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California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Diego Campus

Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor

Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

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Scientific study of mind/body medicine modalities; physiological patterning in stress-related disorders; clinical protocols for biofeedback training; mediators of autonomic control; anxiety disorders; heart rate variability (HRV) measurement and biofeedback

Gevirtz, R.N., Lehrer, P., and Schwartz, M.S (In press) Cardio/Respiratory Measurement and Assessment in Applied Psychophysiology, Chapt. 5 in Biofeedback: A Practitioners Guide (Eds Schwartz and Andrasik), Guilford Press, 4th edition, NY

Gevirtz, R.N., Lehrer, P., and Schwartz, M.S (In press) Cardio-Respiratory biofeedback, Chapt. 13,in Biofeedback: A Practitioners Guide (Eds Schwartz and Andrasik), Guilford Press, 4th edition, NY

Cullins, S., Gevirtz , R.N., Poeltler,D., Cousins,L., Harpin,R.E., and Muench, F. (2013) An Exploratory Analysis of the Utility of Adding Cardiorespiratory Biofeedback in the Standard Care of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 38,(1)

Gevirtz, R.N.(2013) The nerve of that disease: The vagus nerve and cardiac rehabilitation, Biofeedback, 41(1)

Gevirtz, R.N. (2011) Biofeedback in the treatment of stress. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine: Proceedings of the 2010 Heart-Brain Summit, Supplement 1,78, s59-60

Strack, B & Gevirtz, R.N. (2011) Getting to the heart of the matter: Heart rate variability biofeedback for enhanced performence, In Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Applications in Sport Psychology, (ed.) Benjamin W. Strack ,Michael K. Linden, Vietta Sue Wilson, AAPB Press, Wheat Ridge, CO.

Tan, G., Dao, T.K., Farmer, L. Sutherland, J. and Gevirtz, R.N. (2011) Heart rate variability (HRV) and posttraumatic stress disorder: A pilot study. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 36, Issue 1

Reynard, A., Gevirtz, R.N. Berlow,R., Brown, M.Z. and Boutelle, K.(2011) Heart Rate Variability as a Marker of Self-Regulation. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback, 36(3):209-15.

Gevirtz, R.N. (2011) Biofeedback in the treatment of stress. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine (CCJM) proceedings supplement.

Sowder,E.*, Gevirtz, R.N.,& Shapiro, W( 2010), Restoration of Vagal Tone: A Possible mechanism for Functional Abdominal Pain". Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 35, Issue 3 , 199-206.

Gevirtz, R.N.(2010) Autonomic Nervous System Markers for Psychophysiological, Anxiety and Physical Disorders, in Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine, (Ed.) Evian Gordon and Stephen Koslow, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Gevirtz, R.N. (2001) Book review of Handbook of Psychophysiology. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 26, (2)

Humphreys, P. & Gevirtz, R. (2000) Treatment of recurrent abdominal pain: components analysis of four treatment protocols. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nuitrition, 31 (1), 47-51.

Gevirtz, R., (2000) Physiology of Stress, in D. Kenney, J. Carlson, J. Sheppard, & F.J. McGuigan (Eds.) Stress and Health: Research and Clinical Applications. Harwood Academic Publishers, Sydney, Australia.

Gevirtz, R. (2000) Resonant frequency training to restore autonomic homeostasis for treatment of psychophysiological disorders. Biofeedback, 27 (4), 7-9.

Banks, S., Jacobs, D., Gevirtz, R. & Hubbard, D. (1998) Effects of autogenic relaxation training on EMG activity in myofascial trigger points. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, 6, #4.

Gevirtz, R. (1997) A masters degree in clinical psychophysiology and biofeedback. California Biofeedback, 13,2.

Gerwin, R., Shannon, S., Hong, C., Hubbard, D. & Gevirtz, R. (1997) Interrater reliability in myofascial trigger point examination. Pain, 69, 65-73.

Linden, M., Gevirtz, R., Isenhart, R. & Fisher,T. (1996) Event related potentials of subgroups of children with attention deficit disorder and the implications for EEG biofeedback. J. of Neurotherapy, Winter 1996.

DeGuire, S., Gevirtz, R., Hawkinson, D., & Dixon, K.(1996) Breathing retraining: A three-year follow-up study for hyperventilation syndrome and associated functional cardiac symptoms. Biofeedback and Self Regulation, 21, 2, 191-197.

Gevirtz, R. (1996) Psychophysiology and the Clinician: Lessons from recent research. Biofeedback 24,4, 12.

Gevirtz, R., Hubbard, D., & Harpin, R.E. (1996) Psychophysiologic treatment of chronic lower back pain. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 27, 6, 561-566.

Gevirtz,R ,Glaros,A., Hopper,D.and Schwartz,M.S.(1995) Temporomandibular Disorders in M.S. Schwartz and Associiates, Biofeedback:A Practitioners Guide(Second Edition).Guilford Press:New York.

Glaros, A.and Gevirtz,R.N.(1995) Temporomandibular Disorders. AAPB White Paper. Published by AAPB,Wheat Ridge,CO.


Sigafus, S., Gevirtz, R.N., Alhassoon, O., Hubbard,D., Scarlet, Janina, Guiles,R.,&Stern, M. (2012) ; Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback and Mindfulness:A Functional Neuroimaging Study. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Volume 37 Number 4

Berger, B. C. & Gevirtz, R.N. (2001) The treatment of panic disorder: a comparitive study between breathing retraining and cognitive behavioral therapy. Biological Psychology, in press

Gevirtz, R.N. (2001) The use of heart rate spectral data in the treatment of psychophysiological and anxiety disorders. Biological Psychology, in press

Wiederhold,B., Gevirtz, R., & Wiederhold,M. (1999) Enhancing treatment of specific phobias with virtual reality and physiological feedback. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 24 (2), 140

Merz, L. & Gevirtz, R. (1999) Spectral analysis of heart rate in subtypes of asthmatics. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 24 (2), 119

Stevens, M. Gevirtz, R., Wiederhold, M. & Verity, L. (1999) Chronic fatgue syndrome: A chronobiologically oriented, controlled treatment outcome study. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 24 (2), 129.

Muse, J. & Gevirtz, R. (1999) The effects of a psychological stressor on nEMG activity while performing a typing task in good and poor ergonomic positions. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 24 (2), 120

Armm, J., Gevirtz, R., Hubbard, D. & Harpin, E. (1999) The relationship between personality characteristics and local muscle tenderness development in first year psychology graduate students: A prospective study. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 24 (2), 125

Humphreys,P. & Gevirtz, R. (1998) A comparison of self-regulation techniques versus dietary fiber alone in the treatment of recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) in children. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 23, 118

Heeren, M., Gevirtz, R. & Seltzer, J.(1997) Psychophysiological response patterns in emotionally triggered asthma. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 22, 142

Gadler, R. & Gevirtz, R.(1997) Evaluation of Needle Electromyographic Response to Emotional Stimuli Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 22, 137

Nicolini, R. & Gevirtz, R. Respiratory sinus arrhythmia in panic disorder.(1997) Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 22, 142.

Galant, D., Schatz, M., Falkoff, E., Macey, E., Gevirtz, R., Nicassio, P., & Zeiger, R.(1996) Enhancement of health-related quality of life in adult asthmatics managed by allergy specialists in a health maintenance organization. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology,99,1,s70

Moynihan, J. & Gevirtz, R.(1996) Respiratory and psychophysiological factors in subtypes of panic. Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, 21, 379

Gerstenkorn, S., Jacobs, D., Gevirtz, R., (1996) Effects of autogenic relaxation training on electrical activity in active myofascial trigger points. Biofeedback and Self-Regulation,21 ,349-350

Josephs, S., Gevirtz, R., & Hubbard, D.(1996) Tension-type headache prediction: Do stress and cognitions about assertiveness explain variance in daily headache pain? Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, 21, 371

Moynihan, J. & Gevirtz, R. (1996) Towards identifying subtypes of panic using respiratory and psychophysiologic factors: a preliminary investigation. Biological Psychology, 43, 253

Knowles, J., Gevirtz, R. & Ancoli-Israel, S.(1996) The use of thermal biofeedback in the treatment of periodic limb movement disorder. Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, 21, 355

Argue,K. and Gevirtz,R.N.(1995) The effect of psychological intervention upon anxiety associated with magnetic resonance imaging. Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, 20,317

Cartozzo,H., Jacobs,D., and Gevirtz, R.N.(1995) EEG biofeedback and the remediation of ADHD symptomatology:A controlled treratment outcome study. Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, 20, 203.

Sigafus, P.*, Gevirtz, R.N., Alhassoon, O. & Hubbard, D. (2010), Neural correlates of heart rate variability biofeedback training and its role in mindfulness, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 35 323

Heart Rate Variability

Mechanisms of Chronic Muscle Pain

Academic History and Background

PhD, DePaul University, 1971

California License PSY7204

American Psychological Association Division 38





Professional Practice and Community Service

The Use of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for the Treatment of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

Brain Activation in Experienced Meditators

Psychophysiological predictors of performance in military special operations training

Effects of Specific Picture Presentation Rates On Heart Rate Variability

Utilizing Heartbeat Evoked Potentials to Identify Cardiac Regulation of Vagal Afferents During Emotion and Resonant Breathing

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