I am a clinical psychology doctoral student at Vanderbilt University studying under Dr. Steven Hollon. I lead a group of ten research assistants as part of the Hollon Research Group. Our team is exploring how virtual reality can be used to treat addiction. We are currently running a study at Journey Pure, an in-patient drug rehabilitation center, to measure how virtual reality can change emotion. This study was developed after I explored VR with patients and heard them say things such as, "All of my anxiety is gone" after only 30 minutes of VR. We are exploring how cognitive behavioral therapy may be more effective in virtual reality, as patients may be better able to learn the skills required to regulate emotion. We plan to expand this intervention to treat several types of mental health disorders.
I recently received National Science Foundation funding (NSF I-Corps) to start a company and commercialize this research. I founded Very Real Help and have secured funding to build a VR intervention to treat mental health disorders. I plan to develop this platform into a clinical research tool that can both treat and inform our understanding of psychopathology.