Biofeedback Core Reading List

This list of biofeedback reading sources in the Core Reading List is suggested for individuals who are preparing for BCIA certification in biofeedback.  This list has been recently updated to match the revised 2015 blueprint.  The board has taken the revisions into consideration when building the new exam.

Core Reading List

          Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (2015). Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback.

Biosource Software's. Biofeedback tutor. Kirksville, MO: Biosource Software.

Khazan (2013) The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback

Lehrer et al's (2007).  Principles and Practice of Stress Management (3rd ed.)

Schwartz, M.S. & Andrasik F. (2003). Biofeedback: A practitioner's guide (3rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press. Note:  We are currently waiting to review Schwartz and ASndfrasik's Biofeedback (4th ed).) before we decide on its reading list placement.

Yucha, C., & Gilbert, C. (2004). Evidence-based practice in biofeedback and neurofeedback. Wheat Ridge, CO: AAPB. Note:  BCIA realizes there is a newer version and should you choose to purchase the 2008 instead of using this free download, the material will be appropriate for the exam.  Additionally, it is believed that in the spring of 2016 a new version will be available.

Advanced General Biofeedback Reading List

This list of biofeedback reading sources is suggested for BCIA-certified individuals who wish to gain advanced knowledge of specific blueprint areas.


Andreassi, J. L. (2007). Psychophysiology: Human behavior and physiological response. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Cacioppo, J. T., Tassinary, L. G., & Bernstson, G. G. (2000). Handbook of psychophysiology (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Julien, R. M. (2005). A primer of drug action (10th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.

Moss, D., McGrady, A., Davies, T. C., & Wickramasekera, I. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of mind-body medicine for primary care. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.


Demos, J. N. (2005). Getting started with neurofeedback. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Thompson, M., & Thompson, L. (2003). The biofeedback book: An introduction to basic concepts in applied psychophysiology. Wheat Ridge, CO: Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.


Cram, J. R., Kasman, G. S., & Holtz, J. (1997). Introduction to surface electromyography. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers.

Kasman, G. S., Cram, J. R., & Wolf, S. L. (1998). Clinical applications in surface electromyography: Chronic musculoskeletal pain. Gaithersburg: MD: Aspin Publishers, Inc.

Peper, E., & Gibney, K. H. (2006). Muscle biofeedback at the computer: A manual to prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI) by taking the guesswork out of assessment, monitoring, and training. Amersfoort, The Netherlands: BFE.


Kendall, F. P. (Ed.). (2005). Muscles: Testing and function, with posture and pain (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

National Headache Foundation (2005). Standards of care for headache diagnosis and treatment. National Headache Foundation.

Sherman, R. A. (2004). Pain assessment and intervention. Wheat Ridge, CO: AAPB.

Silberstein, S. D., Lipton, R. B., & Goadsby, P. J. (2002). Headache in clinical practice (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Martin Dunitz Ltd.

Relaxation/Stress Management

Davies, M., Eshelman, E. R., & McKay, M. (2000). The relaxation & stress reduction workbook (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

P. M. Lehrer, R. L. Woolfolk, & W. E. Sime (Eds.) (2007). Principles and practice of stress management (3rd ed.) New York: Guilford.

Sapolsky, R. M. (2004). Why zebras don't get ulcers: A guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping (3rd ed.). New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Smith, J. C. (2002). Stress management: A comprehensive handbook of techniques and strategies. New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.

Respiration and HRV

Fried, R. (1993). The psychology and physiology of breathing: In behavioral medicine, clinical psychology, and psychiatry. New York: Plenum Press.

Lehrer, P.M., Vaschillo, E., & Vaschillo, B. (2000). Resonant frequency biofeedback training to increase cardiac variability: rationale and manual for training. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 25(3), 177-191.

Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., & Lehrer, P. M. (2006). Characteristics of resonance in heart rate variability stimulated by biofeedback. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 31(2), 129-142.

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