Faculty Profile: Donald Moss

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Donald Moss

School: Mind-Body Medicine

Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, at the Saybrook University in San Francisco. He is past-president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, current treasurer and certification chair for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, a SCEH delegate to the International Society for Hypnosis, a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and an advisory board member for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health.

Dr. Moss is chief editor of the Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage Publications, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood Press, 1998), and chief editor of Biofeedback: A Clinical Journal, and consulting editor for Journal of Neurotherapy, Psychophysiology Today, and Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on consciousness, psychophysiology, spirituality in health, and integrative medicine. His newest book, Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), provides an approach to integrating life style and behavioral changes into professional treatment for health and mental health problems.

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

  • (February 2007). Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health. Workshop for the Biofeedback Federation of Europe, Salzburg, Austria.
  • (February, 2007). Foundation of Mind Body Practice. Workshop for the University of Lublin, Poland.
  • (March, 2007). The Interface between Hypnosis and Biofeedback. Workshop with Eric Willmarth for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Chicago, Illinois.
  • (May, 2007). Foundation of General Biofeedback. Workshop for the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • (May, 2007). Moderator, Symposium on Student Research in Psychophysiology, for the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

  • Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Duquesne University, Dec. 1984
  • M.A. in clinical psychology, Duquesne University, May 1974
  • 2 diplomas--German language,literature, sociology, University of Vienna Summer School, 1972, 1974
  • B.S. in international relations, Georgetown University, May 1971

Current Projects and Professional Activities

 1. Director, Integrative Health Studies, Saybrook Graduate School. 2. Vice President, Psychological Services Centers, providing behavioral health services in Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan. 3. Chief Editor, Biofeedback Magazine (1993 to 2007). 4. Chief Editor, White Paper Series on the Efficacy of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, Association for Applied Psychophyiology and Biofeedback and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. 5. Associate Editor, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 6. Consulting Editor, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Journal of Neurotherapy, and Psychophysiology Today. 7. Co-developer of software suite for the monitoring and retraining of heart rate variability and respiratory physiology.

Current Publications

Moss, D., McGrady, A., Davies, T., & Wickramasekera, I. (Eds.). (2006). Podrecznik: Medycyny umystu i ciata (Translated into Polish by J. Wasovicz-Sztembis & R. Sztembis). Poland: Publication of Biofeedback-Polska.


Moss, D., McGrady, A., Davies, T., & Wickramasekera, I., (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of mind-body medicine in primary care. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Moss, D. (Ed.). (1998). Humanistic and transpersonal psychology: An historical and biographical sourcebook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.


Moss, D., & Moss, N. (1987). (Translation). O. F. Bollnow, Crisis and new beginning: Contributions to a pedagogical anthropology. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.








Important Conference Presentations

# Moss, D. (2007, October). Mixed paradigms: Reflections on mind-body clinical practice. In Symposium on clinical practice and its place in contemporary culture. Conference on Qualitative Research and Clinical Practice in Contemporary Culture, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. # Moss, D. (Chair & Presenter). (2007, March). Automated psychophysiological assessment in clinical practice. In Symposium on advances in physiological monitoring and assessment. Annual meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, Berlin, Germany. # Moss, D. (2006, March). Mind-body therapies for fibromyalgia. Paper in symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Portland, Oregon. # Moss, D. (2005, April). Moving from the clinic into life and the larger world. In J. Kamiya (Chair). A glance forward: The future of biofeedback. Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Colorado Springs, CO. # Moss, D. (2005, February). Psychophysiological psychotherapy: Biofeedback and biological monitoring in psychotherapy. Invited address to the annual meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, Hasselt, Belgium.

Research Interests

Donald Moss is interested in the development of new technologies and new therapeutic strategies for medical and behavioral disorders, using breath training and heart rate variability biofeedback. In addition, he is a clinical consultant applying mind-body strategies for chronic pain disorders and stress related disorders.

Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

1. Chair, Student Research Symposium at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Daytona Beach, Florida, May, 2008, with two Saybrook students represented, Heather Dermyer and Mark Malay. 2. Chaired Student Research Symposium at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Monterey, California, March, 2007, with three Saybrook dissertations represented, Dorothy Mandel, Leila Kozac, and Denise Voss. 2. Recruited student Carolyn Laine as collaborative researcher for white paper on biofeedback treatment for urinary incontinence, paper published in journal, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and to be published in book collection.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling