Wearables in the Era of Transformative Technologies and the Quantified Self

Dr. Richard Harvey
1-day Workshop
April 12


Wearable devices used in conjunction with cell phones is the future of Bio/Neurofeedback.
This workshop covers the frontier of this emerging field and will include a variety of experiential examples with actual devices.

Wearable and portable devices that monitor modalities such as heart rate, breathing, posture, as well as brain or muscle activity make it easier than ever to learn about our physiological reactions to various situations.
This workshop introduces strategies for using existing technologies that help people shift from attentional awareness of frequency, intensity and time duration of reactions to intentional choices reflecting deliberate, planned actions.

Educating clients and patients how to extend what they learn from a practitioner into everyday living situations requires holistic planning that address fundamental questions – What, When, Where, Who, Why, How, If/Then – that enable greater precision when implementing personalized plans that address dynamically changing circumstances.

Whether working to ameliorate symptoms of chief complaints that are physical or mental in nature, or developing enhancement to performance that facilitate moving faster, jumping higher or building stronger bodies (e.g. the Olympic motto of ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’), wearable and portable technology may be employed to benefit all users. Relevant Bio/Neurofeedback principles will be infused during the workshop with the practitioner in mind.


Learning Objectives

  • Recommend strategies for using wearable technologies to clients and patients
  • Design personalized plans for utilizing wearable devices in everyday settings

About Richard Harvey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Health Education and Holistic Health
Education: Doctorate in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine
Field of Specialization: Stress Management, Holistic Health, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Richard Harvey, PhD has been promoting biofeedback in the public health interest as a leader in various professional associations and societies related to health, including serving as president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB); the Biofeedback Society of California, now called the Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience (WABN); as well as serving as chairperson of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Special Interest Group, now called the section for Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices (ICTHP). Related experience includes working as an Epidemiologist in Orange County; as a Tobacco Use Research Center Fellow, and directing the UC Irvine Counseling Center Biofeedback Program before joining the faculty at San Francisco State University. Research includes developing holistic stress-reduction interventions using biofeedback, including ways to reduce technology-related disorders, as well as other research related to tobacco use and cessation.