Peer Reviewed Research and Publications

References by Category

Substance abuse

Burkett SV, Cummins JM, Dickson R, Skolnick MH: An open clinical trial utilizing real-time EEG operant conditioning as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of crack cocaine dependence. J Neurother 9:27-47, 2005

Peniston EG, Kulkosky PJ: Alcoholic personality and alpha-theta brainwave training. Medical Psychotherapy 3:37-55, 1990

Peniston EG, Kulkosky PJ: Alpha-theta brainwave training and b-endorphin levels in alcoholics. Alcohol ClinExp Res 13:271-279, 1989

Peniston EG, Marrinan DA, Deming WA, et al: EEG alpha-theta brainwave synchronization in Vietnam theater veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse. Advances in Medical Psychotherapy 6:37-50, 1993

Schneider F, Elbert T, Heimann H, et al: Self-regulation of slow cortical potentials in psychiatric patients: alcohol dependency. Biofeedback Self Regul  18:23-32, 1993

Sokhadze TM, Cannon RL, Trudeau DL: EEG biofeedback as a treatment for substance use disorders: review, rating of efficacy, and recommendations for further research. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 33:1-28, 2008

 

Epilepsy

Hurt E, Arnold LE, Lofthouse N: Quantitative EEG neurofeedback for the treatment of pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, and epilepsy. Child AdolescPsychiatrClin N Am 23:465-486, 2014

Tan G, Thornby J, Hammond DC, et al: Meta-analysis of EEG biofeedback in treating epilepsy. Clin EEG Neurosci 40:173-179, 2009

 

ADD/ADHD

Arns M, de Ridder S, Strehl U, et al: Efficacy of neurofeedback treatment in ADHD: the effects on inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity: a meta-analysis. Clin EEG Neurosci 40:180-189, 2009

Gevensleben H, Rothenberger A, Moll GH, et al: Neurofeedback in children with ADHD: validations and challenges. Expert Rev Neurother 12:447-460, 2012

Holtmann M, Sonuga-Barke E, Cortese S, et al: Neurofeedback for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a review of current evidence. Child AdolescPsychiatrClin N Am 23: 789-806, 2014

*Hurt E, Arnold LE, Lofthouse N: Quantitative EEG neurofeedback for the treatment of pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, and epilepsy. Child AdolescPsychiatrClin N Am 23:465-486, 2014

Lofthouse N, Arnold LE, Hersch, et al: A review of neurofeedback treatment for pediatric ADHD. J AttenDisor 16:351-372, 2012

Micoulaud-Franchi J-A, Geoffroy PA, Fond G, et al: EEG Neurofeedback treatments in children with ADHD: an updated meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Front Hum Neurosci 8:1-7, 2014

Monastra VJ, Lynn S, Linden M, et al: Electroencephalographic biofeedback in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 30:95-114, 2005

Moriyama TS, Polanczyk G, Caye A: Evidence-based information on the clinical use of neurofeedback for ADHD. Neurotherapeutics 9:588-598, 2012

Nelson D, Esty M: Neurotherapy of attention deficit/hyperactivity symptoms. J Neuropsychiatry ClinNeurosci 22:14, 2011

Simkin DR, Thatcher RW, Lubar J: Quantitative EEG and neurofeedback in children and adolescents: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, comorbid addition and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and brain injury. Child AdolescPsychiatrClin N Am 23:465-486, 2014

Sonuga-Barke EJS, Brandeis D, Cortese S: Nonpharmacological interventions for ADHD: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of dietary and psychological treatments. Am J Psychiatry 170:275-289, 2013

 

Fibromyalgia

Caro XJ, Winter EF: EEG biofeedback treatment improves certain attention and somatic symptoms in fibromyalgia: a pilot study. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 36:193-200, 2011

Chapin H, Bagarinao E, Mackey S: Real-time fMRI applied to pain management. NeurosciLett 520:174-181, 2012

Donaldson CS, Sella G, Mueller HH: Fibromyalgia. A Retrospective Study of 252 Consecutive Referrals. Can J Clin Med 5(6), 1998

Donaldson, CS, Sella G, Mueller HH: The Neural Plasticity Model of Fibromyalgia. Theory, Assessment, & Treatment. Practical Pain Manag Part 1, 2001

Donaldson, CS, Sella G, Mueller HH: The Neural Plasticity Model of Fibromyalgia. Theory, Assessment, & Treatment. Practical Pain Manag Part 2, 2001

Donaldson, CS, Sella G, Mueller HH: The Neural Plasticity Model of Fibromyalgia. Theory, Assessment, & Treatment. Practical Pain Manag Part 3, 2001

Esty ML: Reflections on FMS Treatment, Research, and Neurotherapy: Cautionary Tales. J Neurother 10:63-68, 2006

Esty ML, Liller, T: “The Network News” Fibromyalgia: The Search for Identity. National Women’s Health Network, 2001

Glombiewski JA, Bernardy K, Hauser W: Efficacy of EMG- and EEG-biofeedback in fibromyalgia syndrome: a meta-analysis and a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 23: Article ID 962741, 2013

Jensen MP, Day MP, Miro J: Neuromodulatory treatments for chronic pain: efficacy and mechanisms. Nat Rev Neurol 10:167-178, 2014

Jensen MP, Gertz KJ, Kupper AE: Steps toward developing an EEG biofeedback treatment for chronic pain. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 38:101-108, 2013

Kayiran S, Dursun E, Dursun N: Neurofeedback intervention in fibromyalgia syndrome; a randomized controlled, rater blind clinical trial. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 35:293-302, 2010

Kravitz HM, Esty ML, Katz RS, Fawcett J: Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome using Low-Intensity Neurofeedback with the Flexyx Neurotherapy System: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trail. J of Neurother 10:41-58, 2006

Lauche R, Cramer H, Hauser W, et al: A systematic overview of reviews for complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of the fibromyalgia syndrome. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2015: Article ID 610615, 2015

Marcus L: EEG amplitude and variability changes following low-intensity neurofeedback-based stimulation for fibromyalgia. Western Graduate School of Psychology, 2001

Mosely GL, Flor H: Targeting cortical representations in the treatment of chronic pain: a review. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 26:646-652, 2012

Mueller HH, Donaldson CCS, Nelson DV, et al: Treatment of fibromyalgia incorporating EEG-driven stimulation: a clinical outcomes study. J ClinPsychol 57:933-952, 2001

Nelson DV, Bennett RM, Barkhuizen A, et al: Neurotherapy of fibromyalgia? Pain Med 11:912-919, 2010

Starlanyl D, Copeland ME: Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain. 2nd Ed. New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Section on EEG Neurotherapy: 178-179, 2001

 

TBI/concussion

Esty ML: Treatment Results for Mild/Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury using EEG data provides quantitative information with predictive value for rehabilitation outcomes and treatment planning. Premier Outlook 3(4):56-58, 2002

Lezak M: The walking wounded of head injury: When subtle deficits can be disabling. Trends in Rehabil 3(3), 1988

May G, Benson R, Balon R, et al: Neurofeedback and traumatic brain injury: a literature review. Ann Clin Psychiatry 25:289-296, 2013

Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy for chronic headache following traumatic brain injury. Mil Med Res 2:22, 2015a

Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy for Chronic TBI/PTSD Symptoms in Vietnam Veterans. J Head Trauma Rehabil 24:5,403, 2009

Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of TBI/PTSD in OEF/OIF Veterans. J Neuropsychiatry ClinNeurosci, 21:221-223, 2009

Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of traumatic brain injury/posttraumatic stress symptoms in OEF/OIF veterans. J Neuropsychiatry ClinNeurosci 24:237-240, 2012

Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of traumatic brain injury/post-traumatic stress symptoms in Vietnam veterans. Mil Med 180:e1111-e1114, 2015b

Schoenberger NE, Shifflett SC, Esty ML, et al: Flexyx neurotherapy system in the treatment of traumatic brain injury: an initial evaluation. J Head Trauma Rehabil 16:260-274, 2001

*Simkin DR, Thatcher RW, Lubar J: Quantitative EEG and neurofeedback in children and adolescents: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, comorbid addition and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and brain injury. Child AdolescPsychiatrClin N Am 23:465-486, 2014

Thornton KE, Carmody DP: Efficacy of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation: interventions of QEEG-guided biofeedback, computers, strategies, and medications. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 33:101-124, 2008

 

Headache/migraine

Blanchard EB, Peters ML, Hermann C: Direction of temperature control in the thermal biofeedback treatment of vascular headache. ApplPsychophysiol biofeedback 22:227-245, 1997

Nestorius Y, Martin A, Rief W, et al: Biofeedback treatment for headache disorders: a comprehensive efficacy review. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 33:125-140, 2008

Siniatchkin M, Hierundar A, Kropp P, et al: Self-regulation of slow cortical potentials in children with migraine: an exploratory study. ApplPsychophysiol Biofeedback 25:13-32, 2000

Walker JE: QEEG-guided neurofeedback for recurrent migraine headaches. Clin EEG Neurosci 42:59-61, 2011

 

PTSD

*Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy for Chronic TBI/PTSD Symptoms in Vietnam Veterans. J Head Trauma Rehabil 24:5,403, 2009

Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy for pain in veterans with trauma spectrum disorders. J of Pain, 10:S18, 2009

*Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of TBI/PTSD in OEF/OIF Veterans. J Neuropsychiatry ClinNeurosci, 21:221-223, 2009

*Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of traumatic brain injury/posttraumatic stress symptoms in OEF/OIF veterans. J Neuropsychiatry ClinNeurosci 24:237-240, 2012

*Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of traumatic brain injury/post-traumatic stress symptoms in Vietnam veterans. Mil Med 180:e1111-e1114, 2015b

*Peniston EG, Marrinan DA, Deming WA, et al: EEG alpha-theta brainwave synchronization in Vietnam theater veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse. Advances in Medical Psychotherapy 6:37-50, 1993

 

Non-Categorized

Gilbert G: Case Study: Improved Breathing Regulation Using Biofeedback. Biofeedback 36(2):64-66, 2008

Study Abstracts

“Neurotherapy for chronic headache following traumatic brain injury” David V. Nelson, PhD, and Mary Lee Esty, PhD, Military Medical Research (2015) 2:22 DOI 10.1186/s40779-015-0049-y

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Neurotherapy of Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Vietnam Veterans” David V. Nelson, PhD, and Mary Lee Esty, PhD, Military Medicine, 180, 10:e1111, 2015

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“Neurotherapy of Traumatic Brain Injury/Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in OEF/OIF Veterans”   David V. Nelson, PhD, and Mary Lee Esty, PhD, The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2012; 24:237-240

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“Neurotherapy for chronic headache following traumatic brain injury” David V. Nelson and Mary Lee Esty  Military Medical Research (31 August 2015)

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“Neurotherapy of attention deficit/hyperactivity symptoms [Summary].” Esty ML and Nelson D. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 22:14, 2011. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, Denver, CO, March 2011.

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“Neurotherapy of TBI/PTSD in OEF/OIF Veterans.” Esty ML and Nelson D. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 21:221-223, 2009.

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“Neurotherapy for Chronic TBI/PTSD Symptoms in Vietnam Veterans.” Nelson, D and Esty, ML. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, (24)5, 403, 2009.

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“Neurotherapy for pain in veterans with trauma spectrum disorders.” Nelson, D and Esty, ML. The Journal of Pain, 10:S18, 2009.

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“Flexyx Neurotherapy System in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury: An Initial Evaluation.” Schoenberger, N., Shiflett, S., Esty, M.L. et al. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Vol.16, # 3. pp. 260 – 274. June , 2001.

The 2001 NIH-funded wait-list controlled pilot study of FNS treatment for TBI, documented significant positive change over 25 half-hour treatments, and at 3-month follow up. Dr. Mary Lee Esty conducted this study at the Neurotherapy Center of Washington (NCW) in cooperation with the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, West Orange, NJ. (Schoenberger et al., 2001) The results demonstrated that FNS is “a promising new treatment for TBI.” Twelve participants were selected on the basis of having no expectation of any substantial improvement in functioning, either from the passage of time or further rehabilitation. Nine were classified as mild TBI and three as moderate TBI. The range of LOC was from 1 minute to 27 days, with TBI events occurring between three and 21 years pre-treatment. Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitations had been completed. Quality of life, social, and economic benefits of FNS treatment were evident in that several returned to work at their pre-trauma level of functioning, six with full-time jobs, and the seventh in a university administrative post with a reduced load.

The findings of this study have important implications for those with chronic headache, Fibromyalgia (FM), or moderate cognitive problems of short-term memory, fatigue, and depression, all potentially symptoms from TBI. The changes in the study participants that also had a diagnosis of FM or other pain led directly to an unsolicited grant for the FM study with the Rush, Presbyterian, St-Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

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“Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome using Low-Intensity Neurofeedback with the Flexyx Neurotherapy System: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.” Kravitz, H.M., Esty, M.L., Katz, R.S. & Fawcett, J. The Journal of Neurotherapy. Vol.10, #2/3. pp. 41 – 58. 2006.

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“Reflections on FMS Treatment, Research, and Neurotherapy: Cautionary Tales.” Esty, M.L. The Journal of Neurotherapy. Vol.10, #2/3. pp. 63 – 68. 2006.

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“Treatment of Fibromyalgia Incorporating EEG-Driven Stimulation: A Clinical Outcomes Study”. Mueller, H., Donaldson, C.S., Nelson, D., Layman, M. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 57(7). 933-952. (2001).

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“Fibromyalgia. A Retrospective Study of 252 Consecutive Referrals.” Donaldson, C.S., Sella, G., Mueller, H. Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine. Vol 5, #6. June, 1998.

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Articles and Publications:

“Treatment Results for Mild/Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury Using EEG Data Provides Quantitative Information with Predictive Value for Rehabilitation Outcomes and Treatment Planning”. Esty, M.L. (2002). Premier Outlook, Vol. 3(4), 56-58.

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“The walking wounded of head injury: When subtle deficits can be disabling.” Lezak, M., 1988. Trends in Rehabilitation, Vol. III, #3.

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“Case Study: Improved Breathing Regulation Using Biofeeback”. Gilbert, G. (2008). Biofeedback Vol. 36(2), 64-66.

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The National Fibromyalgia Partnership web site is- www.fmpartnership.org. – The two articles are “EEG-Driven Stimulation. Hitting the “Reset Button” in Fibromyalgia Patients.” In the July/August 1998 issue. In the Sept/Oct, 1999 issue – “CNS Myalgia” A New Paradigm for Fibromyalgia.

“The Neural Plasticity Model of Fibromyalgia. Theory, Assessment, & Treatment”. Donaldson, C.S., Sella, G., Mueller, H. Practical Pain Management Part one May/June 2001.

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“The Neural Plasticity Model of Fibromyalgia. Theory, Assessment, & Treatment”. Donaldson, C.S., Sella, G., Mueller, H. Practical Pain Management Part two, July/Aug, 2001,

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“The Neural Plasticity Model of Fibromyalgia. Theory, Assessment, & Treatment”. Donaldson, C.S., Sella, G., Mueller, H. Practical Pain Management. Part three, Sept/Oct, 2001.

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“Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain. 2nd Ed.”, 2001 Devin Starlanyl & Mary Ellen Copeland. New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Section on EEG Neurotherapy pp. 178-179. 

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In the National Women’s Health Network  “The Network News”  Fibromyalgia: The Search for Identity by Mary Lee Esty and Tamara Liller. May/June 2001.

www.womenshealthnetwork.org

The effectiveness of FNS feedback for Fibromyalgia is supported in the conclusions of an unpublished doctoral dissertation: Marcus, L., 2001 “EEG Amplitude and Variability Changes Following Low-Intensity Neurofeedback-Based Stimulation for Fibromyalgia”, (Western Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA).

The Dana Foundation included coverage of FNS neurofeedback feedback for mild & moderate traumatic brain injury in a National Public Television series, Stress, Trauma & the Brain. The videotape can be ordered at 1-800-257-5126.

Other Publications:

Cymbalta, Friend or Foe?
By Piedad Bernikow© 2008
The following article was sent by Piedad Bernikow, an informed and dedicated follower of fibromyalgia research and legal issues. It was written in response to an announcement about the off-label use of a medication, and we thought it would be of interest to many of our enewsletter recipients.

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Listen to Your Heart Rate
By Deborah Kotz© 2008
The following article appeared in USA Today on June 16, 2008. This article talks about the benefits of biofeedback for stress management and was based on an extensive interview with our own Emily Perlman.

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Restoring Optimal Brain Function Helps Many Health Problems
Letter to the Editor from the Townsend Letter (April,2008)

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Neurotherapeutic Treatment of Fibromyalgia Using EEG-Based neurofeedback
By Mary Lee Esty, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.-C. & Emily Perlman, M.S., C.T.R.S.

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Washingtonian Magazine
Pumping Neurons
By Jody Jaffe.

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Practical Horseman
Neurofeedback: One Rider’s View

By Jody Jaffe.

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Heads Up!
Neurofeedback – A New Approach for Treating TBI
By Mary Lee Esty, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.-C.

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Business Week
Patient, Heal Thyself

By Susan Garland.

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