2022 Accepted Presenters/Bios (M-Z)



Mari Swingle, PhD Clin Psych
Dr. of Psychology


Biography: Dr. Mari Swingle (PhD & MA Clin Psych, MA Ed), practicing (neuro)therapist, researcher, ‎consultant, and author is a BCIA Senior Fellow BCIA, AAPB BOD, and winner of practice and authorship ‎awards including FABBS Early Career Impact Award for her research on technology, the brain, and ‎behavior. She works with a wide range of neurophysiological ailments including Anxiety, Depression, ‎Trauma, OCD and Addiction and is well known for her work with children and families experiencing ‎behavioral and learning difficulties (e.g., Defiance and Conduct Disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, Processing, ‎Written Output, & Speech Disorders and the family dynamics that often come with (e.g., Parental ‎Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, and Couple/Parental Dynamics). Over the years Dr. Swingle has found ‎that that many symptoms, for which clients seek psychological services, appear to be exacerbated, if ‎not caused by, excessive or otherwise inappropriate applications of interactive technologies (gaming, ‎porn consumption, social media obsession etc.). This has been the primary focus of her clinical ‎research since 2009.‎


Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Professor/Villanova University

Biography: Dr. Cantrell received a BSN from Duquesne University, an MSN (in Nursing Education) from ‎Villanova University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland. Her clinical area of expertise is ‎Parent/Child Health Nursing and Oncology Nursing. She has two programs of research. Her clinical ‎program of research focuses on advancing the care for pediatric oncology patients, across the illness ‎trajectory, with a focus on health-related quality of life. These studies have included online, mHealth ‎interventions, secondary data analyses, and qualitative investigations. Included within this body of ‎work are studies about the significance of a caring presence among pediatric oncology nurses as an ‎essential component to foster positive treatment outcomes, especially health-related quality of life ‎‎(HRQOL) for pediatric oncology patients. Her other program of research involves simulation-based ‎research among pre-licensure students to examine practice outcomes that include clinical judgment, ‎clinical reasoning, and safety.‎

Matthew Bennett, MA, MBA
President/Optimal Innovation Group

Biography: Bennett is a relentless advocate for trauma-informed care and other interventions that ‎help people and communities heal. His passion manifests in his books Connecting Paradigms, Talking ‎about Trauma & Change, Heart Rate Variability, and Trauma-Sensitive Early Education as well as his ‎Trauma-Informed Lens and Heart Rate Variability Podcasts. Matt combines his masters’ degrees in ‎psychology and business administration with his practical experience as a therapist and leader to ‎develop research-based solutions and trainings to improve the health of individuals, staff, ‎organizations, and systems.   As soon as Matt learned about HRV, he saw its life-changing potential. ‎For him, HRV became the next logical step in his work with the trauma-informed care paradigm, self-‎care, and trauma-informed leadership. After spending months trying to figure out how to help ‎integrate existing HRV technology into services, his frustration led him to create HRV specifically for ‎those trying to help others live their best life.‎

Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.‎
Optimal HRV


Maurice (Barry) Sterman, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Neurobiology & Bio-behavioral Psychology, David Geffen School of Medicine, ‎UCLA


Michael Linden, Psychologist
Director-Attention Learning Center

Biography: Michael Linden is a licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified Biofeedback and ‎Neurofeedback Therapist.  Dr. Linden has been the director of Attention Learning Centers and ‎specialized in assessment/treatment of ADD/ASD since 1982.      Dr. Linden discovered 6 subtypes of ‎Autism & 2 types of Aspergers biomarkers based on QEEG research, which has greatly improved the ‎success of Neurofeedback, Biofeedback and other biological treatments for ASD (Journal of AAPB, ‎‎2010; “QEEG Guided Neurofeedback for Autism” in the book Images in Autism, 2013). Dr. Linden’s ‎programs of Biofeedback and QEEG Guided Neurofeedback have resulted in improvements for ‎children, adolescents and adults in attention, hyperactivity, communication, socialization, behavior ‎and even seizure disorders.      His studies using QEEG and Neurofeedback have been featured in the ‎LA times, NBC Dateline, ABC News, PBS, NBC News, NBC “Autism: The Hidden Epidemic”, and CBS “The ‎Doctors”.  Dr. Linden was involved in the initial research studies of the Theta/Beta ratio with ADHD  ‎and published the first controlled study of  Neurofeedback with ADHD more than 20 years ago.  Dr. ‎Linden has presented about brain functioning and treatments for ASD/ADHD nationally at the National ‎Autism Association, TACA, CHADD & Autism One; and internationally at Peking University (China), ‎University of Madrid & the Australia Neuroscience Society.  He was involved in a multi-site study of the ‎effects of QEEG Guided Neurofeedback on connectivity measures and DTI with ASD students.‎

Nicholas Dogris, PhD, QEEG-D, BCN
CEO, NeuroField Neurotherapy

Biography: Dr. Nicholas Dogris is a psychologist who has been working in the EEG field for over 25 ‎years.  He is a licensed psychologist who runs a clinic in Santa Barbara and Bishop California.  He is ‎board certified in neurofeedback and also holds a QEEG-D certification.  Dr. Dogris was originally ‎trained in neurofeedback by Margaret Ayers in the 1990’s and would go on to learn many different ‎EEG platforms over the years.  In 2007 he co-founded NeuroField, Inc with Brad Wiitala and developed ‎the first EEG synchronized pEMF stimulation that utilized z-score data analysis and real time feedback. ‎Dr. Dogris and Brad Wiitala went on to develop many other innovations over that past 12 years ‎including synchronized tDCS/tACS/tRNS/tAPNS/pEMF in the new NeuroFiedl64 software platform.‎

Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.‎

Paul Lehrer, PhD
Rutgers RW Johnson Medical School

Biography: Dr. Lehrer has been doing research on HRV biofeedback for over 20 years, as one of a small ‎group of investigators who originated this field of study. He received his PhD degree in clinical ‎psychology from Harvard University, and has been teaching at Rutgers for 50 years, where he has ‎specialized in stress management and applied psychophysiology.through the Department of ‎Psychiatry. He is past president of AAPB, and has been given AAPB's Distinguished Scientist Award and ‎Outstanding Service Award. He has published more than 100 papers and has been senior editor of the ‎text, Principles and Practice of Stress Management.‎

Peter Behel, MA

Biography: Peter Behel is a long time biofeedback practitioner, originally becoming certified by the ‎Biofeedback Certification Institute of America in 1980. A former President of the Biofeedback Society ‎of California, Peter has for the past 39 years practiced in multiple clinical and hospital settings. He ‎began practicing in a functionally-based, rehabilitative hospital setting originally in 1986, and was later ‎a member of a behavioral medicine staff at a psychiatric hospital in 1990. He is currently involved in ‎private practice in Santa Rosa, Ca.‎

Raouf Gharbo, DO
Virginia Commonwealth University Director of Cardio & Wellness Integration

Biography: Raouf (Ron) Gharbo D.O. is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) ‎and Neuromuscular Electrophysiology and has 24 years practicing polytrauma rehabilitation and ‎integrative pain management. He was recently named Director of Cardiac & Wellness Integration at ‎Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. At VCU he serves as an authority for ‎pragmatically applying heart rate variability science using remote monitoring, wearable technology, ‎and telehealth for the VA/DoD’s Long-term Impact of Military-relevant Brain Injury ‎Consortium/Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (LIMB-CENC).  He delivered a 50th-‎anniversary Keynote presentation for the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in ‎‎2019.  He published a synopsis of his methodology, Autonomic Rehabilitation: Adapting to Change in ‎the PM&R Clinics of North America journal in 2020. In 1988 he was The Ohio State University’s top ‎male scholar-athlete and the University’s first walk-on All-American wrestler.‎

Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.‎
‎(1) Peerbridge Health (2) Medical Director Lief Therapeutics


Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB, AAPB Honorary Fellow
CSPP@Alliant International University

Biography: Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the California School of ‎Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in ‎research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and was ‎the president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006-2007. His ‎primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators ‎involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain. In this vein, ‎he has studied applications of heart rate variability biofeedback for anxiety, pain, gastrointestinal, ‎cardiac rehabilitation and other disorders.  He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on ‎these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress ‎related disorders.‎

Robert "Rusty" Turner, MD
Network Neurology Health LLC

Biography: Dr. Robert ‘Rusty’ Turner is owner of Network Neurology Health LLC, an integrative ‎neuroscience consulting ‎practice in Charleston SC.  From 2013 to early 2020, he owned Network ‎Neurology LLC, a busy clinical ‎neurology/neuromodulation practice. Dr Turner is trained in EEG and ‎clinical neurophysiology, child/adult ‎neurology, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, electrodiagnostic ‎medicine, and neurodevelopmental medicine, as ‎well as pediatrics, clinical research, biostatistics, and ‎neuroepidemiology. Dr. Turner was tenured associate ‎professor of pediatrics, neurology, and ‎biostatistics/epidemiology/bioinformatics at MUSC for 17 years, then ‎entering the fields of ‎neuroregulation/neuromodulation and neurofeedback. During his full-time tenure at MUSC, ‎he served ‎as medical director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Lab and senior faculty of the MUSC Comprehensive ‎‎Epilepsy Center.‎
As a full-time faculty member at MUSC 1997-2013, he completed the Master of Science in Clinical ‎Research ‎fellowship to pursue research interests combining music, ‎neuromodulation/neurostimulation, and ‎neuroepidemiology of TBI for persons with epilepsy, ‎neuropsychiatric disorders, and traumatic brain injury.‎

Robert Reiner, PhD, BCB, BCN, Psychologist
Director/Behavioral Associates

Biography: Dr. Reiner has been a pioneer in the NY tristate area in expanding the use of biofeedback ‎into clinical practice. He is a regular instructor in BCIA certification seminars. He has been featured on ‎local and national media outlets for his expertise in innovative virtual reality enhanced treatments for ‎Phobias and Anxiety Disorders including National Geographic, Fox and MTV. He is the founder and ‎CEO of Behavioral Associates, a large group practice focusing on utilizing biofeedback to treat a variety ‎of psychological and physical conditions ranging from Chronic Pain to Video Game Addiction. He is ‎known for integrating psychophysiological assessments with psychological and neuropsychological ‎data to tailor treatment protocols to patients.‎

Ronald J. Swatzyna, PhD, LCSW
Director of Electro-Neuro Analysis Research, The Tarnow Center

Biography: Ronald J. Swatzyna, PhD received his MSSW and PhD from The University of Texas ‎Arlington. He is the Director of Electro-Neuro Analysis Research and Director of Neurotherapy at the ‎Tarnow Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Swatzyna is a LCSW, and is board certified in neurofeedback and ‎biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). For the past 22 years, he ‎has analyzed and treated the most diagnostically challenging cases. Fifteen years ago, he started using ‎EEG and qEEG data to assist psychiatrists in medication selection and titration. As a researcher, he has ‎presented and/or published 80 peer-reviewed papers on brain dysfunction and psychotropic ‎medication at national and international conferences and now is a member of the Neuropsychiatric ‎Electrophysiology Section of the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Swatzyna is a US Air Force veteran ‎of Vietnam and the first Gulf War and, he is a retired professional firefighter-EMT.‎

Sadaf Ahmed, PhD
University of Karachi

Biography: Dr. Sadaf Ahmed has a Ph.D in Human Physiology with expertise in Psychophysiology & ‎behavioral Neurosciences. Pakistan’s pioneer to introduce Psychophysiology in various institute and ‎mental health sector,  and co- authored Pakistan’s first stress evaluating tool “Sadaf Stress Scale (SSS)”, ‎currently serving as an assistant professor at Department of Physiology, University of Karachi as well ‎as founder and CEO of Advance educational Institute & research Centre (www.aeirc-edu.com) and put ‎forward the initiative of establishing psychophysiology (psychophysiology.pk) in Pakistan. She is ‎currently working on Psychophysiological aspects of Mastectomy in Breast cancer survivors as her Post ‎Doctorate.  Representing Pakistan academic and health sector globally with her sections as trainer ‎internationally as well as executive members of many scientific organization across the globe. She won ‎various grant awards including from HEC, IBRO, Microsoft, Govt. of Sindh etc. Author of two full books ‎and numerous manuals along with a list of significant research papers. A mystic writer and well-known ‎public speaker related to mental health, gender inequalities, Health and wellbeing, Build up a great ‎team in the last 18 years and promoting the necessary workup require in respective field along with ‎finding the gaps and connecting the dots, with a laser focus on raising responsiveness and gather like-‎minded people for facilitating the ideas to support the victims, survivors, emotional and psychological ‎damage and exclusion.‎

Scott Lloyd, PhD, BCB, BCN
Director of Therapeutic Technology

Biography: Dr. Lloyd has expanded the use of technology at Behavioral Associates. Helping to create a ‎network of treatment suites equipped with bio and neurofeedback and virtual reality capabilities. A ‎veteran presenter, he has a knack for making technology approachable and relatable for people of ‎various skill levels.‎

Taylor Capozziello, PhD, BCB, BCN, CMT
Elite Physiology

Biography: Taylor Capozziello has her PhD in Psychology, specialization in Psychophysiology. For 18 ‎years she was a massage therapist and won Best of the Bay for two years in a row prior to converting ‎her practice into her company, Elite Physiology, which incorporates neuromodulation and ‎biofeedback. Her dissertation examined the effect of hip angle and center of gravity changing on ‎breathing. Other topics of study include studying qEEGs to explore how testosterone, when taken as a ‎supplement for gender identification reasons, changes the brain’s presentation.  She is also Vice ‎President of San Francisco Beekeepers Association and keeps bees at her home in San Francisco. The ‎study of bees and brains overlap quite a bit and is a fascinating area of research that she enjoys ‎learning about in her pastime.‎

Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.‎
I have my practice and am the owner of Elite Physiology
Elite Physiology teaches breathing biofeedback

Tiff Thompson, PhD, R.EEG.T., BCN, QEEG-D, MFT
CEO, Neurofield Neurotherapy & CEO, School of Neurotherapy

Biography: Tiff is a board certified neurotherapist, licensed psychotherapist, and Quantitative EEG ‎‎Diplomate who owns and runs a neurotherapy clinic in Santa Barbara. She is a Registered EEG ‎‎Technician, a medical credential bestowed by the American Society of Neurodiagnostic ‎Technicians. ‎She has worked in both neurology clinics and clinical settings, and has taught ‎courses in Public ‎Speaking, as well as argumentation and Debate at the University of Maryland. ‎Tiff has served as the ‎Executive Director of the Western Association of Biofeedback and ‎Neuroscience (formerly Biofeedback ‎Society of California). She holds two Master’s degrees, as ‎well as a PhD in Psychology; her dissertation ‎was on the intersection between ‎electroencephalography (EEG) and the psychodynamic model of the ‎psyche. Tiff is the CEO and ‎Founder of the School of Neurotherapy, an online and live education ‎platform that hosts QEEG-D ‎didactic training, EEG courses neuromodulation training, and soon-to-‎come BCIA didactic ‎training. ‎

Wesley Sime, PhD, MPH
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Emeritus

Biography: Dr. Wes Sime is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant on the Registry of the USOC.  ‎He is a licensed ‎psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  He was a ‎founding member of BCIA and ‎helped develop the Stress Management Certification program, now a ‎special interest group of AAPB, previously the ‎International Stress and Tension Control Association.  ‎He was a medical consultant for the Army Center for Enhanced ‎Performance.  His clients include elite ‎athletes, physicians, CEO's and veterans with PTSD.   His methods include ‎biofeedback, progressive ‎relaxation, sensory awareness relaxation training, EMDR and Pace Assisted Dissociation ‎Association.‎

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