About this event

  • Date and time Thu 9 Dec 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

This webinar is a unique chance to review the current use of augmented and virtual reality technologies (AR/VR) for mental health and their clinical and ethical implications. Join experts in this session for a valuable overview of the clinical applications of AR/VR and their ethical implications. This session will allow delegates to learn about the application of AR/VR technologies and to develop their own stance on the use of these technologies for mental health.

International experts will specifically present on the current use of AR/VR technologies with regards to:

  • Anxieties and phobias
  • Eating disorders and body dismorphic disorder
  • PTSD
  • Psychosis and paranoia

There will be a critical commentary on the clinical and ethical implications of AR/VR technology followed by discussion and audience questions.

During this webinar you will:

  • Learn the ways in which AR/VR is applied in anxieties and phobias 
  • Understand the ways in which AR/VR is applied in eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder 
  • Know the ways in which AR/VR is applied in PTSD 
  • Learn the ways in which AR/VR is applied in psychosis and paranoia

This webinar is CPD accredited. 

This is an episode of a series of Mind Matters webinars presented by the RSM Psychiatry section. 

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


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Welcome and introduction

Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies

Anxieties and phobias

Professor Cristina Botella, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Universitat Jaume I, Instituto Salud Carlos III

Anorexia nervosa (AN) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

Professor Giuseppe Riva, Full Professor, Director of the Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab, Catholic University of Sacred Heart

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Dr JoAnn Difede, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Attending Psychologist at New York Presbyterian, Director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, Weill Cornell Medical College

Psychosis and paranoia

Professor Alexandre Dumais, Associate Professor, Researcher and Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry and Addictology, Institute of Mental Health, Montreal University, Canada 

Panel discussion

Professor Kim Bullock, Clinical Professor, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine

Professor Stéphane Vial, Associate Professor, School of Design, University of Quebec, Montreal


Close of meeting



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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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