Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

 

E-Newsletter
February, 2009 Volume 3, Issue 1
In This Issue
A Message from the President
Court Upholds Use of QEEG...
Funding Available for Health Games Research
Welcome New Members!
Quick Links
A Message from the President
Aubrey Ewingby Aubrey K. Ewing, PhD
 
 
Visit the 
New AAPB Website
and
Register for the Annual Conference April 1-4

 
One of our priorities for this year has been the re-design of the AAPB website, www.aapb.org. Thanks to the hard work of many people including our IT staff and Website Editorial Board, I am able and very pleased to announce that the first phase of this re-design is complete and the new website is now live. I hope you will visit the new site and while you're there, take a moment to register online for the AAPB Annual Conference in Albuquerque, April 1-4 (more on that below). Future phases of the website project will include the editing of existing content, updating clinical and research information, and the adding of new features and online services. Please explore the new website and send us your suggestions and feedback.
 
A Message from the President ...continued

AAPB Annual Conference to Feature EEG Track on Autism, Presidential Lecture on BCI Interventions in Paralysis, and Invited Speakers on QEEG and TBI in Combat Veterans

AAPB will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year at the Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM, April 1-4. The program includes something for everyone, and if ever there was a professional meeting not to miss, this is it. Airfare to Albuquerque from all major cities is affordable and the beautiful Hyatt Regency Albuquerque is offering an excellent rate to AAPB attendees. We also have planned a special evening of fun and networking, with a bit of local flair. For more information and to register, go directly to the AAPB Annual Conference online.

We are particularly excited about the caliber of our program content this year. The keynote and invited speakers are world class, as are our symposia and workshop presenters. Here a just a few of the program highlights:

  • Chet Moritz, PhD-is a Senior Fellow in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington. He will present on his research published in the October issue of the journal, Nature. His invited Presidential Address is entitled, Direct Control of Paralyzed Muscles by Cortical Neurons: Implications for Biofeedback in the Treatment of Paralysis. Read more about Dr. Moritz's brain-computer interface research at the on the AAPB website Current Research page.
  • Rustum Roy, PhD-is an internationally renowned materials scientist, science policy analyst, and advocate of interdisciplinary education and alternative medicine. He holds visiting professorships in materials science at Arizona State University and in medicine at the University of Arizona, as well as emeritus honors at Penn State in three fields. His Keynote Address is entitled, Restoring Science into Health Research: Data Always Trump Theories-The Example of Water in Healing.
  • Jaime Pineda, PhD-is the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at U.C. San Diego. His invited addresses, sponsored by the AAPB Neurofeedback Division entitled, Advances in Neurofeedback Training for the Autism Spectrum and Neurofeedback Training Effects on Face Processing Impairments in Autism are open to all conference participants. Dr. Pineda will discuss his research on the significance of the mu rhythm and mirror neurons in autism spectrum disorders.
  • Col. Christopher Williams, MD-is the Senior Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Executive for U.S. Dept. of Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI. His Keynote address is entitled, Responding to the Needs of Returning Combat Veterans: The Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of TBI and Blast Related Injuries.
  • Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, MD (ret)-is the former President and CEO of Lexicor Health Systems and currently a consultant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the needs of returning war veterans. He is an internationally respected QEEG expert and will speak on Application of QEEG to the Clinical Assessment of Returning Warriors.
  • Symposium on Blast Injury, TBI, PTSD, and Pain-Dr. Xenakis will moderate a most timely symposium of interest to all biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners who work with these conditions and who have contact with combat veterans. He will be joined by an exceptional panel including Gabriel Tan, PhD of the VA Medical Center in Houston, Lonnie Nelson, PhD of the Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center, and Col. Christopher Williams, MD.
  • Margaret Chesney, PhD-is the former Deputy Director of NIH's Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine and the Associate Director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. She has conducted important research on the role of lifestyle factors in disease and immunity. Her keynote address is entitled, Whole Person Health, Complementary and Integrative Medicine: Is there Common Ground?
  • Morris Levin, MD-is a Professor of Medicine (Neurology and Psychiatry) at Dartmouth Medical School and a respected expert on pain and headache. He will give an invited address on Chronic Pain and Emotional Modulation.
Other symposia topics include:
  • EMG: The Scientist and The Clinician with Jeffrey Bolek, PhD, Gabe Sella, MD, and Ron Rosenthal, PhD
  • Olympic Gold for Biofeedback with Tim Harkness, PhD
  • High Tech, High Touch-the Science of Biofields with Gary Schwartz, PhD, Howard Hall, PhD, Melinda Conner, PhD, and Rustum Roy, PhD
  • Heart Rate Variability Methods and Applications with Paul Lehrer, PhD and Dick Gevirtz, PhD
  • QEEG Based NF with Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Michael Linden, PhD, Linda Thompson, PhD, Michael Thompson, PhD, Robert Coben, PhD, and Jay Gunkelman, QEEGT
  • Biofeedback Innovations in Gaming and Health

I do hope you will join me and your AAPB friends and colleagues for what promises to be an outstanding professional meeting in Albuquerque.

Francine Butler, PhD, AAPB's Founding Executive Director to Step Down in April
 
After 40 years of service to AAPB as our Executive Director, Dr. Francine Butler will step down this spring. Fran has been a wonderful steward of the Association since it was founded in 1969 as the Biofeedback Research Society. In that role, she has also been a champion of the fields of applied psychophysiology, biofeedback, and mind-body science. Fran has dedicated her professional life to AAPB's mission and, moreover, to the AAPB membership for whom she has been an unwavering advocate. She will continue to work on special projects for AAPB, but will turn over her executive responsibilities to our current Co-executive Director, David Stumph, IOM, CAE. Please join us at the AAPB Annual Conference in Albuquerque for a special tribute to Francine Butler.
Court Upholds Use of QEEG by Non-physicians 
in Expert Witness Testimony

In what amounts to a landmark decision, particularly for quantitative EEG (QEEG) and neurofeedback practitioners, a New York District Court judge has ruled that expert witness testimony based on QEEG evaluations meets what is called the Daubert standard. Daubert is a legal precedent set in 1993 by the Supreme Court regarding the admissibility of expert witnesses' testimony during federal legal proceedings. It essentially states that trial judges, as "gatekeepers" of scientific evidence, must determine if expert witness testimony is "relevant" and "reliable".
 
David Kuhn, M.D. of New York made the case for QEEG and Neuroguide based interpretations in an affidavit presented to the Court, assisted by Bob Thatcher, Ph.D. The judge's decision in this case also noted that expert witness testimony using QEEG was not the sole domain of neurologists, indicating that other professionals are qualified to testify as QEEG experts. Dr. Kuhn has tracked the progress of this case and posted additional information on his website, www.kuhncenter.com under Forensic Services, Frye hearing.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Offers Funding
for Health Games Research
Deadline: April 8, 2009
 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Games Research: Advancing Effectiveness of Interactive Games for Health is a national program that funds research designed to enhance the quality and impact of interactive games that are used to improve health.
 
The goal of the program is to advance the innovation, design, and effectiveness of health games and game technologies so that they help people improve health-related behaviors and, as a result, achieve significantly better health outcomes. In this round of funding, a total of approximately $2 million will be granted to outstanding research projects that study one or more games designed to increase physical activity and/or improve self-care.
 
Applicants must be a nonprofit organization such as a university, medical center, government agency, or other entity that is tax- exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation as defined under Section 509(a).
For-profit organizations may participate as subcontractors or consultants on a project team but may not be the applicant organization. Applicant organizations must be based in the U.S. or U.S. territories. The focus of the program is the United States. Studies to be conducted in other countries will be considered only if they have the potential to improve the health of U.S.  citizens. The principal investigator must be employed at the applicant organization at a rate above half-time.
 
Proposals must present a well-designed research plan that will lead to better understanding of the way people experience, process, and respond to specific features of health games. Proposals must also demonstrate that study findings will help improve the state of knowledge and practice related to health game design and implementation.
 
Up to fifteen research grants of between $100,000 and $300,000 each will be awarded for projects lasting one to two years.
 
For complete program information, visit the RWJF website.
 
RFP Link:
http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15016988/rwjfapp
 
For additional RFPs in Health, visit:
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_health.jhtml
Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB since October, 2008.  We're delighted to have you join the premier international society for mind-body interactions in research, health care and education.  Thank you for joining the AAPB community. We hope to meet many of you at the Annual Meeting in Albuquerque.  
 
Linda Diamond, Clearwater, FL
Alfred Kleinbaum, PhD, New York ,NY
Tim Herzog, Bozeman, MT
Robert Wagner, Oklahoma City, OK
Amber Fasula, Psy.D., Palos, Park, IL
Tracy Trevorrow, Ph.D., Honolulu, HI
Karen Wihbey, RNC, Bangor, ME
Robert Phillips, West Columbia, SC
Elizabeth Grindell, Gauteng, ZA
Mary Kelley, MS, APRN, Tucson, AZ
Carl Rosenquist, St. Albans, VT
Kai Shun Barry Lau, MSc, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Linda Feldthausen, PhD, Gainesville, FL
Jeff Heaton, Portland, OR
George Edwards, P.R., Bailey, CO
Nubli Wahab, PhD, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Edwin Purcell, PhD, Kirksville, MO
Jacques Gouws, Hamilton, ON
Nicholas Dogris, Ph.D., Bishop, CA
Melissa Heinrichs, MS, CCC/SLP, Davenport, IA
Anita Remig, EdD, Durham, NH
Maria Barashkoff, MA, Olympia, WA
Julia Flathers, RN, BSN, Bemidji, MN
Jean Widner, San Diego, CA
Linda Spain, Seattle, WA
Michelle Davis, Caledonia, MI
Kenneth Phelps, Rocky Mount, NC
Christine Sheffer, PhD, Little Rock, AR
Eric Chamberlin, MD, Glastonbury, CT
Becca Clayton, Staffordshire, UK
Charlotte Mohr, RN, Saginaw, MI
Todd Masluk, Charlottesville, VA
William Bacharach, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Amanda Wheat, Morgantown, WV
Sharon Hart, Englewood, CO
Howard Ritz, MPAS, PA-C, Saint-Albans, VT
Stephen Wood, Santa Rosa, CA
Stacey Ketchman, Psy.D, Fayetteville, NC
Margaret Lacy, Scottsdale, AZ
Yana Sorsher, Miami, FL
Polly Nelson, Franklin, TN
Shawn Tassone, M.D., Tucson, AZ
Barbara Monaco, LCSW-R, Hyde Park, NY
Andrew Jones, Ph.D., Tucson, AZ
Inna Khazan, PhD, Boston, MA
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