Doctoral Specialization in Psychophysiology

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This is the program for you if you want to become a professional in

Psychophysiological Self-Regulation

Join our unique distance based (with several weeks of in-person training) Doctoral Program in In Psychology with a specialization in Applied Psychophysiology

You learn from your home / office by watching lectures and participating in live seminars and classes as well as getting together three times per year for lots of hands-on work and bonding.

This is where you learn about biofeedback; neurofeedback; optimal functioning in sports and education; and psychophysiological assessment and interventional techniques to enhance optimal functioning and control dysfunctions leading to such problems as pain headache, stress, ADHD, and lots more.

A unique program: This is the only doctoral program in applied psychophysiology in the world at this time. It meets the guidelines for doctoral programs in applied psychophysiology set by our international professional organization – Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Psychophysiology & Applied Psychophysiology

Description: bfb ther 006Psychophysiology is the branch of psychology centering on the physiological bases of human psychological processes. It is the study of the biological bases of behavior among humans. Applied psychophysiology is the subspecialty of psychophysiology which uses knowledge of the biological bases of various behaviors in conjunction with various psychological techniques to help people optimize their behaviors. Applied psychophysiologists are psychologists who develop and use psychological interventions based on such areas as behavioral genetics, hormonal influence on behavior, individual differences in perception, and abnormal physiological patterns to assist clients to recognize and alter problems caused by these biological underpinnings. Common psychophysiological intervention techniques include biofeedback, relaxation training, entrainment, hypnosis, and many others.

This program teaches students to assess and assist both (a) reasonably well functioning people to perform better through behavioral control of their physiological systems and (b) people “sick” from dysfunctions of physiological systems. Students in our program learn to be research oriented psychophysiologists who know how to use knowledge of biological bases of behavior to assess their clients’ behavioral and physical problems and then correct them through the use of psychophysiologically oriented behavioral interventions.

How you learn

The students in our hybrid distance (about 90% and in person (about 10%) learn by attending (1) pre-recorded lectures, (2) in-person laboratories and lectures three times per year (for about a week each), and (3) live – real time – seminars during which students and instructors can see and hear each other. They read texts and articles as well. Students also have access to their instructors through email and phone. Students have access to a comprehensive on-line library.

This is what a live seminar looks like

The “screen shot” to the right shows an instructor and three students interacting in real time while looking at discussion material on their screens. Students are treated as colleagues so there is plenty of exchange of ideas. Our dissertation planning seminars are especially interactive as our students join their ideas to build better research projects. To see what our “prerecorded” lectures look like, control/click the link to watch one:

Description: C:\Users\Richard\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\7D9PIKT7\IMG_8794.JPGIn-person training laboratories: Our students and faculty gather three times per year for in-person “hands-on” training in psychophysiological assessment and intervention techniques.

Who we are: An international group of students – nearly all entering the program with masters degrees – who provide lots of mutual support and friendship during live meetings on line and in- person training experiences. They include PhDs, masters level psychologists, counselors, MDs, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, nurses, and many others.

About Saybrook University

Saybrook University is accredited by the Senior Colleges and Universities Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSUC).
Saybrook provides rigorous graduate education that inspires transformational change in individuals, organizations, and communities, toward a just, humane, and sustainable world.

For further information about the program:



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