2017 AAPB Annual Meeting

Keynote Speaker

KEY01: Keynote Address: Dr. J. David Creswell

Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:45 PM to 7:45 PM

Title: Mindfulness Interventions and Their Effects on the Brain, Physiology and Health

Over the last two decades there has been significant interest in mindfulness training interventions for health. But little is known about how these interventions, which train a mindset of being open and receptive to present moment experience, might affect health over time. In this talk, Dr. Creswell will describe current mindfulness intervention approaches, and a series of studies he has conducted that depict potential brain and physiological stress reduction pathways linking these interventions with a broad range of health outcomes. Dr. Creswell's will share the science and application of this affordable, evidence-based approach for fostering stress resilience.

Learning Objectivces

  • Describe different forms of mindfulness interventions
  • Describe promising brain mechanisms for mindfulness-stress resilience effects
  • Describe evidence-based health benefits of mindfulness interventions

Who Should Attend: Health professionals Level:All


KEY02: Presidential Lecture - Stuart Donaldson

Friday, April 13, 2018
9:15 AM to 10:30 AM

Utilizing the QEEG, particularly the MTBI probability index, and the severity index, 72 junior A hockey players were studied over a period of two years. Data will be examined on the consistency and reliability of the MTBI and severity measures. The location of the concussed sites (International 10/20 system) will be reviewed with a tentative hypothesis proposed explaining the complex nature of this phenomenon.


  • Stuart DonaldsonPhD, BCIA (SF), Psychologist, Director of Myosymmetries
Learning Objectives:
  • Reliability of the QEEG
  • QEEG Severity Index
  • MTBI Probability of the QEEG
  • Learn possible factors that affect secondary impact syndrome

Stuart DonaldsonStuart Donaldson Stu Donaldson is a licensed psychologist in the Province of Alberta and graduated from the University of Calgary in 1989 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology with areas of interest including pain, pain management, psychophysiology, and computers in psychology. Since then he has completed numerous workshops and seminars receiving his Senior Fellowship in Biofeedback. He is listed with the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Diplomate with the American Board of Psychological Specialties - Rehabilitation Psychology; Diplomate - American Board of Forensic Examiners, and Diplomate & Senior Disability Analyst - American Board of Disability Analysts. He has lectured around the world and has published 40 papers in journals on topics ranging from myofascial pain syndrome, to fibromyalgia, and concussions in sports. He is the past President of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and Awarded Life Membership Psychologist's Association of Alberta in 2012.


KEY03: Keynote Address by Rusty Shelton

Friday, April 13, 2018
6:15 PM to 7:30 PM

Mastering the New Media Landscape: 10 Steps to Building Your Platform

The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years with the growth of social media, which is impacting patients and healthcare professionals alike. This presentation focuses on how healthcare leaders can tap into the power of social media and platform development to positively impact lives and achieve personal and professional goals. It will introduce the audience to trends currently dominating the social media landscape and will look at how healthcare professionals can harness the growing power of social media and platform development to reach their audience with important information. This presentation will peel back the curtain on the new media landscape and will show how to build a meaningful online platform. Rusty has worked with some of the world's biggest brands and thought leaders and his 10-step plan combines insights from the changing worlds of publicity, social media and marketing to help you cut through the clutter and build a large platform. You will leave the presentation with a roadmap you can follow to build a meaningful online brand that you can use to grow your following and make a bigger impact


  • Rusty Shelton, Undergraduate - University of Texas, Author and CEO of Zilker Media, Zilker Media

Learning Objectices

  • Identify at least 3 ways that social media has changed over the past year
  • Conduct an online brand audit
  • Employ at least 3 specific strategies aligned with using social media as a healthcare leader

KEY04: Keynote Presentation by Dr. Hasan Asif

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
The field of mental health is divided in its diagnostic and therapeutic approaches: Biological vs Psychological, Body Vs mind, Neurochemical intervention Vs Brain modulation. There is a need for a comprehensive approach which brings different fields together on solid theoretical grounds- a methodology which enables us to bridge the gap in our understanding of different systems and offers a comprehensive multi modal therapeutic synthesis. BrainWellness center diagnostic and treatment methodology is such an attempt. It involves comprehensive diagnostic evaluation integrating BIO stress TEST,qEEG analysis and psychodynamic formulations in one whole and then offers qEEG informed psychotropic use, BIO feedback, Neurofeedback, Brain modulation(transcranial magnetic stim) along with Psychotherapy in one integrated session. This current presentation is to explore the theoretical basis of such an integration and its implementation in daily clinical setting.


  • Hasan Asif, MD, Founder and Director, BrainWellness CTR
Learning Objectives:
  • Role of Quantitative EEG in bridging physiological and psychological fields
  • Role of Neuromodulation in mental health optimization
  • Synthesis between Bio/Neuro
  • Neuro Psychodynamics


KEY05: AAPB Distinguished Scientist Presentation by Evgeny Vaschillo, PhD

Saturday, April 14, 2018
5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Title: Biofeedback, Baroreflex, and Cardiovascular System Functioning

Session Information: My career in the biofeedback field in the United States had been aided by a teamwork with my teacher and friend Paul Lehrer. For the past 20 years we have worked together to investigate cardiovascular regulation and specifically the baroreflex. They both are related to HRV biofeedback, which is a method of controlling them and helping them to restore balance in autonomic nervous system. We consider biofeedback to be a biological procedure by which external feedback improves human ability to voluntarily control autonomic functions and some parameters of brain function. Heart rate variability biofeedback can be used to treat various physiological and mental disorders and diseases. Heart rate variability biofeedback can also be applied to investigating natural mechanisms for regulation of various physiological processes. Biofeedback allows us to impose sine-wave oscillations in the cardiovascular system (CVS) processes, thus allowing us to apply classical engineering approaches to studying CVS functioning. We have successfully used HRV biofeedback for treating various neuroses, asthma, fibromyalgia, and post-concussion syndrome, and depression but the main part of our studies used biofeedback as a tool for CVS functioning investigation. The results of using HRV biofeedback for treatment, as well as for investigating CVS functioning will be presented.

We have studied:

  • Resonance properties of the CVS,
  • HRV biofeedback effects on various CVS processes and the baroreflex system,
  • Features of each of the three baroreflex branches,
  • More recently, we have investigated the ossibility of using paced rhythmical sighing as a tool to explore CVS functioning in the frequency range of 0.05-0.08 Hz, which relates to vascular tone (VT) control. This work could be the basis for developing a VT biofeedback procedure for treating various vasomotor disorders.


  • Evgeny Vaschillo, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the field of HRV biofeedback was first conceived and studied
  • Learn about new research on control of vascular oscillations, and how it may be utilized as a new biofeedback tool
  • Learn how HRV biofeedback has been used to study the heart rate limb of the baroreflex

Evgeny VaschilloEvgeny Vaschillo In 1968 Dr. Vaschillo graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (Russia) with a master's degree in electromechanical engineering. Right after graduating, he worked at the companies supporting the Russian space program, where he studied heart rate variability (HRV) and effects of rhythmical stimulation of the cardiovascular system by breathing, muscle tension, and emotion. His work particularly emphasized the baroreflex and the possibilities of applying resonance frequency HRV biofeedback to train Russian cosmonauts to function better in space. After getting his Ph.D. in human and animal physiology at the Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Medicine (in1983), he worked on developing physiological methods to evaluate and control functional states of the 'human-operator' in extreme environmental conditions, with applications to cosmonaut crews, submarine crews, and athletic teams. Later, these techniques were expanded to treat patients with asthma and various neuroses as well as to sport performance. In 1998 he came to United States and has continued studying the cardiovascular system and the baroreflex using biofeedback.

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