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									                                                                    Clinical Forum Section

Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies,
Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2010, 115-125.




          CUTTING EDGE DEVELOPMENTS IN
    PSYCHOLOGY: VIRTUAL REALITY APPLICATIONS.
        INTERVIEW WITH TWO LEADING EXPERTS
                                       Daniel DAVID*1,2
                       ¹Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    2
        Department of Oncological Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York,
                                            USA


            Abstract
            Virtual reality (VR) has captured the attention of professionals in the
            filed of psychology as a highly promising method/tool in the
            assessment and management of various psychological problems (e.g.,
            anxiety, pain, ADHD). The International Institute for the Advanced
            Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health at the Babes-
            Bolyai University has recently developed a complex Virtual Reality
            Platform with multiple applications in the field of applied psychology
            (e.g., psychological assessment, psychotherapy, education, motor
            rehabilitation) (www.clinicalpsychology.ro). To explore the cutting-
            edge developments in the field, I spoke to two leading experts in VR
            applications in psychology about the potential and benefits of this
            technology: Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo and Ken Graap. The current state,
            future developments and challenges are discussed.

            Keywords: virtual reality, psychotherapy, assessment, technology




INTERVIEWS

1. Interview with Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D

Daniel David (DD): Could you make a brief presentation of VR and of what you
are doing right now in this area?

Albert Rizzo (AR): I am a clinical psychologist/neuropsychologist and an
Associate Director of the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of

*
 Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to:
E-mail: danieldavid@psychology.ro

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Southern California, and a research professor at the USC School of Gerontology
and Department of Psychiatry. I direct the VRPSYCH lab, which focuses on the
design, develo
								
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