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Tenure Track position in the Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab

Sept/Oct 2012 Newsletter

Basic Re-Training

In February 2008, the Training for Optimal Performance (TOP) program began at ECU under the direction of Dr. Carmen Russoniello, associate professor in the College of Health and Human Performance and director of ECU's Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic.

Marines and Navy Corpsmen from nearby Camp Lejeune are participating in the TOP program to help with PTSD and TBI.

Water B. Cannon Graduate Scholarship
East Carolina University's Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic awards the Water B. Cannon Scholarship to graduate students who exemplify his commitment to innovation, science and intellectual curiosity. The award is intended to help students further their psychophysiological and biofeedback education. Each year one student will be selected to receive the award. 
2006 - Ms. Shannon Paton
2005 - Ms. Tami Maes

Link to Walter B. Cannon History

Hands on workshop Spring 2006. We hosted our first hands on workshop and it was a tremendous success. Participants traveled from western North Carolina and South Carolina to attend an all day hands on learning experience. We plan on continuing these workshops on an anual basis. Check out some pictures we took during the fun! image 1 image 2 image 3

East Carolina University Has Developed a Graduate Certificate in Biofeedback
Due to many requests East Carolina University has developed a Graduate Certificate in Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. To obtain a certificate (not a certification), a student must complete twelve hours of specific study including the biofeedback course and lab. Please contact us or more information.

Student Feedback:
It has been a year since the three of us enrolled in your video-conferenced biofeedback course. I want you to know we continue to feel well prepared by your instruction, the exercises, tests, and readings. What is reassuring was when the Director, of the Biofeedback Institute of America tells us we have been well led and advised toward meeting their stringent requirements. You demonstrated a breadth of understanding of both the fundamentals of biofeedback and also its possibilities and non-standard applications. The university is fortunate to have someone with your level of expertise in this multidisciplinary field of biofeedback.
- George Patrick, Ph.D.
  Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center
  National Institutes of Health
  Class of 2002

"At first, I was not sure Biofeedback would work for me; I was a skeptic. However, I knew I was facing major surgery and wanted a way to control my stress. After my transplant surgery, I experienced congestive heart failure and due to my "mask" phobia I would not allow the doctors to replace my nose tube oxygen with a face mask. The doctors told me that if I did not use the mask, which would enable me to receive 100% oxygen, they would have to insert a breathing tube. I did not like the idea of yet another tube inserted into my body, so I decided to try to use the stress-reducing techniques I learned in Biofeedback class. I concentrated on my breathing, instead of on the situation at hand, and thank goodness it worked! I really did have the power to control my mind in an intense situation and the practice I had in class helped me fine-tune that power."
- Elizabeth Class of 2001

"I found the Biofeedback course to comprehensive and well grounded. It certainly met my needs for my career as a certified biofeedback practitioner".
- Judy Carlson-Catalano, Ed.D., APRN, BCIAC
  Class of 2001

"I'm a Biofeedback Practitioner! I own and direct Capital Biofeedback, Inc. of Raleigh, NC!" ECU's Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab offers the courses required to sit for BCIA's national certification exam. Not only was I able to obtain the didactic education I needed, I was given the opportunity to work directly under Dr. Russoniello as the Lab's Graduate Research Assistant for 2 years; assisting and presenting at conferences, organizing workshops, and even teaching sections of the Biofeedback class! I continue to benefit from my experience at ECU as endless opportunities arise." Tami Maes, MS, BCIA-C, class of 2006