CSUSB Researchers Advance 'Neurofeedback' Treatment for PTSD

By Benjamin Purper

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Researchers at Cal State San Bernardino have found that the therapeutic treatment known as "neurofeedback" is highly effective at treating PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. And the center's driector says that's only the beginning of what it can do. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

New Research Shows Neurofeedback is as Effective as Medication in Treating PTSD


A newly published study found that the success rate of neurofeedback treatment for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) matched that of anti-depressant medication. Usually the first line of treatment for this disorder, anti-depressant medication typically results in benefits as high as 60% (Berger et al., 2009*). Using BrainTrain’s SmartMind 3 neurofeedback system, the treatment employed in this study led to significant improvements in auditory and visual attention which the researchers believed resulted in enhanced social interaction and greater feelings of well-being. The study was conducted at California State University, San Bernardino, and was recently published in NeuroRegulation (McReynolds, et al., 2017**). Read the full press release...

Neurofeedback treatment effective for treating PTSD in veterans

PALM DESERT, Calif.- Neurofeedback, a therapeutic treatment displaying a patient's brain activity to teach self-regulation of conditions like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, has proven effective in treating the condition in veterans, according to a study conducted at Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert's Neurofeedback Center.

Nearly 80 percent of veterans who participated in the campus' study showed improvement in auditory and visual attention after 20 half-hour treatment sessions, according to a paper recently published by the Neurofeedback Center. Read the full article...

Check out our newly publish manuscript detailing positive changes with veterans

This paper discusses positive therapeutic gains made with veterans whose primary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was artifact corrected neurofeedback. Read the full manuscript: Neurofeedback: A Noninvasive Treatment for Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans.

New Neurofeedback Videos

Neurofeedback works because we have greater information regarding the way the brain functions and how the brain continually changes throughout our lifetime.  This is called neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity - The brain has the ability to continually change throughout life. By understanding that we can change our brain through the use of neurofeedback, we now know that we can improve many conditions that have limited children and adults preventing them from living their best life

Neurofeedback Clinic at PDC Campus Now Open

The Neurofeedback office is now open at CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus (PDC) located at the UCR Palm Desert Center, building A. Veterans and students are welcome to stop by and speak with our neurofeedback clinician. Veterans may also visit the Veteran's Success Center located in the Health Sciences building.

UCR Palm Desert Center
Building A/Heckmann Bldg, Suite 229
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: 909-537-5453

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also known as cognitive rehabilitation or EEG biofeedback, is a ground-breaking technique that challenges the brain to function better.

This powerful brain-based technique has been successfully helping clients around the world for more than 30 years. It is a noninvasive process with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms. The effectiveness of neurofeedback for adults and children with a wide variety of symptoms has been repeatedly concluded in numerous research studies.

Neurofeedback works by training the brain to function at its maximum potential, which is similar to the way the body is exercised, toned and maintained. The technology is safe and effective for children and adults ages 5 to 95.

"Train your attention, decrease anxiety or depression, alleviate chronic pain, lessen behaviors that interfere with living your best life," says Dr. Connie McReynolds, who established the neurofeedback service in 2011 as director of the institute.

For more information about how neurofeedback works in training the brain, view this TED Talk presentation by Dr. Joe Dispenza explaining the neuroscience of brain training.

Neurofeedback at CSUSB

Offered as a service to the region as part of the community partnership mission of the university, the neurofeedback program is provided by trained clinicians and open to citizens of the Inland Empire. Clinicians pre- and post-test clients and assist them in the neurofeedback sessions, which typically last 30 minutes twice per week. Clients have seen results in less than 10 weeks, yet outcomes vary case by case.

The program is overseen by Connie McReynolds, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, who is on the faculty in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation & Counseling in the College of Education at CSUSB. Dr. McReynolds shown right receiving a certificate of recognition from a California State Assembly field representative..

"Neurofeedback…and medication are the two most common forms of treatment for ADHD/ADD. Both are successful in treating these disorders in a large majority of cases. There are, however, significant differences in the ways these treatments work, the potential side effects of their use, the length of treatment necessary, and, importantly the lessons learned by the child of how to correct personal problems…"

"Neurofeedback is an effective, drug-free, painless procedure in which the child [adult] learns to re-train the attention mechanisms of their brain, alleviating the condition," states Dr. Stephen Ferrari in a 2012 article/ study.

"Jesse" said he has noticed at school he can concentrate on the board better, even when he doesn't want to. After just 5 sessions of neurofeedback, he says "it is working."