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Faculty Member

Peter M. Litchfield, Ph.D.  Master of Science Degree in Breathing Sciences

Dr. Litchfield has served as a consultant, educator, researcher, lecturer, and entrepreneur in the fields of healthcare and human performance for more than 30 years, including the design, planning, development, production, management, and delivery of academic and professional education curriculum in psychology, behavioral medicine, and health education:  workshops, seminars, short-courses, certification programs, competency programs, specialty programs, MS degrees and Ph.D. programs. 

Dr. Litchfield has lectured extensively since 1970 throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia to diverse audiences, ranging from medical schools to corporate groups, on a wide range of subjects including psychology, behavioral medicine, behavioral physiology, self-regulation science, biofeedback, professional education, and business planning.  Coincident with his entrepreneurial enterprise in education, he has for 20 years been involved in the design and development of self-regulation physiological monitoring instrumentation systems for use by healthcare practitioners, human service professionals, educators, and researchers. 

Dr. Litchfield served as Executive Director (President) and Chairman of the Executive Board (1997 - 2000) of Behavioral Physiology Institutes in Bainbridge Island, Washington, a private graduate school offering Ph.D. and MS degrees in behavioral medicine.  During 1981 - 1996 he served as Executive Director of the Applied Psychophysiology Institutes, a well-recognized school of continuing education in San Francisco and in Bainbridge Island, which during his tenure provided hundreds of workshops and certification programs worldwide in the fields of behavioral medicine and biofeedback for healthcare professionals.  During 1976 - 1982 he served as Director of Proseminar Institute (nonprofit) in San Francisco, at the time the largest and best-known provider of continuing education in psychology in the nation that offered more than a 3000 programs during his tenure.  He was Assistant Professor of Psychology (1970 - 1974) and Associate Professor of Psychology with tenure (1974 - 1981) at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Dr. Litchfield also served as Chairman of the Board of Neurodata Systems Inc., 1994-1997, which developed physiological monitoring software applications for both patient and practitioner education.  Other positions included Coordinator (and faculty member) of the Behavioral Medicine Specialty of the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at the Rosebridge Graduate School (1982-1986) in Walnut Creek (CA), Acting Director of Conferences and Institutes at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (1984), and Principal in Physiodata, Inc. and in Inspiration Technologies both of which developed software-management physiological monitoring instrumentation systems.

Dr. Litchfield earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Portland (1971), his M.A. degree in psychology from San Diego State University (1969), and his B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Michigan (1963).  His specialty areas lie within the fields of behavioral medicine, behavioral physiology, behavioral health, applied psychophysiology, behavioral pharmacology, and research design.  Specific areas of expertise include placebo effects, conditioning theory, drug addiction, biofeedback, and respiratory behavioral physiology.  Other areas of expertise include business planning/development for healthcare professionals, and software design/development of educational, clinical, and research protocols for physiological monitoring and recording.

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