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Dr. Carmen Russoniello

Dr. Carmen Russoniello, PhD., LRT, LPC, BCB, BCN
Director, Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic

B.A., M.S., Eastern Washington University;
Ph.D., Gonzaga University

Curriculum Vita

Recent Publications

Speaking Biography

Carmen Russoniello, PhD, LRT, LPC, BCB, BCN has more than 20 years of clinical experience as a therapist/counselor as well as a researcher on the effects of gaming and biofeedback on stress related medical disorders. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic at East Carolina University and serves as scientific advisor to Biocom Technologies. Dr Russoniello is a fellow in both general and neurofeedback from the Biofeedback Certification Association of America (BCIA) and is a past member of this board where he served as chair of the ethics committee. Dr Russoniello is also past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is past president of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Dr. Russoniello teaches undergraduate and graduate biofeedback courses through a first of its kind global classroom initiative and directs a biofeedback program for Wounded Warrior Marines at Camp Lejeune. The novel biofeedback intervention involves EEG and heart rate variability (HRV) feedback and includes the use of virtual reality. Dr. Russoniello is himself a former Marine machine gunner and decorated Vietnam combat veteran. Personal Interest include; Running (13 marathons including Boston x2) dogs, fishing and gardening.

Dr. Russoniello’s psychophysiological research on video games, mood, and stress has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Wired Magazine, CNN, BBC, Ladies Home Journal, Women’s World, Web MD and numerous other publications. His previous research on the physiological and biochemical aspects of recreation participation has been included in the President’s Council on Physical Activity and his research on the prevalence and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children after natural disasters has been cited in a number of government publications including the Department of Ecology and the Veterans Administration’s Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Contact Information:

Carmen V. Russoniello, PhD., LRT, LPC, BCB, BCN
Professor and Director,
Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
East Carolina University
Carol Belk Building Suite 2501
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-0024
Fax: 252-328-4642

Matthew Fish

Matthew T. Fish, M.S., BCB, LRT, CTRS

B.S., East Carolina University;
M.S., East Carolina University

Mr. Matthew Fish successfully completed his doctoral comprehensive exams this past summer.  This academic year, Mr. Fish will finish data collection for his dissertation, as well as, propose and defend his dissertation.  Additionally, Mr. Fish accepted a position in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies as a Teaching Instructor, teaching Stress Management and the Advanced Biofeedback Course.  This semester Mr. Fish will also complete requirements for his Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) credential.  Lastly, Mr. Fish will be presenting research at three conferences this year.

Ruth-Ann Styron

Ruth-Ann Styron, B.S., CTRS

B.S., East Carolina University;

Ruth-Ann Styron, CTRS, is working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the East Carolina University Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic. She is studying to earn a master of science in recreational therapy administration. In the ECU Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic, Ruth-Ann works with participants in the Wounded Warrior Project utilizing general biofeedback modalities. She has spent time as a supervised biofeedback assistant working with children with behavioral and emotional disorders utilizing general biofeedback modalities at Pathways to Life, Inc in Greenville, NC.

Holly Paton

Holly A. Paton, B.S., BCB, CTRS

B.S., East Carolina University;

Holly Paton, B.S., graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy. Through her undergraduate degree, she has taken Biofeedback courses and has worked in ECU's Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab. Since graduating, Holly has started pursuing a master's degree in Recreational Therapy Administration and a licensure in counseling. She has become Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB) and continues to work in ECU's Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab as the program coordinator of ECU's Warrior Training Program. Holly will soon be conducting a study researching the effectiveness of biofeedback services (specifically Heart Rate Variability training) in reducing symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the military population.

Brent Laing

Brenton Laing, B.S., B.A.

B.S., Virginia Tech;
B.A., Virginia Tech


Brenton Laing is working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the East Carolina University Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab. Mr. Laing’s research focus is the behavioral, physiological, and ecological impacts of the stress response from a systems perspective using performance measures, electrophysiological measures, and bioassay methods. Overall Mr. Laing’s research is guided by a desire to uncover the utility of arousal and affective control, its impact on disorder progression, and its potential for self-improvement. “Can you be better than you are right now?” is the rhetorical question that drives his research.


Tori Pinchuk, B.S., LRT/CTRS
B.S., East Carolina University


Tori Pinchuk, LRT/CTRS, is an alumna from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. Currently, Ms. Pinchuk is a first year master’s student in the Recreational Therapy Administration Program and is enrolled in the Advanced Biofeedback course. Ms. Pinchuk works in the Center for Applied Psychophysiology as a Graduate Research Assistant. Furthermore, Ms. Pinchuk will be assisting in general biofeedback services for Wounded Warrior Marines at Camp Lejuene.

Arianna WilliamsArianna Williams, BSBA
BSBA, East Carolina University

Arianna Williams, B.S.B.A, graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Through her undergraduate degree, she has worked in ECU’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology since graduating, Ms. Williams has been hired to coordinate activities that are related to a new Department of Defense grant. Ms. Williams will also assist with budget, supervising students, scheduling and preparing reports for agency. Ms. Williams is also the main contact for the Center for Applied Psychophysiology.

Ms. Dominique Clemmons-James

Dominiquie M. Clemmons-James, M.S., NCC, LPCA
B.A., Winthrop University
M.S., UNC Greensboro


Dominiquie M. Clemmons-James is a recipient of the Operation Reentry North Carolina Doctoral Research Fellowship and a Biofeedback student. Ms. Clemmons- James is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling Administration. Ms. Clemmons- James doctoral research consists of utilizing Biofeedback with military service members in order to combat the symptoms of PTSD. Currently Ms. Clemmons-James assists in providing biofeedback services to the Wounded Warriors at Camp Lejeune and is involved with data collection for an HRV study.