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Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation


The Center For Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation constitutes a brand new presence within RIT's innovative Institute for Health Sciences and Technology. The concept of the Center developed out of conversations with RIT's President, William W. Destler, Ph.D., his wife, clinical psychologist, Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., and Laurence I. Sugarman, M.D., a community pediatrician in Rochester, New York. Dr. Destler and RIT were planning the Institute. Dr. Sugarman was looking for a platform from which to explore the potential for growth in the field of psychophysiological self-regulation to benefit youth in Rochester community and beyond. Both envisioned programs that integrated education, research, and clinical care: a good fit. After a year of discussion, resource development, and building of collaborative projects, the Center was born, with Dr. Sugarman as its Director (as well as and entire staff) in January, 2011. Both President Destler and Dr. Sugarman are fond of noting that, while not requisite, it did not hurt their collaboration that both men play the banjo.

Under the administrative umbrella of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology it is expected that the newborn Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation will grow and develop rapidly to include program coordinators in education, research, and clinical care over the next three years.

For detailed information, visit the CAPS website.

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