2022 Accepted Presenters/Bios (A-L)
Amelia Saul, PhD, LRT/CTRS
East Carolina University
Biography: Amelia D. Saul, PhD, LRT/CTRS recently graduated from East Carolina University with her PhD in Rehabilitation and Addictions Counseling Administration. Her PhD Dissertation examined the effectiveness of a 2-week at-home paced breathing intervention to reduce anxiety in college students. Amelia’s also the Past President of the North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association. Amelia’s research interests include examining anxiety and depression in college students, assessing effectiveness of evidence-based stress management techniques, utilizing biofeedback technology to assess coping mechanisms, and implementation of prevention mechanisms for people with a family history of cardiovascular disease.
Ashlie Bell, PhD, LCSW, BCN
Biography: Dr. Ashlie Bell is an internationally renowned brain health expert and owner of an integrative brain wellness center in Colorado called NeuroGrove. She holds a doctoral degree from the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University, in addition to being a licensed clinical social worker, researcher, and published author. Dr. Bell has worked in the fields of health and mental health for over 15 years and is known for her specialized knowledge in brain-based interventions, as well as integrative mental health and the treatment of trauma-related challenges. She has spent several years investigating the neurophysiological underpinnings of various physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, as well as the interconnections between the brain and various systems of the body. As a result, Dr. Bell has dedicated her career to exploring and developing new
Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB
Bastyr University/The Breath Space
Biography: Brad Lichtenstein, ND BCB BCB-HRV. believes in the power of breath to restore health and balance. As a naturopathic physician in private practice and a professor at Bastyr University for over two decades, Dr. Lichtenstein has helped people embody the lives they want to live. His approach integrates naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and biofeedback, depth & somatic psychology, Eastern contemplative practices, yoga and movement, bodywork and end-of-life care. He participated in a joint research study between the University of Washington and Bastyr University where he provided over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients. Dr. Lichtenstein received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. His articles have appeared in several publications and journals and he speaks nationally on topics ranging from stress-reduction, mindfulness and health, mind-body approaches to healing trauma, and issues surrounding end-of-life.
Caitlin Tyrrell, PhD
Staff Psychologist, VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System
Biography: Caitlin Tyrrell, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist and team lead for the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program at the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare system. She graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2017 with her doctorate in clinical psychology with a curricular emphasis in geropsychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Orlando VA Medical Center and her postdoctoral residency in professional geropsychology at the VA Puget Sounds Health Care System, American Lake Division. She is passionate about identifying effective clinical interventions for underserved populations and is currently a co-principal investigator on a randomized control trial examining efficacy of neurofeedback for veterans with mild traumatic brain injury at the VA Pacific Islands.
Christopher Gilbert, PhD Psychology
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine UCSF
Biography: Chris Gilbert is a CA-licensed psychologist with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (UCSF) where he provides general biofeedback services and collaborates with UCSF’s headache center. He developed a chronic headache management group at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, utilizing biofeedback and other techniques. He served a term on the AAPB Board, is an associate editor of Biofeedback, and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.
David Arroyo, Psic.Npf, BCB
Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Hospital StarMedica Queretaro, Sociedad Mexicana de Bio y Neurorretroalimentación
Biography: Clinical specialist and professor with extensive experience in the fields of Clinical, Medical and Health Psychology and Applied Psychophysiology. Founding member of the Mexican Bio and Neurofeedback Society and part of its board of directors for 10 years. For 9 years he was in charge of the Medical Psychology Service of the StarMedica Hospital in Mexico City, where he established the first in-hospital applied psychophysiology service of its kind in his country, integrating it to the management of different psychological and medical disorders in an interdisciplinary manner, in addition to being appointed president of the Medical Bioethics Committee for two consecutive periods; positions he continues to hold at StarMedica Hospital now in the city of Querétaro. He´s also co-founder and CEO of the Mindful Neuroscience Center in Mexico, instructor-mentor in BCIA Accredited Didactic Programs, international instructor of the BFE´s “Learn from the Best” formation programs and leading the Applied Psychophysiology program at the School of Health Sciences in the University of the Valley of Mexico.
David Hopper, DC, OMT
My Recess Therapy
Biography: Dr. Hopper received his Doctorate in Chiropractic (DC) from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) and his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Currently, Dr. Hopper and his wife own 3 clinics in the Chicagoland area servicing occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic patients. Dr. Hopper is also a professor at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). Previously, he worked as a chiropractic assistant and personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach for over 10 years prior to going to school for his doctorate. This gave him the drive to focus on two areas he knew would be vital as a practicing doctor; Preventative & Rehabilitative therapies and Sleep-Breathing related therapies. In his research Dr. Hopper found oral myofunctional therapy (OMT) to be a useful tool in the conservative treatment of OSA. This rabbit hole lead Dr. Dave to realize the importance of recognizing airway and sleep issues such as; tongue and lip ties, TMJ Dysfunction, sleep-disordered breathing (including OSA), insomnia and other concerns. Since practicing OMT, Dr. Hopper has successfully helped patients find freedom from their CPAP machines for OSA by bringing their sleep study scores under that of which would be diagnosable OSA. Dr. Hopper has also helped many sufferers find relief from jaw pain and headaches related to jaw pain.
Dejan Stankovic, Ed.D, BCB
Biography: Dejan Stankovic is a sports psychologist by training with particular expertise in biofeedback, mindfulness, and meditation. Dr. Stankovic teaches mindfulness techniques to numerous high-schools, universities and teams in and around the Boston Area. Dr. Stankovic is Co-founder and CSO of Optivio, where he designs, oversees, and implements all aspects of the company’s services and products offerings. Dr. Stankovic is Board Certified in Biofeedback and a member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (aapb.org), the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (bcia.org), and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (aasp.org). His publications include “Mindfulness Meditation Training for Tennis Players” and “Mindfulness Meditation Training as a Sports Psychology Technique”. In addition to his publications Dr. Stankovic has been invited numerous times to present his work at national sports psychology conferences and national biofeedback conferences. Dr. Stankovic received an Ed.D. from Boston University and a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University.
Donald Moss, BCB, BCN, BCB-HRV, Licensed Psychologist
Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University
Biography: Donald Moss, Ph.D., BCB, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and integrative/functional nutrition. Dr. Moss is currently President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also the ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, and president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He has a new book released with co-editor Fredric Shaffer on Physiological Recording Technology and Applications in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (AAPB) and a second new book with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative Pathways: Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer). He also has a book in press with co-editor Inna Khazan on Mindfulness, Compassion, and Biofeedback Practice (AAPB).
Donna Schuman, PhD, BCB, BCN
University of Texas at Arlington
Biography: Donna Schuman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social work at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Professional Counselor. In addition, she holds BCIA certifications in biofeedback and neurofeedback. Dr. Schuman’s research is focused on improving trauma treatment outcomes for military and veteran populations through integrative health interventions. As a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, she collaborated with the Lexington VA to conduct a study on the adjunctive use of heart rate variability biofeedback for veterans with PTSD. For several years, she has taught a course on brain and behavior relationships to graduate social workers. Having worked in a variety of clinical behavioral health settings over the past 20 years, she previously provided clinical biofeedback and neurofeedback services to active-duty Army personnel at Fort Rucker, AL.
Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, PhD
University of South Carolina
Biography: Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, received his degree in Human Physiology in 1988 (Novosibirsk, Russia). He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Wake Forest University in 2001-2003, and post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Rice University in 2004. Currently, Dr. Sokhadze is Research Professor at University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. He is also gratis Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. His research interests include the application of dense-array EEG/ERP brain mapping, neurofeedback, TMS, and other applied psychophysiological techniques in psychiatric research. Specific psychopathology areas of interest are autism, substance abuse, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and comorbid mental conditions. He is a recipient of Joel Lubar award for Advances in Neurotherapy, and AABP Distinguished Scientist and Honorary Fellowship awards for his contributions to neurofeedback and biofeedback research.
Frank DeGregorio, Technical Support Director ( Software IT Specialist)
Biography: Frank DeGregorio has a Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) in Computer Science and Networking and a Certificate as a Programming Analyst. He has over 25 years of experience as technical, network, computer and high-level troubleshooting for Thought Technology. In addition, he has over 18 years of experience teaching BioGraph workshops with Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. and had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of workshops held by clinicians such as Dr. Barry Sterman, Dr. Tanju Surmeli, Dr. Don Moss and Dr. Richard Gevirtz, Dr. Erik Peper and Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson. Frank's extensive knowledge of all the product software and hardware offered by Thought Technology gives him the unique ability to take participants from installation of the software to using it effectively.
Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB
Professor of Psychology, Truman State University
Biography: Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. Dr. Shaffer was the principal co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.) and authored 12 of its chapters. He was a co-editor with Donald Moss of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings. He co-authored with Mark S. Schwartz a chapter on entering the field and assuring competence in Biofeedback: A Practitioner's Guide (4th ed.). He co-authored with Donald Moss, a chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He co-authored with Rollin McCraty and Christopher Zerr, the Frontiers in Psychology review article "A healthy heart is not a metronome: An integrative review of the heart's anatomy and heart rate variability." He is a contributing editor for the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is a BCIA-accredited educator for Biofeedback, HRV Biofeedback, Human Physiology, Physiological Psychology, and Psychopharmacology. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart rate variability. Dr. Shaffer is a BCIA Senior Diplomate in Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), director of its Biofeedback and HRV Biofeedback Task Forces, and member of its Neurofeedback Task Force, and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).
Gabriel E. Sella, MD, BSC, MSc, MPH, PhD(c)
Genomary Krigbaum-Pérez, PsyD, BCB, DAAETS, FAAPB, LP
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program
Biography: Genomary Krigbaum-Pérez, PsyD, BCB, DAAETS, FAAPB, LP, in transition to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency-Casper; with keen interest in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback/neuromodulation modalities. She is invested in clinical work, applied research, training future clinicians, consulting and scholarship. Her work encompasses cross-cultural neuroscience and evidence-based (-informed) interventions/frameworks. Dr. Krigbaum-Pérez is passionate about fostering as well as promoting individual resilience, and quality of life.
Guy Weissinger, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor/Villanova University
Biography: Dr. Weissinger is a nurse researcher on the intersection of mental health and the healthcare system. His current research focuses on suicide prevention and other mental health concerns of adolescents. Originally a therapist before training as a nurse scientist, he uses rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods to answer complex questions to improve care and systems for people with mental health problems and their families. He works on public health programs working to improve youth-serving systems’ suicide prevention practices and implement mental health screening and response. In addition, he conducts research focused on the role of parents and other caregivers during a youth suicide crisis to improve youth and family outcomes. He has clinical experience in HIV care, emergency medicine, outpatient mental health, and public health nursing. Dr. Weissinger's clinical, teaching, and research practice are all informed by a health equity lens and focus on eliminating health disparities.
Harry van der Lei, PhD
Hourglass Performance Institute
Heather Davidson, PsyD, BCN
Director of Clinical Training and Child & Adolescent Services/Behavioral Associates
Biography: Dr. Davidson has been instrumental in modernizing and expanding training program at Behavioral Associates. She has a passion for supervision and has given many young clinicians the chance to experience bio and neurofeedback treatments for the first time. She is adept at adapting protocols for children in a way that is both fun and effective.
Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB
Harvard Medical School/Boston Center for Health Psychology and Biofeedback
Biography: Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches and supervises trainees. She is clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and performance excellence training using biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Khazan is the founder of Boston Center for Health Psychology and Biofeedback, working with clients on optimizing their health and performance. Recognized as a pioneer in mindfulness-based biofeedback, Dr. Khazan is a popular speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness. She has conducted biofeedback and mindfulness trainings for notable institutions in the US and abroad, including the US Navy Special Warfare, US Army Special Forces, and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan serves as president of the board of directors for Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), board member for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), and Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), where she is currently chair elect. Dr. Khazan writes for Psychology today, is the author of numerous journal articles and three books, including the highly-regarded Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness, and the popular Biofeedback and Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Practical Solutions for Improving Your Health and Performance.
Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.
chief science officer and part owner
Janell L Mensinger, PhD, FAED
Associate Professor/Nova Southeastern University
Biography: Dr. Mensinger, PhD, FAED, is an interdisciplinary trained scholar with a PhD in health psychology. After completing an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in biostatistics for research in mental health, she has worked in various roles in academic medicine, nursing, and the allied health professions where she serves as an educator, mentor, collaborative researcher, and expert in study design, measurement, and statistical methods. She currently works in this capacity as an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Mensinger's program of research focuses on novel and accessible approaches to eating disorders treatment and prevention in an effort to address health inequities by reducing barriers to care, especially for individuals who are higher on the weight spectrum and have other marginalized identities. Her present research is seeking to understand how mind-body interventions like biofeedback can facilitate improved interoceptive awareness and resilience in individuals with disordered eating.
Jeff Tarrant, PhD, BCN
Biography: Jeff Tarrant, PhD, BCN is the Director of the NeuroMeditation Institute in Eugene, OR. He is a licensed psychologist and board certified in neurofeedback. Dr. Tarrant is also the Chief Science Officer for Healium, XR, creating biometrically controlled virtual and augmented reality experiences. In addition, Dr. Tarrant is a Scientific Advisor to both Divergence Neuro and Neuphony, creators of cloud-based neurofeedback software and wireless EEG headsets. Dr. Tarrant specializes in teaching, clinical applications, and research combining technology- based interventions with meditative states for improved mental health. His research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of contemplative practices, technological interventions, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Dr. Tarrant is the author of the book, “Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain.” Most recently, Dr. Tarrant has begun offering preparation and integration support for those working with psychedelic therapies. This work includes using neurofeedback-based approaches to assist in the process.
Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.
Healium XR, Divergence Neuro, Neuphony
JP (Jack) Ginsberg, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist
Biography: Dr. Ginsberg earned his B.S. in Biology cum laude from Yale University, M.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University and in Psychology from Boston College, and PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Memphis (TN). Presently he is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist in South Carolina. He retired from the Columbia (SC) VA hospital in 2019 and has been in semi-retirement since then. He has been a PI, Co-PI or Co-I on grants from the DoD, VA, and NIH. Dr. Ginsberg has advocated for integrative management of chronic pain and PTSD using Autonomic Self-Regulation as a self-empowering mind-body treatment for the past 15 years. He authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications, chapters, and abstracts; served as a scientist reviewer of research grant proposals for NIH, VA, and DoD; and edited and reviewed numerous published scientific articles. In addition, Dr. Ginsberg has given invited presentations on HRV and HRVB at scientific meetings, academic seminars, and cyber-seminars. He was program Co-Chair of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) special 50th Anniversary Annual Scientific meeting in Denver, March 2019.
Judy Carlson, EdD., MSN, APRN, BCN
Associate Chief Nurse- Research VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
Biography: Dr. Judy Carlson, EdD, MSN, APRN, BCN, is Chief Nurse-Research and Advanced Practice Nurse employed at VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. Previously, she was a Sr. Nurse Scientist at Tripler Army Medical Center for 10 years and prior to that the CEO of her Neurofeedback practice in North Carolina as well as tenured faculty/researcher at several universities on the East Coast. She received an EdD, a research doctorate, from Rutgers University in Program Development and Outcomes Research, her Master of Nursing Science at Hunter University in Bio-Behavioral Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing Science at Long Island University. She received a certificate in Family Nurse Practice from University of Virginia. She is Board-Certified in Neurofeedback for 25 years. As a scientist and neurotherapist, her clinical, research and grant interests involve the investigation of the impact of neurofeedback on
Karen A. Lawrence, PhD
University of Kentucky
Biography: Karen Lawrence, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. She has an interdisciplinary background in biomedical science and mental health social work. The goal of her research program is to improve mental health outcomes in traumatized populations and advance understanding of trauma-related disorders to improve prevention and treatment.
Lew Lim, PhD, DNM, MBA
Biography: Dr. Lew Lim is widely recognized as a knowledge leader in photobiomodulation (PBM), particularly related to brain functions. He is the Founder and CEO of Vielight Inc., known for its brain PBM technology. His innovation in the field is positively affecting tens of thousands around the world, whether to address a brain condition or enhancing performance. Currently, his team is involved in various clinical studies indicating PBM for Alzheimer's Disease, traumatic brain injury, meditation, mental and sports performance, and others. Dr. Lim is a neuroscientist, doctor of natural medicine, engineer and chartered accountant. He has completed the various education disciplines at University of California, Berkeley, Quantum University, Sheffield University, Duke University and other institutions.
Yes, I have financial interests to disclose.
Linda Bolin, PhD, MSN, RN, ANP, FAHA
Assistant Professor/East Carolina University
Biography: Dr. Linda Bolin is an Assistant professor in the Department of Nursing Science at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina. She is a faculty member teaching in the undergraduate and doctoral programs in the College of Nursing. She practices as an advanced practice nurse at ECU Brody School of Medicine. Her research focuses on hypertension (HTN) management in the adult population to identify the influences and decisions that formulate behavior. As a nurse practitioner, she utilizes the traditional framework for HTN management, as well as explores the biopsychosocial aspects influencing cardiovascular disease. She received her biofeedback certificate in 2018 to incorporate complementary approaches and to further investigate primary and secondary preventive measure. She believes that intervening with alternative therapies for those with HTN, could improve symptomatology and quality of life.