Faculty Profile: Donald Moss

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Donald Moss

Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University. There he has built training programs in clinical hypnosis, biofeedback, integrative mental health, and integrative and functional nutrition in the School of Mind-Body Medicine. He has supervised psychophysiological dissertation research at Saybrook for over a decade on the influence of hypnosis, imagery, and other mind-body strategies on physiology, as well as research on a variety of other topics in behavioral medicine.

He previously served for 30 years as a partner and Vice-President of the Psychological Services Center, LC, providing behavioral health and integrative healthcare services in Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon, and Allendale, Michigan.

Dr. Moss has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), and president of the Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback.

He is a delegate for Division 30 to APA's Council of Representatives. He is currently in his second term as treasurer for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), is a delegate to the International Society for Hypnosis, and served in the past as program chair for AAPB and workshop co-chair for SCEH. He is also a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), and on the advisory board for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health. He is an ASCH approved training consultant in clinical hypnosis, and holds the SCEH hypnosis certification.
Dr. Moss is a Fellow of SCEH, a Fellow of the Michigan Psychological Association, and a Senior Fellow in general biofeedback and neurofeedback of the BCIA.

He is co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998). He currently has a new book under contract for Springer with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative pathways: Navigating chronic illness with a mind-body-spirit approach.
For 22 years, he has served as chief editor of Biofeedback: A Clinical Journal, a quarterly publication and has edited a number of special issues on hypnosis, pediatric applications, and related topics. He has been an associate editor or consulting editor for the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the Journal of Neurotherapy, Psychophysiology Today, and other journals. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters on psychophysiology, spirituality, health, and integrative medicine. His most recent chapter is titled The Use of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Pediatric Care, in a new volume on Functional Disorders in Pediatrics (Springer, 2014).


Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Moss, D. (2015, March).  Psychophysiological approaches to challenging and chronic cases.  Symposium at the for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Austin, TX.

Moss, D. (2015, March).  Applications of heart rate variability biofeedback for optimal performance in sports, the arts, and beyond.  Symposium at the for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Austin, TX.

Shaffer, F., & Moss, D.  (2015, March ).  Heart Rate Variability Certificate of Completion workshop.  Workshop at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Austin, TX.

Moss, D. (2014, October).  Ethical principles and practice standards for clinical neurofeedback.  Workshop at the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, San Diego, CA.

Moss, D. (2014, October).  From Mandrake the Magician to the Grateful Dead to shamanic healing:  The hypnotic journey of Stanley Krippner. Presentation in symposium at Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, San Antonio, TX.

Moss, D. (2014, October).  Heart rate variability biofeedback as an adjunct to hypnosis-based therapies. Presentation in symposium at Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, San Antonio, TX.

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

  • Chair, School of Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook University 
  • Chief  Editor, Biofeedback Magazine (1993 to 2015)
  • Council of Representatives, American Psychological Association
  • Treasurer, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • Delegate to International Society of Hypnosis
  • International Chair, Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology and Psychophysiology Today

Current Publications



McGrady, A., & Moss, D. (in preparation).  Integrative pathways:  Navigating chronic illness with a mind-body-spirit approach.  New York, NY: Springer.

McGrady, A., & Moss, D.  (2013).  Pathways to illness, pathways to health. New York, NY: Springer.

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.

Articles, Chapters

Moss, D. (in preparation).  Ego strengthening approaches in hypnotically assisted psychotherapy. In G. Elkins (Ed.), Clinician’s guide to medical and psychological hypnosis: Foundations, applications, and professional issues.  New York, NY: Springer.

Moss, D.  (in press).  Anxiety and anxiety disorders.  In F. Shaffer (Ed.), Evidence-based treatment in biofeedback and neurofeedback.  Wheat Ridge, CO:  Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Moss, D. (in press).  Book review of Susan Gordon (editor), Neurophenomenology and Its Applications to Psychology. In The Humanistic Psychologist..

Moss, D. (in press).  Book review of Jeffrey K. Zeig, The induction of hypnosis: An Ericksonian elicitation approach. In PsycCRITIQUES.

Moss, D. (in press).  A soldier’s journey. Personal mythology as a pathway for healing. Journal of the Anthropology of Consciousness.

Moura, V. L., & Moss, D. (in press). Jaguar Medicine: A qualitative study of healing and transformation. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.

Peper, E., Shumay, D.M., Moss, D., Sztembis, R., & Takebayashi, N. (2014).The power of words, biofeedback, and somatic feedback to impact illness beliefs.  Japanese Journal of Biofeedback Research, 41(2), 69-76.

Moss, D. (2014). The use of biofeedback and neurofeedback in pediatric care.  In R. Anbar (Ed.), Functional disorders in pediatrics: A clinical guide (pp. 285-303). New York: Springer.

Moss, D. (2014).  The roots and geneology of humanistic psychology. In K. J. Schneider, J. Fraser Pierson, & J. F. T. Bugental (Eds.), The handbook of humanistic psychology (2nd edition) (pp. 3-18).  New York, NY: Springer.

Peper, E., Shumay, D.M., Moss, D. & Sztembis, R. (2013)). The power of words, biofeedback, and somatic feedback to impact illness beliefs. Somatics, 18, 4-8.

Shaffer, F., Crawford, J., & Moss, D. (2013). BCIA launches a heart rate variability certificate of completion. Biofeedback, 41(1), 4-6.

Peper, E, Shumay, D. M., & Moss, D. (2012). Change illness beliefs with biofeedback and somatic feedback. Biofeedback, 40(4), 154-159.

Shaffer, F., Crawford, J., & Moss, D. (2012). What is BCIA really? Biofeedback, 40(4), 133-136.

Shaffer, F., Crawford, J., & Moss, D. (2012). Mentoring: What is it all about? Biofeedback, 40(3), 990-101.

Moss, D., Shaffer, F., & Crawford, J. (2012). The internationalization of BCIA. Biofeedback, 40(1), 4-6.

Moss, D., & Budzynski, H. K. (2011).  The published works of Thomas H. Budzynski. Biofeedback, 39(4), 167-168.

Moss, D., & Wilson, V. (2012). Foreword:  The use of general biofeedback in the pursuit of optimal performance.  In W. A. Edmonds, & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Case studies in applied psychophysiology: Neurofeedback and biofeedback treatments for advances in human performance. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Moss, D. (in press).  Neurofeedback. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.), Encyclopedia of positive psychology, vol. 2 (pp. 646-647). London:  Blackwell Publishing.

Moss, D. (2010). The two hearts and the path to heartful living.  In S. Y. Bhave &  S. Saini (Ed.),  The anger/hostility/aggression syndrome and cardiovascular diseases  (pp. 201-210).  New Delhi, India:  Anamaya Publication Ltd.













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.

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