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Undergraduate Course

The Center will introduce a new and innovative course into RIT's undergraduate curriculum for fall quarter 2011. Introduction to Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation is a course unlike any other taught at this level.

Course Description: Introduction to Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation explores the evolving field of psychophysiology and its applications for therapeutic self-regulation in health care as well as its implications in biomedical engineering, computer science, medical informatics and related fields. The course integrates lecture, demonstration and individual/group projects. Lectures introduce history, evolution, concepts and applications of applied psychophysiology and self-regulation including hypnosis, biofeedback, meditative strategies and psychophysiological monitoring. Students will participate in demonstrations as well as classroom presentations on applications. Working individually or in groups, students will develop a research proposal over the duration of the course to present to the class. It is expected that interested students will use this course as a foundation for ongoing independent study and research.

Course Number: 1026-359
Prerequisites: Introductory Biology 1001-251, 252, 253 or General Biology 1001-201, 202, 203
Instructor: Laurence I. Sugarman, MD
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Community Professional Education

Starting in June 2011 CAPS will offer a seminar or a limited number of Rochester-area child healthcare professionals (pediatricians, family medicine physicians, pediatric nurse practitioners and physician assistants, pediatric healthcare subspecialists and mental healthcare professionals) entitled Helping Children Help Themselves: A course on clinical hypnosis and biofeedback for child health care practitioners. The course starts with a three-day, 21-hour workshop followed by three, 6-hour clinical case review sessions from August to November. The course is directed and taught by Laurence I. Sugarman, MD with international guest faculty participating in person and online. The immediate goal of the course is to assist community clinicians in the integration of skills and strategies in psychophysiological self-regulation into their practices. The long-term goals are to both develop a supportive cadre of child healthcare clinicians who work together to change how they help the young people in their care and who contribute to a growing database that documents that change. We plan to offer this course yearly.

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For more information contact: Kitren Vanstrander
Director, Outreach Education
Rochester Institute of Technology
Eastman Hall, Room 2209
31 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623 - 5603

Imaging Anxiety...Changing the Image is a project in collaboration with Medical Illustration Associate Professor Glen Hintz, and his talented students. Together, we are developing an animated depiction of the psychophysiology of the human stress response, triggered by the RIT mascot Bengal tiger, and how skills in psychophysiological self-regulation change that response. The project is ongoing but a first draft will be unveiled at the end of the 2011 Winter quarter. In addition to the education of the medical illustration students on project collaboration and design, the product will be used to education students, patients and professionals in psychophysiological self-regulation. It is the first of a series of projects that uses medical illustration to animate concepts in psychophysiology, thereby providing therapeutic imagery experiential learning.

As one young patient said of his ability to modulate his asthma and reduce reliance on medication, "Maybe how I imagine it works is really how I make it work."

Future Education Projects include School Psychology Outreach, Patients as Professors Projects and Graduate Study.