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Laurence Sugarman

Director Center Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation
Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

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Laurence Sugarman

Director Center Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation
Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

Education

BA, Washington University in St. Louis; PA-C, St. Louis University; MD, University of Missouri-Columbia

Bio

BA, Washington University in St. Louis; M.D., University of Missouri-Columbia; Pediatric Residency, University of Rochester

Teaches: Placebo Suggestion & Research Health, Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation

Research Areas: Psychophysiological (mind-body) regulation in health and care

During 20 years in pediatric primary care in Rochester, he developed skills in biofeedback, relaxation, and self-hypnosis to teach children to self-regulate stress, pain, and behavior. From this came CAPS. CAPS focuses on families with autism, develops algorithms, apps, and games using biosensors, and provides biofeedback training to RIT students.

585-475-7963

Areas of Expertise
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Anxiety
Clinical Hypnosis
Hypnosis in pediatric practice
Biofeedback
Self-regulation

Currently Teaching

MEDS-361
3 Credits
Learn how to change your mind. This course explores the evolving field of psychophysiology and its applications for therapeutic self-regulation in health care as well as its implications for the related fields of psychology, biomedical engineering, computer science, and medical economics. By focusing on the mind as an emergent phenomenon of bidirectional brain and body interaction, we realize how much of our own physiology we can and do self-regulate. We will review research on hypnosis, biofeedback, meditative strategies, and psychophysiological monitoring. The course structure integrates lecture, demonstration, discussion and individual self-monitoring projects. Weekly quizzes provide feedback on learning.
MEDS-360
3 Credits
This course provides a foundation for understanding the history and science of placebo effects with a focus on how these effects influence research design, therapeutics and health. A model of placebo effects – comprised of conditioning, expectation, social influence, and paradigm – is developed and applied to both health and common diseases in order to recognize that all health interventions are at least placebos. The question is whether they are anything more. The course structure and process include assigned readings, quizzes, creative class projects, studying advertisements, hearing from pharmaceutical company representatives, and class discussion designed to provoke critical thinking.

Select Scholarship

Full Length Book
Sugarman, Laurence I. and William C. Wester, II. Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents. Second ed. Bethel, CT: Crown House Publishing Limited, 2013. Print.
Journal Paper
Sugarman, Laurence I., Brian L. Garrison, and Kelsey L. Williford. "Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for Autonomic Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder." The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 56. 2 (2013): 152-173. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Sugarman, Laurence I. "Pediatric Hypnosis Workshop." Graduate Mental Health Supervision. Regional Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center. Oslo, Norway. 28 Oct. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Sugarman, Laurence I. "Autism, Autonomy and Autonomic Regulation: Roles for Hypnosis and Biofeedback." Child Hypnosis Congress. Milton Erickson Geselleschaft. Heidelberg, Germany. 2 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Sugarman, Laurence I. "Autism, Autonomy and Autonomic Regulation: Roles for Hypnosis and Biofeedback." Joint Child & Adolescent Psychiatry + Pediatrics Grand Rounds. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dallas, TX. 20 Nov. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Sugarman, Laurence I. "Director, Intermediate Workshop, National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute." Annual Workshops. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN. 3 Oct. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Sugarman, Laurence I. "Director, Professional Training Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis." American Society of Clinicla Hypnosis Regional Workshop. American Soceity of Clinical Hypnosis. San Diego, CA. 11 Apr. 2013. Lecture.
Published Conference Proceedings
Sugarman, Laurence I., Stephen Jacobs, and Robert H. Rice. "Creating MindGamersTM: A Physiologically-Controlled, Customizable, Therapeutic Video Game to Treat Anxiety and Repetitive Behaviors in Youth with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders." Proceedings of the International Meeting for Autism Research. Ed. International Soceity for Autism Research. San Sebastien, Spain: n.p., 2013. Web.
Garrison, Brian L., et al. "Tailoring Autonomic Biofeedback to Individual Strengths with a Dynamic Feedback Signal Set." Proceedings of the Society for Psychophysilogical Research, 2 October 2013, Florence, Italy. Ed. Robert F. Simons. Brunswick, NJ: Wiley, 2013. Print.