Letter to APA regarding qEEG

This letter has been sent to the American Psychological Association because they have for so long seemly ignored a growing number of psychologists who provide neurofeedback and QEEGs to people who have many disorders , often, disorders that were”incurable”.

Our organization needs to provide information regarding the types of training/treatment that has been proven  over and over to help clients that have severe impediments to their lives.  If you feel similarly and would like to either sign this letter or write your own, it may cause some movement in APA and the Monitor to recognize the services we provide.

Merlyn Hurd PhD;BCIAC/EEG Fellow
Editor of NeuroConnections the ISNR/AAPB Neurofeedback division

Letter to APA regarding qEEG – March 09 2009

James H Bray PhD, President APA
Rhea K. Farberman, Executive Editor Monitor on Psychology
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Dear Drs. Bray and Farberman,

Imagine the excitement of seeing “Brain Imaging” on the front of the Monitor for the March 2009 edition.  Finally, the APA is writing about QEEGs (quantitative electroencephalograms) and the types of work that is being done by thousands of psychologists in the neurofeedback world.

No, the first article is “A pacemaker for your brain?” which reviews the effect of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of depression.  The second article “From the Research Lab” informed us about implanting electrodes on the surface of the brain to pinpoint where to surgically remove parts of the brain to correct the disorder from which the client was suffering.  The instrument discussed is fMRI. Perhaps I have not been keeping up with the areas of scope of practice for psychologists but this falls under medical procedures and few psychologists can afford an fMRI machine in their private office.  Yes, many psychologists work with fMRI’s in hospital settings, still it is a small number compared to the number of psychologists/neurofeedback therapists in the United States.

It is time the APA and the Monitor recognize the value of the thousands of psychologists around the world and approximately 3000 in the USA who use non invasive imaging techniques and treatments/training to reduce/eliminate epilepsy, traumatic brain injury; depression; ADHD;  and a host of other disorders.  As you probably know, early on, neurofeedback was, studied and researched in psychology laboratories,and is based on the principles of operant conditioning, which is a major area of development and focus for psychologists (beginning with its founder, psychologist B.F. Skinner) Some of the most seminal research in brain imaging and neurofeedback was and is conducted by psychologists ( for example Barry Sterman, Ph.D whose research led to the validity of neurofeedback, Joel Lubar, Ph.D. and Robert Thatcher, Ph.D.)Also early studies by Steven S. Fox, Ph.D. ( Univ. of Iowa, dept of psychology) with his 1967-1971 EEG/EP operant conditioning studies in cats and humans as well as Peter Rosenfeld, Ph.D. and Alan Rudell, Ph.D. who also published rigorous scientific studies on EEG/EP biofeedback in the late 1960s and early 1970s need to be recognized.

Do not be persuaded by the American Neurolog ical Academy’s viewpoint that QEEGs are not valid.  Recently, in a court case in NY State the QEEG was admitted as meeting Daubert criteria. This is one of many in the United States courts that have admitted QEEG’S as part of the defense.   It submitted thousands of studies using QEEG to verify its validity. The criterion used to locate the studies were computerized analysis of QEEG results. Also do not be persuaded that the Neurofeedback training is not valid, especially, when hundreds of studies have shown excellent outcomes.  These studies have been published in numerous journals.

Furthermore, Carl U. Weitman, Phd., F. BCIA-EEG chaired a liaison task force from 1995-97 between APA and AAPB that resulted in the APA practice directorate and APA council recognizing neurofeedback and QEEG as proficiencies within the scope of psychology; applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.  Among the results, state boards aligned their views with those of the practice directorate. In the interim, the practice code  90876 came to be “Psychophysiological Psychotherapy.
Perhaps you could see to having an edition that looks at Brain Imaging that employs the techniques that psychologists use and the training that they employ guided by those images and interpretations which are against normative databases.

Please log on to isnr. org; aapb.org; skiltopo.com and appliedneuroscience.com to review the studies, member’s lists and activities of these professional organizations.

Thank you for your kind attention to this letter.


Merlyn Hurd PhD; BCIAC/EEG Fellow
Editor of NeuroConnections.. ISNR/AAPB Neurofeedback division Newsletter
Gerald Gluck Ph.D     Marvin H. Berman Ph.D.       Laurence R. Lewis Ph.D.
Alfred Collins Ph.D.  BCIA-EEG     Anne Ward Steven Ph.D.    David Cantor Ph.D.

Merlyn Hurd PhD; BCIAC/EEG Fellow
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1 thought on “Letter to APA regarding qEEG”

  1. Congratulations on such a valuable contribution to qEEG. The Renaissence for qEEG is here and it is time for people to listen. If we can support in Australia please let us know.
    Nerida Saunders
    President Applied Neuroscience of Australasia

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