Association for Applied Psychophysiology
and Biofeedback

June, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 2

In This Issue
A Message from the President
Election News
New Goals Ahead
From the AAPB Journal
Welcome New Members!
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A Message from the President
Carmen Russoniello, President, AAPB
Carmen Russoniello
"It's a Renaissance"
This quote was sent to me by Fran Butler a couple of months ago regarding the appearance of biofeedback in hundreds of venues ranging from fingernail polish to sophisticated diagnostic measurements and treatment protocols. I wholeheartedly agree with Fran and would add that if we position ourselves now, we will not only help push the profession forward in a proper way, but we will also be able to prosper. We must face the fact, however, that we are no longer the only professionals looking at the field of psychophysiology and biofeedback. The surge created by sensor technology increasing acceptance of the fact that individuals can train themselves to ameliorate symptoms of numerous conditions and learn to prevent them, and the acknowledgment that biofeedback can improve human performance, have contributed to rapid and dramatic growth. I believe we must identify the areas of growth most consistent with our mission and plan strategies to lead in these areas. I will need you to help me position AAPB to capitalize on this growth. Later in this address I will outline specific contributions each member can make to help us capture the momentum and catapult Biofeedback and AAPB into the forefront.
But first, I want to start my Presidency by thanking those of you who have contributed to this organization in the past. Without your sacrifices AAPB would not be poised to capitalize on the tremendous growth potential all around us. I want to specifically thank Aubrey Ewing, who showed me an untiring enthusiasm for the field and AAPB's work. I don't know how you measure the contributions of the president-elect, president and immediate past president, but he would have my vote for MVP. He is a tireless supporter of biofeedback. I also want to thank Past President John Arena, who taught me the importance of bringing humor and humility to the table. His deep respect for the biofeedback profession was very evident during a highly educational and heartfelt dinner he championed for the late Neil Miller, who is considered the father of Biofeedback. Returning to our roots is critical in determining whether we are still on the right path. Having this historical perspective will be essential when we develop a strategic plan later this year and ask questions such as "what is biofeedback ?" I am looking forward to working with John for another year as he serves as immediate past president. I would also like to thank outgoing Board member Barb Peavey, who taught me to speak my piece and stand my ground!
Election News
AAPB Elections were recently held (thanks to those who voted) and we have two new additions to the Board. First, Dr. Gabe Tan moved from Board member to assume the responsibilities of President-elect. Besides numerous other contributions, Gabe was responsible for the AAPB program in San Diego. He deserves a lot of thanks for an outstanding program. Since Dr. Tan was an existing Board member, an opening was created. After discussions, the Board  unanimously recommended that Jeff Bolek, a president-elect candidate, be asked to fill the role. I am happy to say that he has accepted this role and I welcome his contributions to AAPB. Finally, Dr. Maria Karavidas was elected as the new Board member at-large. Maria is currently at Robert Woods Johnson Medical School where, as many of you know, she conducts clinical research hat has made significant contributions to the field.
There were also a number of changes in committee, section and division chairs. The entire list of leadership during my presidency in 2010-2011 will soon be available. I would like to thank them all for stepping forward when it is easy to ignore the need.
Welcome aboard to all. As a group, I expect us to do great things for AAPB.
New Goals Ahead
On behalf of AAPB in 2010 and 2011, there will be a number of goals we will be pursuing. Chief among these goals is to develop a strategic plan based on the recent membership survey (thanks to all those who responded); other internal and external stakeholder expectations; as well as our strengths, weaknesses,  barriers to and opportunities for growth. My initial goals are designed to strengthen current activities and position the association for rapid and sustained growth. Here are some of my overarching goals I will be working toward for the Association during the year:
Facilitate the Development and Implementation of an AAPB Strategic Plan
The goal is to have the strategic plan completed in September or Early October. The plan will be reported to the membership and implementation will begin immediately. I welcome your feedback at any point of this very important strategic planning process. Draft documents will be posted for comments and suggestions.
Everything that can be accomplished by AAPB is directly tied to the number of active members we have. I cannot overestimate how important this is to all of us. Therefore, I am asking each of you to recruit one member during the next year. Have your nominee inform the office who referred them because I would like to list both names in upcoming newsletters. I am also looking to acknowledge these new members in New Orleans in some special way as well.
All AAPB members should be BCIA board certified in biofeedback, neurofeedback or both. The biofeedback field will continue to struggle to become a recognized health care intervention until we can demonstrate that we have a credential to protect the public that is consistent with the best certification process available. By doing this, we not only protect the public, but stave off other medical professions that covet what has been developed by AAPB, ISNR and BCIA. Obviously, it does not do the field any good to have members of the professional association refusing to be certified and/or belittling the process. I liken this to shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to accept that the BCIA Board  is trying to do what is right for the consumer, as well as the profession. We should support and encourage the BCIA process in every way.
Toward this end, I will be strongly encouraging all Board  members and committee/section chairs to become certified if they are not currently certified. I will ask those that are, to encourage others to do so and to promote the credential whenever feasible. In recent years, BCIA has created a path to certification based upon prior experience. I encourage those of you who are not certified to check out using this process. I will ask the Program Committee for the annual meeting in New Orleans to work with BCIA to identify education sessions that could be beneficial for members needing a refresher course to prepare for the exam. If you do not use Biofeedback with clients, but you are a psychophysiological researcher, then BCIA has a special category for certification with specific criteria in place.
Meaningful Committees
Members are the backbone of committees. Without your help and support AAPB committees become stagnant. Another goal therefore, is to create more active sections and committees. This means I need your help. Unfortunately we have too few volunteers to get work done. We need you to volunteer. Volunteer Today
Increase Chapter Affiliates
I hope to provide a mechanism for members to understand how to start a chapter affiliate, their purposes and the benefits to both the Chapter and AAPB. The goal for this year is to create at least 3 more Chapter Affiliates. Here is a list of the current Chapters.

This year, how about it? New Orleans/Louisiana , New York, California, Washington state and DC, Arizona, Canada, Europe etc.; if you are a leader or want to be involved in starting a chapter in these and other areas please contact me.  We will provide the support needed to get started. Besides helping the field, you can help yourself by learning important organizational skills. I started a chapter affiliate in another association and learned a number of skills that have helped in my professional career,  including this presidency.

Budget Strength
Every attempt will be made to increase revenue and decrease expenses. This will be a consistent theme throughout my tenure as President, as I am intent on building upon the Association's budget strength. The Board  and national office has recommended some great ideas and I would love to hear ideas about ways to meet this goal from you as well.

Strengthen Collaborations with Organizational Constituencies
The goal is to identify areas where collaboration will help with the understanding and growth of psychophysiology and biofeedback. For instance, a White Paper on the state of the art could be developed and used to educate legislators and others about biofeedback's role in health promotion and disease prevention as well as treatment.
  • Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
  • BFE Biofeedback Foundation of Europe
  • IOP International Organization for Psychophysiology
  • ISNR International Society for Neuronal Regulation
Increase involvement of Younger AAPB Members
We cannot survive without youth in our membership. Help us recruit and mentor young clinicians and researchers. A number of organizational benefits are available to students, and the AAPB Board  is open to hearing more ways to increase younger members. One way is to include students or young clinicians on a committee.

Ingrain technology into the fabric of AAPB. We are all about technology and therefore as an association reflect this in our activities. Thus, I will ask committee chairs, section heads and Board  members to seek ways to include technology to improve organizational communication, effectiveness, and efficiency. Last year a Facebook page was created (be sure to be a friend and pass the word), and this year we are pursuing bi-monthly e-newsletters and webinars in real and virtual worlds.
"Saying and doing have quarreled and parted" -Ben Franklin
 Often I heard it said "I would help but I am not sure what to do." Well, here are some specific things you can do in 2010 to make a difference:
  • Be a member of AAPB and support a section or division.
  • Get certified if you are not. Promote certification when you are.
  • Recruit one (young?) member during 2010.
  • Volunteer to be on a committee.
  • Donate to the AAPB Foundation for research and other important activities.
  • Do one presentation to key stake holders on the status of psychophysiology and Biofeedback during the year. In the near future we will have materials, PowerPoint™, video clips and handouts available from AAPB to do your presentation. While doing so, perhaps you can recruit a new member.

Finally, in each newsletter we plan to print the names of new members along with the person who recruited them. At the next conference in New Orleans (yeah, Mardi Gras!), we will announce the results. The person who recruits the most members will be awarded a nice gift from AAPB to show our appreciation. Here is a hint how to win: Start a chapter affiliate and get everyone to join!
I am honored to be your president and look forward to a great year.

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
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Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-0024
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Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB since February, 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.   
RiaQueen Abelon, BCB, Everett, WA
Susan Agerskov, Vejle, Denmark
Katie Bhogal, PsyD, BCB, Ardmore, PA
Gretta Joy Breayley,  Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Lee Burki, Gig Harbor, WA
Troy Burki, Gig Harbor, WA
Patricia Edith Campos Coy, PhD, Mexico City, Mexico
Lanice Chappell, MS, LPC, College Station, TX
Paul Chin, Bukit, Jambul, Penang, Malaysia
Isaac Dekker,  Sydney, NSW, Australia
Brenda Elliott, Santa Rosa, CA
Ellen Gehrke,  San Diego, CA
Simcha Goldberg, MSSP, Cedarhurst, NY
Cynthia Gonzmart,  Tampa, FL
Laurie Green,  Yucaipa, CA
Joshua Haddock, Bakersfield, CA
Rainbow Ho, PhD, BC-DMT, CMA, Hong Kong
Carlyle Hooff, Lewes, DE
Amy Hudson, PhD, LPC, CCAP, Jackson, MS
Cara Iadarola, ATR Poolesville MD
Missy Irvin,  Noblesville, IN
Cynthia Johanson,  Calgary, AB, Canada
Jonathan Kohler, Brentwood, TN
Scheherazade Madan,  Orange, CA
Tami Maes, MS, LRT, BCB, Raleigh, NC
Julie Major, PsyD, Bellingham, WA
Anton Manyak,  Redmond, WA
Laura Mayerl, PT, BCB, Colorado Springs, CO
Jacalyn McComb, PhD, Lubbock, TX
David McCulloh, PhD, Cupertino, CA
Mary McFadden,  Redmond, WA
Denise McGuire, PhD, Denver, CO
Ruth Montouri,  Santee, CA
Christina Rappin,  Olympia, WA
Susan Rhodes, RN, MS, MFT, Pleasanton, CA
Anthony Scrafton,  London, United Kingdom
Paula Sigafus, MA, BCIA, Carlsbad, CA
Henley Sims,  Austin, TX
Mary Ann Sinclair, Seattle, WA
Nischal Singh, BDSc (Melb), FAACP, Sydenham, Victoria, Australia
Wayne Spence, NMD, MBA, BCIA-EEG, Mesa, AZ
Ann Vogel,  San Mateo, CA
Charlene Wolf,  Orange, CA
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