Association for Applied Psychophysiology
and Biofeedback

February, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 1

In This Issue
A Message from the President
The Life Blood of AAPB
DSM-5: The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis
Welcome New Members!
Quick Links
A Message from the President
John Arena
It's getting closer to the AAPB Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Pre-convention workshops are on 3-24 and 3-25, and the convention begins on 3-25 and ends on 3-27. Please register today if you haven't yet. It's going to be a blast.
In San Diego, we've saved the best for last. For the bulk of the convention, we are going to be focusing primarily on the future of AAPB, discussing new treatments and new technologies. However, our focus on the future does not mean that we are going to forget about AAPB's past. It's with great pleasure that I tell you that AAPB, in conjunction with the Claude Bernard Club, is going to conclude the San Diego Convention with a tribute to the centennial of the man who has been rightfully called the father of biofeedback, Neal Miller. Dr. Miller was already a famous psychologist for his work in the 1950's on learning theory. But in the 1960's, Miller and his colleagues, including Leo DeCara, conducted a series of experiments on animals in order to determine whether the autonomic (or "involuntary") nervous system could be volitionally controlled. In a groundbreaking series of articles, Miller and his colleagues demonstrated that responses such as blood pressure, blood flow, cardiac functioning and intestinal activity could to some extent be voluntarily controlled. This led to other researchers demonstrating that humans could control their autonomic functions through operant conditioning, leading the way to biofeedback and other forms of self-regulation as we know it today, and revolutionized mind-body research and practice.

The Neal Miller Centennial Celebration will begin with a dinner in his honor that is open to all members of AAPB. During this dinner, guests will be encouraged to recount their own stories of Neal Miller, who was a long-time member of this society. Following this dinner, we will have four special guest lectures on various aspects of Neal Miller's life. First, Edgar ("Ted") Coons of New York University, who was a student of Neal Miller, will be speaking on, "Neal Miller: The Yale Years." Then Arnon Rolnick, past president of the Israeli Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and a member of the Board of the Israeli Psychological Association, will speak on, "The Desire for Integration: Miller's Interest in Psychoanalysis." This lecture will be followed by Sarah Leibowitz, a neurobiologist who is an associate professor at Rockefeller University and was a post-doctoral student with Neal Miller, who discovered the hormone Leptin. Dr. Leibowitz will be talking about, "Neal Miller: The Rockefeller Years." Finally, Edward Taub, a past-president of AAPB, and to whom Neal Miller was a primary mentor, will be discussing, "What Psychology as a Science Owes Miller: Examples from Biofeedback and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy." Please join us in San Diego for what should be a very exciting program and a great finish to a wonderful convention.
John Arena, PhD
President, AAPB 
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Members - The Life Blood of AAPB
Dave Stumph

For years, AAPB has developed and nurtured a core set of services that are valued by its members. Such services include two outstanding publications: a scientific journal, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and a clinical journal, Biofeedback; a highly-regarded annual conference; the TeleSeminar series; Clinician's Tool Kit and a host of other important member services.
As with any business, it is important for AAPB to evaluate its members' needs and to fully understand how interests change from time to time. In our rapidly changing world, it should be no surprise that member interests change quickly as well. In the world of AAPB, members are faced with new and exciting equipment options every day. How we communicate with our members and with each other is also changing rapidly. As younger practitioners enter the field, what mechanisms will best serve their needs educationally? How will we reach and engage them and how will we take advantage of new media opportunities that are presented by the evolving online environment?  
To validate the importance of its current services and to evaluate potential new services, products, and how we conduct the business of the organization, AAPB is embarking on an extensive project to survey its member's needs and interests. The survey evaluates all aspects of the association, from its customer service to the value of its publications; from the annual conference to the website; and from overall communications to future projects and services.
You do not need to be a member to participate. In fact we hope to hear from a wide variety of individuals including members and non-members so that we receive a wide variety of feedback. You can access the survey from the link below. In addition, if you provide your name and contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free registration for the AAPB Annual Conference!
The new decade brings new opportunities along with new challenges. Making sure that we understand our members and what is important to them is paramount. Understanding the impressions that others have of our organization is important as well. We welcome everyone's participation and look forward to an outcome that will provide us with the information and tools to set a new and revitalized course for AAPB. 
David L. Stumph
Executive Director, AAPB
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Pre-Conference Workshops
You won't want to miss these workshops-view the descriptions here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
8:00am - 5:00pm

WS01 Biofeedback Equipment Workshop - Practical Skills
WS02 Connectivity & Z Score Training: The Past, the Present, & the Future
8:00am - 12:00pm
WS05 Mind-Body Performance Training in Olympic Hopeful Athletes - An Experiential Workshop
WS06 Creative Aftercare Programs for Children/Young People Suffering from Chronic Pain 
1:00pm - 5:00pm
WS07 HeartMath Heart Coherence Training Workshop
WS09 Integration of EEG, DC/SCP, and Peripheral Measures in Biofeedback
Thursday, March 25, 2010
8:00am - 5:00pm
WS10 Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Sport Psychology
WS11 Biofeedback Training to Increase Heart Rate Variability
8:00am - 12:00pm
WS12 Respiratory Training and HRV Biofeedback for Anxiety Disorders and Functional Medical Disorders
WS13 The Science of Symptoms
WS14 Breaking the Link Between the Military's Suicide Rate and Coexisting PTSD and TBI
WS15 QEEG and Symptom Guided NeuroRehabilitation Programs
1:00pm - 5:00pm
WS16 Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health
WS18 The Psychophysiology of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Mind-Body Treatment Strategies
WS19 The Art and Science of Meditation and Yogic Breathing
AAPB Foundation 2010 Grant Recipients
The Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences initiated a new program aimed at stimulating biofeedback research. The Board established funding for three grants at $1,000 each. The recipients will be presenting their work at the AAPB Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Sonya Kim, MA, CRC; Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University
Using Heartrate Variability Biofeedback Methods to Improve Executive Functioning in Individuals with Chronic TBI
Erik R. Nelson; Illinois State University
Impulsivity as a Predictor of Differences in Theta and Beta Ratios and Percent Obtained Reinforcers During Neurofeedback
Timothy Horrell; University of Louisville
Development of EEG Gamma Indices of Cue Reactivity to Assess Functional Outcomes of Neurofeedback Training in Substance Use Disorder and PTSD
DSM-5: The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 will mark one the most anticipated events in the mental health field. As part of the development process, the preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses are now available for public review and comment. We hope that you use this opportunity not only to learn more about the proposed changes in DSM-5, but also to offer comment on the development of the DSM-5. Please check this site for updates to criteria and for more information about the development process. DSM-5
Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB since October, 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.   
Adebukola Abiola, MD, MCFP, DABAM, Getzville, NY,
Rafal Aleksandrowicz, Skawina, Malopolska, Poland
Anat Barnea, D.SC, Givat Chaim, Israel
Steve Besing, Salem, OR
Deborah Black, M.D, Plainfield, VT
Santiago Brand, Bogota, Colombia
Deanna Brescia, Brick, NJ
Rebecca Casper, LE, Milwaukee, WI
Jose Criado PhD, La Jolla, CA
Elnour Dafeeah, PhD, Doha, Qatar
Kat Duff, LPC, Taos, NM
Crystal Ebert, M.A, BCIA-C, Lewisville, TX
Arne Edvardsson, Goteborg, Vastra Fr, Sweden
Ali Eltohami, PhD, DOHA, Qatar
Gerard Finnemore, Mr, Saxonwold, Gauteng, South Africa
Josephine Fisher, Red Bluff, CA
Christiane Fortier, Boston, MA
Rudiger Fritz, North Fort Myers, FL
Anoinette Giedzinska-Simons, PhD, Oro Valley, AZ
Allison Hartzoge, MA, BCN, LPC, Midland, TX
Sonera Jhaveri, MA. MSc. San Francisco, CA
Farnaz Khoromi, San Diego, CA
Stephanie Knatz, San Diego, CA
George Litrokapis, MD, Larissa, Thessaly, Greece
Barbara Lytton, PhD, Saint Louis, MO
Starr MacKinnon, San Diego, CA
Carroll McGorkey, Laguna Beach, CA
Thomas Merrill, PhD, Peoria, AZ
John Milovic, Ormond Beach, FL
Aisling Molloy, BA, MISMA (UK), Dublin, Ireland
Tony Myers, West Palm Beach, FL
Austin Nation, RN, BSN, PHN, Buena Park, CA
Arlene Nock, MD, Ballston Lake, NY
Gitte Strand Olsen, Ringsted, Denmark
Michelle Petrongolo, Philadelphia, PA
Justin, Pool Glendale AZ
Geni Quartaroli, San Francisco, CA
Sherrie Raz, Boca Raton, FL
Aleia Schaum, Idaho Springs, CO
Schehehrazade Shamsavari, Santa Rosa, CA
Cynthia Sholes, PhD, Redwood City, CA
Lisa Slimmer, MD, PhD, Rochester, NY
Mark Stuart, PhD, Seattle, WA
Eamon Trainor, Ronkonkoma, NY
Louise Van Der Wesythuyzen, B.OT, Cape Town, South Africa
Adrian Van Deusen, Salvador, BA, Brazil
Lakira Wyatt, Raytown, MO
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