General Information

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is a method of human computer interaction that has evolved beyond simple mouse clicks and allows users to interact seamlessly in a virtual environment. Virtual reality incorporates a head-mounted display, photorealistic 3D graphics, surround sound, vibrotactile feedback, scents and haptics to increase realism in the virtual environment.

Virtual Reality Therapy

Researchers use virtual reality technology to treat veterans dignosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol or drug addiction.

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In the Lab

The virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab (VRCRL) seeks to advance clinical research in Anxiety and Substance-Related Disorders through state-of-the-art technology and virtual reality innovation. The VRCRL finds new ways to use technology to address social behavior, addictions and mental health.

In the Classroom

VR is a valuable tool in the classroom for teaching behavior therapy. Simulations and avatars are used to teach clinical and diagnostic skills to students in our MSW and PhD programs.

VR-based Treatments

  • Drug and alcohol dependence
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Fear of public speaking or performance anxiety
  • Food addiction
  • Anxiety and behavioral disorders

VR Drug Craving

  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Stimulants

VR Training Tools

  • VR cognitive behavioral treatment
  • VR exposure assessment and therapy
  • VR DSM-V training with simulated patients

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