In this episode, panelists from the National Human Genome Research Institute, VR for Health, and Thera discuss how VR is being used by patients, doctors, medical providers, and psychologists to improve patient outcomes. The conversation delves into experiences and insights regarding the research and application of VR for therapy, highlighting the challenges and opportunities to increase adoption.


-Predict the good and bad AI avatars could play in psychotherapy engagements.

-Explore potential privacy concerns within the VR ecosystem including responsibility and accountability for patient engagement.

- Understand the diverse applications and benefits of VR for healthcare, including psychotherapy, pain management, and rehabilitation.

-Illustrate parallels to the evolution of telemedicine touching on acceptance and growth of VR therapy and treatments.
Susan Persky
Director of Immersive Simulation Program at The National Human Genome Research Institute
Behavioral scientist with deep expertise in VR / XR methodology, design, evaluation, and application. Situated in the fields of health and medicine; psychology, communication, and behavioral research.
Denise Silber
Co-Founder, VRforHealth.com
Denise is a renowned figure in the digital health, patient engagement, and virtual reality domains, with over 25 years of experience as a founder and entrepreneur. She has made significant contributions as the founder of Basil Strategies and Doctors 2.0, as well as being a co-founder of VRforHealth. Denise's expertise lies in supporting digital health, patient engagement, and therapeutic virtual reality through effective communication strategies and organizing impactful events.
Erin Bogdanski
CEO, Founder, Thera Inc.
Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, serving as the CEO and Founder of THERA Inc. Her organization offers virtual reality counseling utilizing customizable avatar technology and biometrics. She has practiced psychotherapy in various settings, including private practice, community mental health, and acute psychiatric care. Her expertise extends to law, education, and human rights.
Bob Cooney
Virtual reality speaker, author, futurist, and entrepreneur
Bob Cooney is a virtual reality speaker, author, futurist, and entrepreneur. An Inc. 500 CEO, Bob has launched nine startups with multiple exits and a successful NASDAQ IPO and has educated VR creatives, suppliers, and operators worldwide for over 25 years.

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