Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

October, 2009
Volume 3, Issue 3

In This Issue
A Message from the President
CAM Survey Report
AAPB 2010
Did you know...
Welcome New Members!
Quick Links
A Message from the President
John Arena
I hope everyone is as excited as I am about the 2010 AAPB Annual Meeting at the Town and Country Hotel March 24 to 27 in San Diego, California. It is not an exaggeration to say that we are going to have a conference that is chock-full of distinguished experts on biofeedback and applied psychophysiology, making the conference an educational and networking treat.
I only have enough space to briefly brag about two of our speakers: Torres Theorell, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He is one of the world's foremost experts on workplace stress, has served as the Director of the Swedish Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health, and was recently honored with the Career Lifetime Achievement Award in Research at the 2009 Work, Stress and Health Conference: Global Concerns and Approaches. Dr. Theorell will be talking about The Psychophysiology of Workplace Stress.
Paul Rapp, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is the Director of their Traumatic Injury Research Program. Previously, Dr. Rapp was a Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine (the successor organization to the Medical College of Pennsylvania). He is an expert on the brain and behavior. Dr. Rapp will be presenting on The Scientific Basis for Neurofeedback.
In future newsletters, I'll continue to keep you updated on the incredible lineup Gabe Tan and the Program Committee have in store for San Diego. I look forward to seeing you there.
John Arena, PhD
President, AAPB 
CAM Survey Report
by John Arena, PhD 
Americans spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) each year, according to a just-released 2007 National Health Interview Survey. CAM includes such things as acupuncture, biofeedback and neurofeedback, chiropractic, herbal supplements, meditation, and various forms of relaxation therapy that are not routinely considered to be part of conventional medicine. CAM accounts for approximately 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket expenditures (conventional out-of-pocket: $286.6 billion and CAM out-of-pocket: $33.9 billion) on health care in the United States each year. The survey found that approximately 38 percent of adults use some form of CAM every year and spent approximately $12 billion on an estimated 354 million yearly visits to CAM practitioners such as acupuncture therapists, biofeedback and neurofeedback trainers, chiropractors and massage therapists. In comparison to the last time this data was collected in 2002, the number of adults using CAM mind-body therapies has increased. Biofeedback, guided imagery, meditation, deep breathing exercises and yoga all saw increased usage; there were no changes in the frequency of use of hypnosis and Qi gong; and there were decreases in the use of progressive muscle relaxation, tai chi, and, especially, energy healing therapies. It is clear from this data that Americans are utilizing CAM treatments-and psychophysiological interventions (i.e., treatments that affect both the mind and the body such as biofeedback and various forms of relaxation therapies)-with increasing frequency.
Barnes PM, Bloom B, Nahin RL. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults and Children: United States, 2007. National health statistics reports; no 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2008.
Barnes PM, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin RL. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults: United States, 2002. Advance data from vital and health statistics; no 343. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2004. 
AAPB 2010 in San Diego
Dave Stumph
It's not too early to start planning to attend AAPB's next Annual Conference scheduled for March 24-27, 2010. The planning committee has a number of surprises in store that you won't want to miss! New this year will be a "Clinical Update Series," providing an opportunity for attendees to receive a brief update on trends and material presented last year. In addition, the planning committee has reached out to each of the membership Divisions and Sections who will be sponsoring presentations throughout the conference.
As we travel to San Diego, California for AAPB's 41st Annual Meeting, we are excited about these new initiatives being taken by the committee under the direction of Chair, Gabriel Tan, PhD. Be sure to make plans to join this gathering of experts in biofeedback, neurofeedback, and applied psychophysiology. As we go to press, several keynote speakers have already been confirmed. Here is a sampling of confirmed speakers to date:
V.S. Ramachandran MD, PhD is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute. He is author of over 180 scientific papers. His acclaimed bestselling book "Phantoms in the Brain" formed the basis for a PBS television special. He is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology which, despite their apparent simplicity, have had a profound impact on the way we think about the brain, and therapeutic techniques to promote cortical reorganization after brain injury.

Norman Shealy, MD, PhD is a world-renowned pioneer in chronic pain management, complementary and energy medicine. Dr. Shealy's work as a neurosurgeon led to the invention of the Dorsal Column Stimulation (DCS) and TENS devices now used world-wide for pain. In 1971, he founded The Shealy Institute, the country's first comprehensive facility focusing on complementary and alternative methods for pain and stress management. He is founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, and past president of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine. His work with Caroline Myss led them to found the first doctoral program in Energy Medicine. In 20 years of research into anti-aging, he was the first to demonstrate re-growth of human DNA telomeres, a major key to extending human longevity. Dr. Shealy envisions a day when a lifespan of 140 years of age will be in reach.

Mark your calendar! Begin making your plans today! Over the years, AAPB's conferences have been very highly rated for outstanding educational content, presentation of breaking scientific data, and the best networking available in the field. As this group of speakers illustrates, the committee for the 2010 meeting is taking a creative approach in making the 2010 meeting an event that you cannot afford to miss.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego! 
David L. Stumph
Executive Director, AAPB
Did you know...
In the Members Only section of the AAPB website, there are a variety of listservs that you may subscribe to.

There is a general AAPB Members list, open to all AAPB Members. Most of the sections and divisions also have a listserv; in order to be put on the listserv you must have joined the section or division. There is an exception for the International Section which is open to all AAPB members.

Interest Groups/Sections/Divisions
Allied Professionals Section
Applied Respiratory Psychophysiology Section
Education Section
International Section
ISMA - USA Stress Management Section
Mind-Body Medicine Section
Neurofeedback Division
Optimal Functioning Section
Performing Arts Psychophysiology Section
Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB since June, 2009.  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.   
Stephen Albrecht, Grandville, MI
David Andersen, Gresham, OR
Annette Booiman, Wormer, N-H, Netherlands
Neal Bowen, Schaumburg, IL
Jason Brewster, Starkville, MS
Joanne Couture, MMFT, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Angi Covington, Las Vegas, NV
Eric Dalnes, Santa Ana, CA
Debora Elliott, MA, Boulder, CO
Matthew Fish, BS, BCIAC, Greenville, NC
Katalin Grajzel, MA, Fountain, CO
Tetsuya Hirano, Izumisano, OSAKA, Japan
Barbara Jackson, Fremont, CA
Morayo Ayopo Mariam Jimoh, MEd, BScEd, NRN, Lekki, Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Valerie Kendall, MA, Calgary, AB, Canada
Lamees Khorshid, PsyD, Cleveland, OH
Wendy Lewis, Chicago, IL
Edward Mackey, CRNA, MSN, PhD, Kennett Square, PA
Beppy Michel, Torrance, CA
Carolyn Mildner, PhD, Chicago, IL
Karen Mooney, MA, Meadville, PA
Adrienne Nicoll, RN, BSN, Vancouver, WA
Panagiota Papanikolopoulou, MSc, Ilion, Attica, Greece
Maria Perez-Ubieta, PsyD (ABD), Miami, FL
David Peters, DDS, MS, Michigan City, IN
Jessica Randall, LAc, Seattle, WA
Mina Sakamoto, Hudson, OH
Michelle Sapsara, DPT, OCS, Raleigh, NC
Angela Scott, Irving, TX
Mark Smith, New York, NY
Elwira Strzalkowski, Medinah, IL
Patricia Trusty, Ewa Beach, HI
Lori Vehring, PsyD, Franklin, TN
Jean Voska, Irvine, CA
Mary Walsh, Berkeley, CA
Jeffrey Wood, PsyD, Mount Vernon, NY
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