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Psychophysiology is the field where psychology and human physiology blend to delineate how the body and mind interact to produce behavior. Our doctoral specialization in psychophysiology is a hybrid program that is oriented toward physiological impacts on specific behavioral, functional, and health problems as well as ways to use behavioral approaches to influence physiological functioning. Students interested in academics, optimal functioning coaching, and clinical work utilizing this approach tend to orient toward the psychophysiology specialization in our psychology doctoral program.

Students graduate from the psychophysiology program with a degree in psychology specializing in psychophysiology. The concept of a doctorate in psychology is well understood and recognized by virtually every governmental, academic, and clinical institution.

This program attracts innovative people who intend to advance the field through research and leadership. We are quite collegial in nature as students are expected to work with each other and add information from their own areas of expertise to each course. Most of our students are relatively senior with nearly all having licenses / academic credentials at the masters level or above (present and past students include Ph.D.s, DDS, MDs).

Our doctoral program meets all of the requirements for doctoral programs in applied psychophysiology set by the field's professional organization – The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). Our courses are accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) toward certification and recertification. Our students can be eligible for all BCIA certifications (including general biofeedback, EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback, Pelvic Muscle Disorders biofeedback, and HRV biofeedback) depending on which electives and training site concentrations they elect to take.

The depth of knowledge in the theory and practice of applied psychophysiology gained through the combination of courses, seminars, research, and practicum which constitute the degree is unparalleled. Our graduates are true professional applied psychophysiologists who use a unique combination of assessment and applied approaches to effectively assess, track, and treat dozens of disorders, performance related problems, and educational problems. In addition, the program offers strong foundation in psychology, further enhancing our students’ knowledge and skills.

As students progress through our program they will have an opportunity to interact with many of the leaders in our field. Our teaching philosophy centers on the idea that our students are professionals and should be treated as such. Thus, students can expect to be on a first name basis with their instructors and – of considerable importance – we anticipate that students will be able to add to the program’s fund of knowledge as they bring their own sets of experiences to bear on the material they are learning. We anticipate that students will gain a sense of community and competency in the field as they advance it through their research and, eventually, clinical work using their new skills.