Dr. Russoniello, Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University and founder ECU's Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and of the Max Ray Joyner, Sr. Biofeedback Lab, has over 25 years experience in HRV research and education. He is past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. Dr. Russoniello has served as a scientific consultant for a HRV product development company for more that 20 years. He received several DoD grants to develop remote HRV telemedicine applications and to create tecnologically based stress reduction interventions. Dr. Russoniello developed and taught biofeedback courses at ECU that specialized in HRV. He used HRV clinically for prediction, prevention, intervention and as an outcome indicator in health and human performance. He is a decorated Marine combat veteran who has suffered with PTSD and used HRV biofeedback techniques to help himself and other returning combat veterans. In 2015 Dr. Russoniello was recipient of the Governor James E. Holshouser Award, the UNC's Sytem's highest award given for service.
Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health and Human Services within the discipline of Recreational Therapy at California State University – Sacramento. She is a board member of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Her research interests include the use of biofeedback within the mental health and veteran populations.
Dr. Saul is a Visiting Teaching Professor at Florida International University in the Rehabilitation and Recreational Therapy Program. She’s also the Past President of the North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association. Amelia’s research interests include examining anxiety and depression in college students, assessing effectiveness of evidence-based stress management techniques, utilizing biofeedback technology to assess coping mechanisms, and implementation of prevention mechanisms for people with a family history of cardiovascular disease.
With a background in research and regulatory affairs, Dr. Bart-Knauer served the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in areas ranging from: protection of research participants as Special Projects Scientist with the Office of Research Protections; Senior Clinical Consultant and Pain & Brain Domain Manager with the Telemedicine and Advanced Technologies Research Center (TATRC); Chief Scientist for TATRC-South; Science Officer and Senior Clinical Consultant for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program; and member of NATO’s Research Technology Group-Human Factors and Medicine Panel. She has received numerous awards to include: Commander’s Award and Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service; Certificate for Outstanding Performance in Support of Military Operational Medicine; and Certificate of Recognition by the U.S Army Surgeon General for work with The Medical Department Regiment. A military spouse, her interest in HRV stems from a deep commitment to further technologies that assist military service members and Veterans.
Dr. Ginsberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist/ Neuropsychologist in South Carolina after retiring from the Columbia (SC) VA hospital in 2019. He is currently adjunct faculty at Saybrook University (departments of Applied Psychophysiology, Clinical Psychology, and Research) and Research Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Ginsberg has been a PI, Co-PI or Co-I on research grants from the DoD, VA, and NIH studying heart rate variability (HRV) and HRV biofeedback in patients with either chronic pain or PTSD.
Dr. Gidron is Prof of health psychology at the faculty of health sciences, university of Haifa, Israel. He specializes in neurocognitive modulation of health and illness. Specifically he focuses on 1. the protective role of the vagal nerve in health and illness, 2. effects of hemispheric lateralization on health. 3. Health promotion using psychological inoculation, 4. PTSD prevention using a neuroscience based method He has over 130 scientific articles and is on the editorial board of 4 scientific journals. He believes in using health research as a bridge between people and countries.