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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: firstname.lastname@example.org Virtual reality and psychotherapy 115 Clinical Forum Section 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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