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Carmen V. Russoniello, PhD, LRT/CTRS, LPC, BCB, BCN

Dr. Russoniello has more than thirty years of experience as a therapist/counselor educator and researcher. He is currently Professor and Director of East Carolina University's Center for Applied Psychophysiology and its Wounded Warrior training program. Dr. Russoniello has been the principal investigator on several Department of Defense grants developing physiological measuring and biofeedback products for improving Wounded Warrior and Warfighter functioning. His work for DoD included the development of a mobile telehealth system based on heart rate variability analysis and intervention and a game based neurocognitive assessment. The development of these products resulted in 7 invention disclosures. Dr. Russoniello is a licensed professional counselor and senior fellow in both biofeedback and neurofeedback. He is a past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Dr. Russoniello's research has been published in a broad spectrum of professional journals including, Behavioral Medicine, Military Behavioral Health, Military Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, and Games for Health. His work has been featured in ArsTechnica, CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Web MD, Wired Magazine and in a TED talk. In 2015 Dr. Russoniello received the Governor James E. Holshauser Award for Public Service, the University of North Carolina's highest public service award.

Stress in the workplace is inevitable so workers have to learn to cope with it one way or another. But how is coping really possible when stress (the problem) is an ambiguous term usually defined by a person's perception of it? Without appropriate coping tools people turn to alcohol and drugs believing they can solve the problems but instead this only adds to their stress!

Thankfully, I can now report about an accepted method to define (quantify stress using physiological...

Stress and Health
A strong link between physical health and stress was established more than a quarter century ago when researchers noted that exacerbation of tumor growth in rats occurred following acute exposure to uncontrollable shock but not to controllable shock. It was postulated that stress influenced neurochemical, hormonal and immunological changes that, in turn, effected the tumor growth1.

More recent research focused on the physiology...