Clinical Virtual Reality: From Combat to COVID
Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 7:00 pm
In association with the Fall 2021 exhibitions, This Mortal Coil and The Labor of Remembrance, the Zuckerman Museum of Art presents a free webinar, Clinical Virtual Reality: From
Combat to COVID, with Skip Rizzo, Ph.D., Director, Medical Virtual Reality - Institute
for Creative Technologies, Research Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and School of
Gerontology, University of Southern California.
Psychologist Skip Rizzo conducts research on the design, development, and evaluation
of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment
rehabilitation, and resilience. The physical, emotional, cognitive, and psychological
demands of war place enormous stress on even the best-prepared military personnel.
This talk will present an overview of research, development, and implementation of
Clinical Virtual Reality applications that have been applied in the prevention, assessment,
treatment, and scientific understanding of the psychological wounds of war. The talk
will then present the expansion of the work from combat-related PTSD, to military
sexual trauma, and conclude with a discussion of the approach for wider civilian trauma
needs, including COVID-related mental health concerns and issues around loss, death,