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Extended Reality Technology Treatment for Behavioral Health (CIN Webinar)

Extended Reality Technology Treatment for Behavioral Health (CIN Webinar)

August 12, 2020

Time: 12:00-1:00pm
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Interested in how new applications of technology could support your work in mental health? For the past three decades, Extended Reality (XR), including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), has been used to treat a variety of behavioral health conditions. The recent technological advances in immersive technology brought about by gaming and mobile devices now offer even more potential uses including possibilities for rewiring implicit and unconscious beliefs and cognition.

Embodied VR is a new area of XR that is exploring treatment options for psychiatric disorders, such as body image and psychosomatic symptoms, through immersive experiences with online avatars.

Join Dr. Kim Bullock, Stanford Professor, neuropsychiatrist, and clinical XR researcher, for this webinar on the theory, evidence, application, challenges, and the potential applications of XR for treating behavioral health conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the clinical evidence and uses of XR in behavioral health.
  • Learn about the applications of XR on the future of telehealth.
  • Gain insight into the potential application of technology and nervous system interfaces to create long-lasting neuroplasticity and behavior change.
  • Demonstrate the need for effective collaboration between academia and industry in order to innovate XR solutions for mental health conditions.


Presenter: Kim Bullock, MD

Dr. Bullock received her undergraduate degree with honors and distinction in physiology and psychology from the University of California, San Diego, Revelle College and her medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Washington Hospital in D.C. and a psychiatry residency at Stanford University. She is a diplomat in the subspecialties of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry and Lifestyle Medicine. She is currently appointed Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within Stanford’s School of Medicine. Dr. Bullock is the founder and Director of Stanford's Neurobehavioral Clinic and Virtual Reality & Immersive Technologies (VRIT) program and laboratory. She also is a leader and pioneer in telehealth services using XR. She has published many peer-reviewed articles and is a Cambridge and Oxford Press author on the subject of functional neurological disorders. Her primary clinical research interest is exploring the use of technology for trauma treatment and psychiatric illnesses involving disruption of bodily perception and function. She is currently focused on the use and dissemination of immersive technologies for telepsychiatry as well as its use in augmentation of physiotherapy, psychotherapy, and skills acquisition. She treats a multitude of illness domains including trauma, phobias, anxiety, pain, mood disorders, and somatic symptom-related disorders. She also provides support and connects researchers, providers, and developers of immersive technology through the Stanford Psychiatry Immersive Technology Consortium (SPIT-C).

Dr. Bullock currently sees patients, teaches, and performs research. She takes a holistic, customized, and personal approach to each patient and encourages family and community involvement in the treatment process. She is intensively trained and teaches both cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She runs weekly DBT groups for friends and family, neuropsychiatric patients, and DBT graduates as well as delivers individual comprehensive DBT and CBT and virtual reality psychotherapies. She presents and speaks on the subject of virtual reality, DBT, and Functional Neurological Disorder internationally and locally.

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