The Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society, 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 (the “No Name 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 and now operates with the trade name of Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society (MABS). It remains an affiliate of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), a national organization. MABS is the proud recipient of AAPB’s 2016 Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award.
MABS 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, 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, MABS is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Maryland. Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society is the trade name of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine.
Mission and Vision Statements
The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society 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 Biofeedback Society is to improve human welfare.
The strategies to promote MABS’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.