, the patient may feel that they are getting contradictory advice and may not know what to ‎do. It is therefore imperative for providers from different disciplines to coordinate treatment and, ‎ideally, use an approach that unifies the different approaches into a cohesive integrated one. Heart ‎Rate Variability Biofeedback is one such unifying approach. Physicians, chiropractors, and mental ‎health professionals use HRV to help ameliorate symptoms of chronic pain, regulate the functioning of ‎the autonomic nervous system and improve functioning. In this symposium, the audience will have an ‎opportunity to hear from providers of each of these three disciplines on the approach they each take ‎for treating chronic pain while using HRV biofeedback as a central unifying focus.‎

  • Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
  • Introductory
  • ‎70% Clinical/30% Research‎


  • Describe ways in which physicians, chiropractors, and mental health professionals may approach ‎treatment of chronic pain
  • Discuss ways in which HRV biofeedback plays a central role in each approach
  • Integrate HRV biofeedback together with other perspectives on chronic pain into their own practice

TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of biofeedback treatment of ‎chronic pain

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: This symposium addresses chronic pain treatment from the perspective ‎of 3 different disciplines - the perspective of diversity is already built into the presentation. We will ‎specifically address cultural considerations in pain treatment.‎


Ethical Principles and Practice Standards in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback

Presented By:

  • Donald Moss, BCB, BCN, BCB-HRV, Licensed Psychologist

SESSION SYNOPSIS: This session will review legal and ethical responsibilities of biofeedback and ‎neurofeedback practitioners. Biofeedback professionals are governed in clinical practice by state ‎regulations under the relevant licensing act, professional codes of ethics for his or her home ‎profession, and the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback (9th rev., May 2016) ‎of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).  The workshop will provide an overview ‎of medical ethics and a review of the most recent AAPB/BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical ‎Principles of Biofeedback. The workshop will also review emerging standards on telemedicine for ‎behavioral health and practice standards for neurofeedback. Violation of standards and guidelines, ‎even when unintended, invites the risk of lawsuit, criminal prosecution, financial penalties, loss of ‎licensure, and expensive and stressful legal and administrative reviews.‎

  • Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
  • Introductory
  • ‎80% Clinical/20% Research‎


  • ‎Attendees will review and discuss the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of ‎Biofeedback, published by BCIA, and their interpretation for decisions in biofeedback practice.‎
  • ‎Attendees will explain conflicting jurisdictions of state laws and regulations, ‎professional codes of conduct, BCIA guidelines, and federal regulations.‎
  • ‎Attendees will review and discuss practice standards governing entry level ‎competence, continuing education requirements, and scope of practice.‎
  • Attendees will be informed about guidelines for advertising, marketing, and public statements about ‎Biofeedback and Neurofeedback.‎

TARGET AUDIENCE: Practitioners in biofeedback and neurofeedback.  This workshop provides 1.5 ‎hours of CE needed for licensure in mental health professions.‎

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The author will include discussion of both APA and BCIA guidelines on ‎multicultural awareness, cultural competencies, and diversity sensitivity.‎

Amplifying Voices: Building Influence thru Social Media for Professionals

Presented By: ‎

  • Diane Wilson, LCPC BCN
  • Christina Brown-Bocchicchio, PhD

SESSION SYNOPSIS: Whether it’s our jam or not, social media has become an important part of the ‎world of professional communications. It’s a powerful tool for amplifying the voice of our profession ‎and our own professional practices during a time when the world needs us the most. But, is it easy? ‎What are the pros and cons of having a social media presence? How do you do social media, especially ‎Twitter well and not embarrass yourself? Or, not become an Internet addict? Relevant research will be ‎shared. The story of AAPB’s new Twitter launch, beginning in September 2019 and the results of that ‎nine months later will be shared. We will also share experiences from people who contribute to and ‎frequent our AAPB page.  You will learn how people use Twitter to develop relationships for ‎mentoring, jobs, research and other professional and business development.      You will leave with ‎tips for using Twitter with greater confidence and connection and insights on the world of social media ‎professional communications. These may include how you can better keep in touch with people like ‎you are meeting at the AAPB conference without a major time or financial investment.  Together we ‎are stronger. There will be an opportunity for questions and to help shape AAPB’s program your ‎feedback.‎

  • Hot Topics
  • Introductory
  • ‎85% Clinical/15% Research‎


  • Describe three advantages for having a social media presence for your job and career.‎
  • List three tips for growing and enhancing an effective social media presence without compromising ‎your professionalism.‎
  • Identify the key signs of Internet Addiction.‎
  • Describe two strategies to keep your Internet engagement in the zone of healthy participation.‎

TARGET AUDIENCE: Scientists, therapists, academics and students. Professionals and aspiring ‎professionals interested in career development, growing their influence within private practice, clinic ‎settings, hospitals, and/or academic settings and in amplifying the voice of our profession.‎

DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: Social media can level access to influence. It helps all of us to reach out ‎and connect more easily to situations where we may be excluded or feel excluded. Teaching ‎professionals to build confidence and competence in managing their social media presence -- for ‎amplifying their voices and that of our fields -- is important.     Social media is almost universal, let's ‎become skilled at it, more connected as a profession and more capable to use it for the better good.‎

‎12:15 pm - 1:15 pm‎
Special LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION: Neurofeedback: How Your Mind can Change Your Brain OR Exitation and ‎inhibition in the Mammiallion central nervous system as it relates to NF

Presented By: ‎

  • Maurice (Barry) Sterman, PhD

SESSION SYNOPSIS: The primary voluntary functions of the brain can be summarized as attention, ‎movement, and problem solving. Using a new approach to the functional tracking of  these functions ‎with the quantitative EEG we can now identify functional states and their interactions simply and ‎efficiently. The basic evidential data supporting this conclusion will be reviewed.‎

  • Basic Science
  • Advanced
  • ‎30% Clinical/70% Research‎


  • Attendees will be able to articulate the basis of the SMR EEG rhythm, as well as understand supporting ‎research, data, and applications.‎
  • Attendees will learn about critical and relevant physiological principles of neurofeedback.‎
  • Attendees will be able to explain how SMR informs clinical neurofeedback practice.‎
  • Attendees will learn an appreciation for software characteristics essential for valid neurofeedback

TARGET AUDIENCE: Persons with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree will benefit from this advanced ‎introduction to our field. Those with graduate experience in Psychology and/or Neurobiology will ‎benefit most. Physicians will discover the solid scientific basis underlying competent neurofeedback.‎

‎12:30 - 1 pm‎


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