Faculty & Staff

Ph.D. Oklahoma State University

Dr. Fred Shaffer, Professor of Psychology, has taught at Truman since 1975. He also holds a faculty appointment in Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine since 2009. He earned a bachelor's degree from Claremont Men's College and a master's in Clinical Psychology and doctorate in Social-Personality Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He is a Senior Fellow certified in the specialty of biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). He has served as a BCIA Board member since 2005 and as its Chair since 2010. He has served as the Program Chair for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) from 2006-2008 and 2012. He has been the Treasurer for the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences since 2010. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer received AAPB’s Sheila Adler Award for Distinguished Service in 2005 and Presidential Recognition Award in 2006. Truman awarded him the Doris and Walker Allen Fellowship for Academic Excellence in 2008. His teaching interests include applied psychophysiology, biological psychology, experimental psychology, and psychopharmacology. He supervises an undergraduate research team that explores issues in heart rate variability and respiration. He is the co-author of three book chapters on biofeedback. He has lectured internationally in Hong Kong, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Munich, Rome, and Singapore. Dr. Shaffer served as Psychology convener from Fall 1996-Spring 1999.