Saybrook dean conducts free webinar on heart rate variability training

By Saybrook University
Donald Moss - Saybrook University Dean
Dean Don Moss

Heart rate variability (HRV) is the moment to moment fluctuation in heart rate, or the variation in the small segment of time between heart beats.  Human beings with higher heart rate variability experience better general health, wellness, and resilience.  Persons with lowered heart rate variability are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and a variety of physical illnesses.  Patients with heart disease who show lower HRV are more likely to suffer additional heart problems and even sudden death.  Higher HRV is correlated with longer life in cardiac patients and in the general population.

Today, with heart rate variability biofeedback, health professionals can train human beings to increase their heart rate variability.  This training is helpful in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, asthma, and a host of other medical and mental health problems.

On April 19, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Saybrook University Dean Donald Moss will conduct a free webinar for the Biofeedback Federation of Europe. The webinar will cover several critical topics regarding heart rate variability biofeedback:  1) What is heart rate variability? 2) Why should a health professional care about heart rate variability? 3) What do we actually train in HRV biofeedback? and 4) What does research show us about the usefulness of HRV biofeedback for common medical and mental health disorders?

This webinar will also report some of the promising uses of HRV biofeedback emerging in optimal performance and coaching practice. The presentation will also include a case study of an individual with public speaking anxiety who benefited from HRV biofeedback

Persons interested in attending this webinar can register at:

Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University.  There he has built training programs in clinical hypnosis, biofeedback, integrative mental health, and integrative and functional nutrition.  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 currently President-Elect of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Moss is co-editor of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (AAPB, 2016), 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.   He is 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 journals 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.