Association for Applied

Psychophysiology and Biofeedback


E-Newsletter, December 2010

Volume 4, Issue 4

In This Issue
2011 Annual Meeting
AAPB Strategic Goals
NEW Membership Section
Membership Committee Highlights
Call for Optimal Performance Submissions
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Welcome New Members
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A Message from the President
Carmen Russoniello, President, AAPB


At the beginning of the 2010-2011 term, the Board of Directors decided to focus on several important initiatives that have resonated in the Association for a number of years. Thus, we are continuing with important work begun by previous AAPB Boards who we owe a lot of thanks.

I believe you will see evidence of work on these initiatives in this newsletter, in the work of committees, like the Membership Committee highlighted below, and in our upcoming Annual Meeting (March 9 -12, 2011) in New Orleans.

AAPB's 2010-2011 initiatives include:

1. Increasing collaboration with constituents: AAPB is identifying and contacting organizations that have an emphasis on psychophysiology, like the International Organization for Psychophysiology. AAPB is increasing its emphasis on combined biofeedback approaches and collaboration with ISNR and others on conferences.

2. Utilizing technology to maximize AAPB's ability to provide membership services and educate stakeholders: During the upcoming Annual Meeting, AAPB plans to video record Keynote speakers for use as streaming educational sessions for our members in search of educational opportunities and continuing education credit. AAPB is also sponsoring a panel on technological and telemedicine advances that have direct relevance to psychophysiology and biofeedback.

3. Increasing visibility and professionalism: The AAPB board recently agreed to join ISNR and became a voting member of IEEE - Standards Association. One of the immediate goals is for AAPB to work with ISNR and IEEE-SA to develop technological standards for physiological measurement equipment based upon tested scientific principles. Another example is the strong position AAPB has taken in support of the BCIA credential and is encouraging all AAPB members to become certified.

4. Fiscal responsibility and additional methods for generating revenue: AAPB is in sound fiscal shape because of good stewardship of funds by previous administrations. While we are not out of the woods yet the association appears to have weathered the terrible economic downturn. This is not to say the Association has not felt the impact, because it has. A number of  members feeling the pinch have decided not to renew their membership. Others right out of college are not joining. Thus, there is a pressing need to develop recruitment and retention mechanisms, which I am happy to say can be found later in the newsletter under the spotlighted Membership Committee. Besides continuing to control spending, AAPB has launched an initiative to raise additional revenue for the Association, i.e.  negotiations with authors are underway for additional publications and increasing the TeleSeminar Series offerings.

5. Increasing involvement with the Military and VA: AAPB will sponsor several panels on PTSD treatment and Advanced Technological Interventions at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Military personnel ranging from top Army officials from the Telemedicine and Advance Technology Research Center to active duty Marines, as well as Veterans Administration therapists are scheduled to participate at the Annual Meeting.

AAPB 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting:
Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Paths to Resiliency

Very soon the AAPB program for the New Orleans Annual Meeting will be published and you will see that we have assembled some of the top scientists and biofeedback practitioners in the world who will focus on Psychophysiology and Biofeedback-Paths to Resiliency. Annual Meeting sub-themes include reviews of cutting edge technology and research to increase biofeedback efficacy, biofeedback and gaming and combined biofeedback interventions.

Keynote Speakers:

Colonel Karl Friedl, PhD
Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

Department of Defense

John Rolston, PhD
Laboratory for Neuroengineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Neurological Surgery
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University School of Medicine

Julian F. Thayer, PhD
The Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology
The Ohio State University
*Sponsored by: Applied Respiratory Psychophysiology Section*

Charles Raison, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
*Sponsored by: ISMA - USA Stress Management Section*

Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD
Director, Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory, Stroke Recovery Laboratory, and Division Chief, Cerebrovascular Diseases,
Associate Professor of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
*Sponsored by: Performing Arts Psychophysiology Section*

Besides these exciting presentations, AAPB will be offering some new side activities at the Annual Meeting. The idea is to increase focus on our own need to build resilience and provide some opportunities to do so. Our President-Elect, Gabriel Tan, a student of Qigong, has offered to lead sessions on slow stretching and Qi awakening exercises to start off your days during the conference. In addition, I will lead those that want to go on a morning run/tour of New Orleans. The tour will include many of the famous New Orleans attractions as well as a few others I happen to know from my experiences selling Lucky Dogs (hot dogs) on Bourbon Street in the 1970's.

Please keep watching the website as additional details emerge.

AAPB Strategic Goals


The recent ISNR meeting in Denver was highly productive for AAPB. The executive board met to review the Association's strategic direction and to set goals for continued growth. The plan is currently being reviewed by the full board prior to adoption in December. Highlights of the plan will be published in the next Newsletter and the entire plan will be posted on the AAPB web site.

During the conference, the annual meeting of the Biofeedback Alliance (BCIA, ISNR and AAPB) took place and discussions centered on the possibility of a joint Annual Meeting in the future. A task force is being created to explore the details of such an endeavor and to develop short and long-term goals. This is a very important collaborative endeavor that AAPB hopes will lead to additional collaborations.


NEW Membership Section: Child and Adolescent Health


AAPB is pleased to announce the formation of a new membership section for Child and Adolescent Health. The goal of the new section is to provide a forum for members to share information and experiences in providing biofeedback services to this important segment of our population. The creation of this new section is designed to address the growing use and proven benefits of biofeedback in treating a younger patient population.

If you are interested in joining us, please include the Child and Adolescent Health Section in your membership order. If you have already renewed and would like to join this section, please contact us at or 800-477-8892 and we will be happy to assist you. As with all AAPB Sections and Divisions, there is a small fee of $15 to join. This fee covers the ability for the Section to conduct a meeting at each AAPB Annual Meeting and develop a strategy to support the inclusion of speakers in the overall conference program.

At the 2011 AAPB Annual Meeting, we will arrange a time for this new section to meet at the conference and begin laying out its plans for future activities and educational services.

We hope this new Section has piqued your interest!


Membership Committee Highlights


I promised that in every presidential address I would feature an AAPB committee that is getting things done. In this newsletter, I will highlight the Membership Committee and their activities. In my mind the Membership Committee is the most important AAPB committee as their goal is to recruit and maintain AAPB members without whom we would not exist.

I extend my personal gratitude to Dr. Richard Sherman who has stepped forward to lead this committee in its important charge. Those of you who know "Rich" will not be surprised to know that the Membership Committee is goal-driven and active. Here are a few of the current activities that highlight the committees' proactive approach.

  • Mentoring program: All students and new attendees at AAPB's annual meeting will be offered a "mentor" to introduce them to senior members they might want to meet, etc. The program is currently being developed and will be implemented at the 2011 Annual Conference.
  • Calls to non-renewals: Everybody who did not renew their membership over the last two years will be receiving phone calls from recent board members, committee chairs, and other senior members to inquire why they chose not to renew their membership and to urge them to rejoin by highlighting the membership benefits AAPB has to offer.
  • Email campaign to people who recently purchased BFB equipment: Thought Technology, Stens Corp., and Biomedical Instruments have agreed to send out AAPB generated e-mails to their mailing lists to assist AAPB in our membership recruitment efforts. Depending on the results of the campaign, the committee may also decide to continue their efforts with more emails or physical letters to another selected group of potential members.


Call for Optimal Performance Submissions - Biofeedback Magazine


Dear AAPB Members,

I am writing on behalf of Donald Moss and myself about your own practice. We are interested in concluding a special edition of the Biofeedback magazine with a roundup of interesting summaries from private practitioners who are using biofeedback and neurofeedback to facilitate their clients achieving a higher state of performance in the arts, business, sports and academics. I believe it is critical to allow us to share your work with the community at large. I am hoping you will take time to consider this invitation.

I am available by email, as is Dr. Donald Moss, to discuss your submission.

Attention: Professionals in Optimal Performance in Sports, Performing Arts, Expressive Arts, Business and Academic Achievement

The Biofeedback magazine will publish a special issue on Optimal Performance Applications of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback for summer 2011.

Please participate in this special issue by providing a 250-500 word summary of your own activity in optimal performance. Please describe your professional practice in peak performance, the audiences you serve (sports, business, arts, academic achievement), the instrumentation you utilize, and any specific protocols you utilize. Include ancillary techniques that you integrate with biofeedback, such as video feedback, imagery training, or other techniques.

We will consider each submission, and choose those that best represent the emerging field and technologies of optimal performance biofeedback.

Send your manuscript to the special issue editors: Rae Tattenbaum at and Donald Moss at

Thank you,

Rae Tattenbaum, MSW


Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

In association with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 

Something New Under the Sun?

Springer Science+Business Media, the publisher of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, announced this past summer an additional journal publication program, SpringerOpen.

Springer publishes over 2000 scientific, technical, and medical journals following the traditional business model whereby entities (institutions and persons) purchase content via either subscription or consortia deal. SpringerOpen journals will be new online-only open-access journals whose entire content will be fully, immediately, and freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No subscription or purchase needed.

In accordance with market standards, an article-processing charge is paid by the author - usually derived from the author's grant or his/her institution's funding. Akin to Springer's traditional journals, SpringerOpen journals will publish original peer-reviewed high-quality papers quickly and individually on Springer's information platform, SpringerLink. These journals commence publication in 2011.

Funders and authors, even librarians, have expressed increased interest in open-access publishing, and SpringerOpen journals provide another publishing option to the community.

Of course, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback - since 2004 - offers authors the choice of open-access publication via Springer OpenChoice for a fee. After acceptance and at the first production stage, the contact author is asked to visit a webpage that poses this question. While most authors select the traditional publication model, open access is available to authors.

Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Submit your paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback at: The refereeing process is fair and friendly. Accepted papers are published quickly. Published works enjoy worldwide distribution, including to all AAPB members. The journal's Impact Factor has surged to 1.765. For more information, including author instructions, visit the journal homepage.

If you have general inquiries or submission questions or have ideas for special topical issues, please contact Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (new e-mail: While he can now stroll Beale Street, the best music to his ears will be hearing from you. So rock 'n roll with Frank and he won't get the blues.

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Welcome New Members! 
Regina Migliori, São Paulo, Brazil
Ivana Zivoder, Zagreb, Croatia
Ulrich Schoch, MD, Gruenwald, Germany
Odrun Flataboe, Oslo, Norway
Shannon Krause, Bow, NH
Linda Jordan, Bow, NH
Sheryl Smith, PhD, Cheshire, CT
Leonaura Rhodes, New Canaan, CT
Junghyun Kim, Ridgefield, NJ
Daniel Kim, Ridgefield, NJ
Mira Yi, Ridgefield, NJ
Yunsang Park, Ridgefield, NJ
Hanwool Jung, Ridgefield, NJ
Evelyn Walsh, Hummelstown, PA
Marvin Berman, PhD, CBT, BCN, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Pamela Rudat, Washington, DC
Galina Mindlin, MD, PhD, Purcellville, VA
Chad Stephens, Hampton, VA
Juliana Stempel, Brevard, NC
Ashley Dorough, PhD, Asheville, NC
Alan Hartley, PhD, DC, Lake Wylie, SC
Amanda Morgan, Cantonment, FL
Avn Sturm, Miami, FL
Lynda Lollar-Goldstein, Birmingham, AL
Guy DeAngelis, Grove City, OH
Samer Effarah, PsyD, Chicago, IL
Rebecca Merz, Manchester, MO
Dian Ruud, Temple, TX
Delfina Trillos, Houston, TX
Julie Harris, MA, CART, IMC, BCN, LPC, Midland, TX
Robert Ray, Lafayette, CO
Andrea Hause, MA, LPC, BCB, Centennial, CO
Bonnie Campbell, Glendora, CA
Michael Villanueva, San Diego, CA
Jennifer Chou, San Francisco, CA
Dylon Helene, San Francisco, CA
Nirinjan Yee, Walnut Creek, CA
Jill Banik, Chico, CA
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