Mission & Vision Statements

The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine is to provide training and educational opportunities for clinicians, healthcare professionals, academicians, researchers and students and to inform the community in the well-established and cutting-edge theories and technologies that promote self-regulation and optimization of human performance.

The vision of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine is to improve human welfare.


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MASBBM's Strategies Statements

The strategies to promote MASBBM's mission and vision are to:

  • Promote, communicate and exchange ideas among members concerning the science and practice of clinical biofeedback, applied psychophysiology and behavioral medicine.

  • Provide opportunities to enhance knowledge within the Society regarding psychophysiology, biofeedback and behavioral medicine through annual membership meetings, educational programs, publications and special interest groups (SIGS).

  • Encourage, promote and provide opportunities to improve clinical practice, educational applications and scientific research in biofeedback, applied psychophysiology and behavioral medicine.

  • Disseminate information to the public about the uses and limitations of applied psychophysiology, biofeedback and behavioral medicine.


The Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine, among the earliest biofeedback societies in the U.S., was largely comprised in the beginning of academics and medical faculty members. It first met under the name of the Innominate Society in Baltimore in the late 1960's to share results of ongoing original research. Mainly composed of research physicians, clinical psychologists and others interested in advancing knowledge in behavioral medicine, biofeedback and self regulation, the Society became more clinically oriented as years passed. For a number of years, it was known as the Biofeedback Society of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (BSDCMDVA), which evolved into the Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine. It remains an affiliate of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), a national organization.

MASBBM provides a professional forum for the exchange of ideas, methods, clinical experience, information and the results of basic and applied biofeedback research. The Society provides local networking, educational meetings and referral services for the public at large. Current emphasis of the Society is on clinical application and scientific research, on continuing education for members and other health professionals and as a referral resource of Society members who practice clinical biofeedback in our geographic region.

As of October 2011, MASBBM is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Maryland.



2016-2017 Board of Directors (Effective 04/16/16)



Jay Dickinson, MA, LPC, NCC, BCB JayDickinson@gmail.com


Katherine Thorn, LPC (2015-2018) k.thorn@att.net 703-288-9595


Lilian Rosenbaum, LCSW-C, PhD ylrosenbaum@verizon.net 301-509-1486


Anne Arena averybean@comcast.net 4105315087


Bonnie R. Sobel, RN, LCSW brsobel@gmail.com 703-969-7871

At-large (2014-2017)

Jessica Eure, LPC, BCN jessica.eure@gmail.com 434-960-2519
At-large (2016-2017)

Gary Ames garyames@comcast.net 610-668-3223
At-large (2016-2018)
Barbara Love bglovephd@gmail.com 4433702247

At-large (2016-2019)

Hogan Pesaniello hoganello7@gmail.com 757-894-3118

Advisory Board*

William Decker, PhD biopsychwd@aol.com 703-836-0803

Advisory Board

Elsie Ferguson, PhD elsielferguson@gmail.com 301-787-7123
Advisory Board

Russell Hibler, PhD russhibler@comcast.net 410-244-0227

Advisory Board

Manuel Morales nolo_320@verizon.net 410-643-8077
Advisory Board

Michael A. Sitar, PhD michaelasitar@gmail.com 301-718-3588
*Advisory Board members are nonvoting members.

Executive Director:

Bea Haskins, MS
(Past President)



MASBBM received its determination letter from the IRS in August 2012, stating that we are now a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. This is exciting news, as it opens up many opportunities that were closed to the Society before, such as public and private grants and allowing contributors to receive a tax deduction for their donations. The status is effective October 17, 2011. MASBBM thanks the Community Law Center in Baltimore, MD, and Gregory Bridges, Esq., for providing pro bono legal services that helped us submit a strong application to the IRS.



1998-1999: John Zweig, EdD

1999-2001: Loretta Nowakowski PhD

2001-2002: Michael Sitar, PhD

2002-2003: William A. Decker, PhD

2003-2004: Russell Hibler, PhD 

2004-2005: Manuel Morales, PhD

2005-2006: Elsie L. Ferguson, PhD

2006-2008: Beatrice W. Haskins, MS

2009: Galena Kuiper, MSW

2010: Margaret Mallory, PhD

2010-2011: William A. Decker, PhD

2011-2012: Bonnie R. Sobel, RN, LCSW

2012-2015: Michael A. Sitar, PhD

2015-2016: Lilian Rosenbaum, LCSW-C, PhD


The Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine
c/o Bea Haskins, M.S., Executive Director
58 Blue Heron Drive
Hanover, PA 17331

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