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  Jun 02, 2023
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Mind-Body Medicine, Specialization in Applied Psychophysiology, Ph.D.

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Applied Psychophysiology is the sub-specialty of psychophysiology that uses knowledge of the biological bases of various behaviors in conjunction with numerous psychological techniques to help people moderate medical symptoms, manage anxiety and depression, or enhance academic, artistic, and sports performance.

Students in the applied psychophysiology specialization will take basic science courses on psychophysiology, the science of mind and body, and on the technology of psychophysiological recording. They will master basic interventions in biofeedback and hypnosis and select from a menu of evidence-based skills courses including stress management, optimal functioning, heart rate variability biofeedback, and EEG biofeedback.


Degree Requirements for the 2018-2019 Academic Year were approved by the CIMHS Degree Program Committee.


  • The average time to complete the 76-79 degree requirements with or without a specialization is 4.5 to 5.5 years.
  • A listing of acceptable CIMHS courses and electives is available in the university catalog and online Master Index. Students may also choose electives from other academic departments.
  • The PhD MBM degree does not qualify graduates for medical licensure.
  • Students also may choose to pursue a nationally recognized certificate in clinical hypnosis, biofeedback, or integrative wellness coaching. Refer to the departments of Applied Psychophysiology and Integrative Wellness Coaching to learn more about these certifications.

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