Association for Applied Psychophysiology
and Biofeedback

August, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 3

In This Issue
A Message from the President
Committee Spotlight
Committees, Chapters, and Sections
Member Highlight
From the AAPB Journal
2011 Conference
Welcome New Members!
Quick Links
A Message from the President
Carmen Russoniello, President, AAPB
Carmen Russoniello
 "Saying and doing have quarrel'd and parted" is one of my favorite quotes by Ben Franklin because, in my experience, it is indeed true that the action takers are those that make change happen. For the advancement of psychophysiology and biofeedback to take place, AAPB needs to be a "doing" association that makes things happen. This cannot happen without member involvement. Please help us by being active on a committee, recruiting a new member, or presenting the benefits of biofeedback to a local politician or medical group.
AAPB will strive to keep its members informed and provide avenues for involvement. One way AAPB intends to do this is through the bi-monthly newsletter which is published to keep you abreast of current initiatives, education opportunities, and relevant publications. At the end of this article is a list of Committee Chairs, Sections, Divisions and Chapter Affiliates and their board liaisons with contact information. In addition, in each newsletter I will put a spotlight on the work of one of the Committees, Divisions, or Chapters so you can get an idea of the depth of work that is taking place. Hopefully you will want to add your time and skills.
Committee Spotlight
SpotlightIn this newsletter, the spotlight is on the University Outreach Committee.
As you are aware, there are a number of issues in relation to biofeedback education. These issues include the fact that there are very few university-based biofeedback programs, as well as the lack of standardized curriculum. These problems, it can be argued, are a major impediment to the growth of the biofeedback.
The University Outreach Committee is:  
The University Outreach Committee's overall goal is: To develop strategies for increasing the inclusion of biofeedback in college curricula.
Short Term (identify current activity)
  • Identify who is currently teaching biofeedback through equipment and other vendors and request their curriculum.
  • Search research databases to identify who is doing research on biofeedback.
  • Identify which university counseling centers use biofeedback.
Medium Term (integrate)
  • Review current curriculum.
  • Work with vendors to design a way for vendors to help educate students in biofeedback by providing equipment for teaching purposes in universities (idea was to prepare a case statement: ask for help, identify how we believe that their help with this project will in turn benefit them, define what we need, ask them to share their customer lists, ask how they might be willing to participate in other ways to help us meet our collective goals).
Long Term (establish identity)
  • Develop a white paper on standards for biofeedback curriculum.
  • Work with conference committee to include a session about teaching biofeedback in the universities.
  • Establish blog for university researchers, faculty, students, etc.
  • Establish a repository on the website to host/share university curricula.
  • Generate methods of supporting networking and collaboration in establishing curricula and conducting research.
  • Develop a system for helping connect universities and clinical sites for the purpose of identifying and recruiting interns.
  • Ask for the help of the Council of Chapters and the general membership to help identify universities in their areas.
  • Target selected schools that don't teach biofeedback or applied psychophysiology in their curricula, and encourage them to do so.
The University Outreach committee is looking for members to help them meet their goals. They are also looking for your ideas on how to get more universities to teach biofeedback. If you can't be involved at this time, at least you can be informed. Updates from the University Outreach Committee as well as other AAPB committees will be in every newsletter.
Committees, Chapters, and Sections
AAPB is actively recruiting members for the following committee work. To become involved, you can contact the committee, section and/or their liaisons. The Chapter links will take you to their home page to make direct contact. Otherwise, you can call or email the AAPB office, or visit the web site and get additional information on these committees, sections, and chapters. If you have an interest in being active, AAPB wants you involved.
Committee Chair Appointments for 2009-2010:

Conference Planning: Wes Sime & Susan Intemann
Education: Sharon Langvardt
Website: Aubrey Ewing
Nominations: John Arena 
Membership: Rich Sherman & Tami Maes
Finance: Chris Gilbert
Clinical Journal: Don Moss
Research Journal: Frank Andrasik until August 22:  after August 22:
University Outreach: Elizabeth Bigham
AdvocacyRon Rosenthal

Board/Committee liaison assignments and responsibilities:

Conference Planning: Carmen Russoniello
Education: Jeff Bolek
Website: Mike Linden
Membership: John Arena
Clinical Journal: Chris Gilbert
Research Journal: Maria Karavidas
University Outreach: Alan Pope 
Advocacy: Gabriel Tan

Assignment of liaisons to the Sections and Divisions and liaison responsibilities: Liaison responsibilities were reviewed as similar to those related to committee liaisons.

Allied Professional: Carmen Russoniello 
Applied Respiratory Psychophysiology: Chris Gilbert 
Education: (open, pending more information from the section)
International: Maria Karavidas
Mind-Body Medicine: Gabriel Tan
Neurofeedback: Mike Linden 
Optimal Functioning: Jeff Bolek
Performing Arts Psychophysiology: Alan Pope
sEMG/SESNA: Ron Rosenthal
Stress Management: John Arena


Chapter Relations:

Board liaison assignments and responsibilities:

Biofeedback Society of California: Chris Gilbert

Colorado Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback: Michael Linden

Biofeedback Society of Florida: Ron Rosenthal

Biofeedback Society of Georgia: John Arena

Biofeedback Society of Illinois: Michael Linden

Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback: Chris Gilbert

Biofeedback Society of North Carolina: Alan Pope

Biofeedback Society of New Mexico: Maria Karavidas

Pennsylvania Society for Behavioral Medicine & Biofeedback: Jeff Bolek

Biofeedback Society of Texas: Gabriel Tan

Biofeedback Society of Washington: Carmen Russoniello

Biofeedback Society of Wisconsin: Carmen Russoniello


Regional Chapters

Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine: Alan Pope

Northeastern Regional Biofeedback Society (NRBS): Maria Karavidas


International Chapters

Polish Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology Society: Maria Karavidas


Carmen V. Russoniello, Ph.D., LRT, LPC, BCB, BCN
President, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Director, Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic
East Carolina University
Belk Building Suite 2501
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-0024
Fax: 252-328-4642
Member Highlight
The prestigious Cleveland Clinic will be hosting the Heart Brain Summit at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada; September 23-24, 2010. AAPB is pleased to announce that the following members will be participating in the summit:
Biofeedback in the Treatment of Heart DiseaseHeart Brain Summit Brochure
Christine S. Moravec, PhD
Stress in Medicine Moderator:
Michael G. McKee, PhD and Christine S. Moravec, PhD
Biofeedback in the Treatment of Stress
Richard N. Gevirtz, PhD
Biofeedback for Extreme Stress: Wounded Warriors
Carmen V. Russoniello, PhD
For more information, visit the summit website or download the brochure.
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
In association with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Tremendous Increase in Impact Factor!
Thomson-Reuters announced the new Impact Factors (IF) in June 2010. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback has a 2009 Impact Factor of 1.765, a substantial increase from its 2008 IF of 1.175. In fact, the current IF is the highest by far of the last five (2005-2009). The journal is ranked 39 of 93 (2nd quartile) in its category, Clinical Psychology.

A journal's IF is a measure of the frequency with which an average article in the journal has been cited in a particular year. The IF provides a means to evaluate a journal's relative importance in a field and is considered an indication of quality. Thomson-Reuters calculated the 2009 IF using the following equation:
Cites in 2009 to articles published in 2008 and 2007/Number of articles published in 2008 and 2007
The journal must first be accepted into Thomson-Reuters' Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) or into Science Citation Index (SCI) to be eligible for inclusion in the annual Journal Citation Report (JCR) that produces the IFs. 

Kudos to the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback referees/reviewers, the Editorial Board, and Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik.
What Better Time to Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback?
Submit your next paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (submit online at The refereeing process is fair, balanced, and efficient. Accepted papers are published quickly via Online First. Published works enjoy wide distribution to academics, scholars, and practitioners worldwide, including all AAPB members, and are abstracted/indexed in all the leading services, such as PsycINFO, PubMed/Medline, and SSCI. For more information, including aims and scope, and author instructions, visit the journal homepage.

Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (until August 22:  after August 22: will be pleased to answer your general inquiries and submission questions, or hear ideas for special issues.
Sign up for Springer Alerts for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
If you haven't already, please visit the journal homepage to sign up for Springer Alerts for the journal. It's free and you'll know when the current issue is published online and what papers are in it well before receiving the print version.
Carol Bischoff
Senior Editor, Springer
2011 Conference

2011 Header

Call for Submissions

AAPB is traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana for its 42nd Annual Meeting. Mark your calendars for March 9-12, 2011 to attend this gathering of experts in biofeedback and applied psychophysiology. You won't want to miss this educational event and the networking opportunities available!

Share your knowledge and experience with your colleagues. Submit abstracts for workshops, oral presentations, poster sessions, short-courses and symposia. Presentations will be selected on the basis of scientific merit by means of blind review.

The final deadline for submissions is August 27, 2010.

To begin the submission process, click here. The first step is to "Create an Account" using the link in the left navigation of the submission site. 

Mardi GrasDid You Know?
Factoid: Did you know that New Orleans was voted #7 of the best places to visit in the U.S. and Canada this summer by Travel and Leisure Magazine? "New Orleans has steadily rebuilt and revitalized its tourism industry in the past few years."

Did you know that Mardi Gras celebrations date back to ancient Roman times?

The Romans' Lupercalia festival was held in mid-February to honor the god of fertility and agriculture, Lupercus. The party had definite Mardi Gras-like qualities, including drinking, feasting and "pleasures of the flesh". During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia became adopted as a "last fling" of indulgence before the 40-day Lenten period of penitence.
Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB since June, 2010.  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.   
Christina Berger, Lawrence, KS
Franziska Breitlauch, Rueti, Schweiz, Switzerland
Isabel Brunner, BSc, Oberglatt, Zurique, Switzerland
Lee Burki, Gig Harbor, WA
Troy Burki, Gig Harbor, WA
Theodore Chapin, PhD, Peoria, IL
Lanice Chappell, MS, LPC, College Station, TX
Courtney Elton, MD, Brush Prairie, WA
Kristine Gaenzle Salamone, Fort Worth, TX
Seth Grossman, PsyD, Davie, FL
Jonathan Harris, Sacramento, CA
Carlyle Hooff, Lewes, DE
Ghaffar Malek, Khosravi, Tehran, Iran
Andrea Powell, Wheaton, IL
Anthony Sparacino, Phoenix, AZ
Robert Young, PsyD, BCIAC, Keswick, VA
Marcie Zinn, Dublin, CA
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