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Journal of CyberTherapy and Rehabilitation (JCR)

This quarterly peer-reviewed journal explores the uses of advanced technologies. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, oncology, obesity, eating disorders, AIDS, neurology, and autism, among many others.

  • Readership

This journal is targeted to academics, psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, educators, computer scientists, and those interested in the use of advanced technologies for the enhancement of traditional healthcare.

  • Content

JCR will contain only rigorously scientific articles dealing with cutting edge technological innovations in behavioral healthcare. Articles will cover such varied topics as psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, oncology, obesity, eating disorders, AIDS, neurology, and autism. These topics are meant to guide, but not limit submissions. Each manuscript undergoes multiple reviews by our expert Editorial Board before being considered for publication.

  • Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., MBA, BCIA, Belgium

Associate Editors
- Prof. Cristina Botella, Ph.D., Spain
- Prof. Stéphane Bouchard, Ph.D., Canada
- Prof. Luciano Gamberini, Ph.D., Italy
- Prof. Giuseppe Riva, PhD, Italy

Managing Editor
- Emily Butcher

  • Editorial Board

-Mariano Luis Alcañiz Raya, Ph.D.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Valencia, Spain

-Rosa M. Baños, Ph.D.
University of Valencia
Valencia, Spain

-A.L. Brooks
Aalborg University
Esbjerg, Denmark

-Julian Dooley
Edith Cowan University
Mount Lawley, Australia

-Paul M.G. Emmelkamp, Ph.D.
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

-Uri Feintuch, Ph.D.
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center
Jerusalem, Israel

-Joshua Fogel
Brooklyn College of the City
University of New York
Brooklyn, New York

-Tom Furness, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

-Charles Hughes, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida

-Wijnand IJsselsteigjn, Ph.D.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, Netherlands

-Linda A. Jackson, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

-Sun. I. Kim, Ph.D.
Hanyang University
Seoul, South Korea

-Dragica Kozaric-Kovacic, Ph.D.
University Hospital Dubrava
Zagreb, Croatia

-José Luis Mosso, M.D.
Regional Hospital No. 25 of the IMSS
Mexico City, Mexico

-Paul Pauli, Ph.D.
University of Würzburg
Würzburg, Germany

-Heidi Sveistrup, Ph.D.
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

-Richard M. Satava, M.D., F.A.C.S.
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

-XiaoXiang Zheng
Zhejiang University
Zhejiang Province, P.R. China

Books for general audiences





 

VRMI and its U.S. counterparts have published a variety of books suitable and highly recommended for the general public:

Proceeds from your purchase go to support the non-profit organizations for research and education in the field of advanced technologies and mental health. Please contact us or visit www.vrphobia.com to order.

 

Academic publications





 

IMI-E and its U.S. counterparts are publishing a scientific journal and have published several books for academics:

VRMI and its U.S. counterparts have published a variety of books suitable for the general public. Proceeds from your purchase go to support the non-profit organizations for research and education in the field of advanced technologies and mental health. Please contact us or visit www.vrphobia.com to order.

 

 

Conquering Panic, Anxiety, & Phobias

Achieving Success Through Virtual Reality and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

By Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA
$19.95

This book is written as a starting point toward helping the large portion of the population that suffers from anxiety disorders to overcome their fears and control their anxiety. It is a resource to enable those suffering from anxiety to take control of their lives and become an active participant in their own recovery.

This book is essentially divided into two parts: a discussion of anxiety and anxiety’s physical and emotional effects on sufferers. While virtual reality therapy is described, its use is not necessary in order to follow the suggestions in this book. The lessons and worksheets included can help in a variety of areas, not just anxiety, but also anger, mild depression, and feelings of helplessness.

 

Expose Yourself! San Diego

A Guide for Healthcare Providers and Their Patients

By Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA
$19.95

Expose Yourself! is a tool to help those who are attempting to overcome specific phobias with self-guided exposure therapy. Along with information about anxiety disorders and cognitive-behavioral techniques, this exposure companion contains hundreds of suggestions for possible exposure hierarchies and situations. The book includes photographs and descriptions of a variety of exposure options around San Diego, California, USA, but it can be used for exposure inspiration in any location. Future volumes will be available for different locations around the world.

Expose Yourself! is an invaluable guide for those using it as an adjunct to therapy or for those attempting to overcome their fears on their own.

 

Virtual Healers

By Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA
$24.95

Virtual reality in the mental health arena is barely over a decade old. Because VR is still such a young and focused field, the members of its community have come together as a tight-knit family.

In Virtual Healers, Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, herself one of the pioneers of VR, sits down in casual one-on-one interviews with more than a dozen of the top researchers of this select group. As a fellow scientist and friend, she allows the reader a rare, in-depth look inside their world. Along with her, you will discover the answers to how these remarkable men and women came to the VR field, what successes and setbacks they have experienced, what keeps them going, and how this technology has affected them both personally and professionally.

Virtual Healers is a must-read for the general reader as well as for any healthcare providers who have experienced VR treatment, are considering it, or have an interest in how advanced technologies are shaping the future of health care.

 

Virtual Healing

By Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA
$24.95

Along with aliens and time travel, virtual reality (VR) is often thought of as a science fiction dream. Though it was developed nearly five decades ago, the use of VR in the private sector, particularly in the field of patient care, has become a possibility only in the past decade. As programmers are creating more detailed and interactive environments, the rapid advancement of technology combined with decreasing costs has turned VR into a promising alternative to traditional therapies. VR allows therapists to create a safe, low-cost environment in which they can easily modify the speed and intensity of the therapeutic process. With this ability to tailor the virtual experience to each specific patient's need, the necessity to educate the patient has become increasingly significant.

Virtual Healing fulfills that need. In twelve clear chapters, Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, one of the pioneers in the use of VR, plainly discusses the application of VR for specific phobias, posttraumatic stress disorders, panic disorder, eating disorders and obesity, pain distraction, education and training, nicotine addictions, physical and neurological rehabilitation, erectile dysfunction, and schizophrenia. She explains the symptoms of each disorder and how VR can help. Further, the reader will meet researchers from around the world who are working to advance the use of VR treatment, and hear from patients who have undergone the process. It is Dr. Wiederhold's hope that this book may serve as a source of information as well as comfort.

 

Virtual Reflections

By Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA
$12.95

There have been thousands of volumes published throughout history containing famous quotations. Many of these are well organized, comprehensive, and extremely helpful for researchers. However, often these books are unwieldy, and the task of finding quotes relevant to a specific purpose is frankly not feasible for the casual reader.

This is where Virtual Reflections is different from other quote compilations. The author has selected the quotes and passages included here to be tailored specifically for those who are attempting to overcome panic, anxiety, or phobias. In addition, many of you may find this book useful if you are experiencing feelings of mild depression, or simply need an outward source of inspiration in your life. The goal is not to have this book be a substitute for treatment, but instead to have it serve as an aid as you progress along your journey towards recovery. It is hoped that it may be a source of comfort and strength, bolstering your spirit and helping to ease those difficult moments you may encounter as you begin working towards overcoming your anxiety.

Academic Publications  

A wide range of Academic Publications

IMI-E and its partner organizations offer a wide range of academic publications that outline the advantages of using cybertherapy for cognitive-behavioral, neuropsychological, and physical assessment and intervention applications. Please contact us or visit www.vrphobia.com to order.

 

Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine

Volume 1, 2002 - Volume 5, 2007
Transforming Healthcare Through Technology
Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, Prof. Stephane Bouchard, Ph.D., and, Prof. Giuseppe Riva, PhD

$39.95 each

The Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine (ARCTT) is a peer-reviewed journal covering a wide variety of topics of interest to the mental health, neuroscience, and rehabilitation communities. The mission of ARCTT is to provide systematic, periodic examinations of scholarly advances in the field of cybertherapy and telemedicine through novel, experimental clinical studies or critical authoritative reviews. It is directed to healthcare providers and researchers who are interested in the applications of advanced media for improving the delivery and efficacy of mental healthcare and rehabilitative services. The first volume of ARCTT offers the reader a collection of 15 of the best manuscripts from the 2003 CyberTherapy Conference. It offers critical reviews, evaluation studies, original research, and clinical observations as well as all abstracts from the 2003 conference. The second volume of ARCTToffers an even more extensive selection of manuscripts than the previous years. The editors-in-chiefhave included 17 critical reviews, evaluation studies, original research, and critical observations, as well as all of the abstracts from the 2004 CyberTherapy Conference. The third volume of ARCTT offers the reader a collection of 28 of the best manuscripts from the 2005 CyberTherapy Conference. It offers critical reviews, evaluation studies, original research, and clinical observations as well as all abstracts from the 2005 conference. ARCTT’s 2006 and 2007 volumes continue in this tradition, providing a variety of scientifically rigorous papers from around the world.

 

CyberTherapy Conference Archives 1996-2005

Advances in Evaluation and Treatment
$39.95

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder diagnosed by primary care physicians. In vivo exposure and de-sensitization to the anxiety-provoking scenarios are often used to effectively treat these disorders, but may present a number of practical difficulties for both therapist and patient.

Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety Disorders explores how the latest virtual reality interventions can be used to treat patients with anxiety disorders. Virtual reality therapy enables the patient to experience a realistic, yet carefully controlled exposure to an anxiety-provoking scenario, in the therapist's own office. While virtual reality environments were initially quite costly and demanded powerful computers, their price has decreased of late, making this form of treatment an intriguing option for therapists.

The authors, who are themselves experienced VR therapists, provide detailed guidelines on how to conduct VR treatment with patients suffering from various anxiety disorders. They provide not only an overview of the equipment used and the basic principles of treatment, but also a discussion of virtual reality therapy for specific disorders including panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fear of flying or driving, claustrophobia, arachnophobia, and fear of medical procedures.

Tips and caveats are provided, making this book important reading for therapists interested in exploring an exciting new therapy modality

 

Virtual Reality Resources

By Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA
$19.95

We at the Interactive Media Institute realized early on that it was relatively difficult for professionals wanting to break into the virtual reality (VR) field to locate relevant information. While the material was out there, there was no clear organizational structure or database to link it. To solve this problem, we have put together Virtual Reality Resources, a relevant compilation for researchers and clinicians alike.

Virtual Reality Resources offers a clear overview of the advantages of using VR for cognitive-behavioral, neuropsychological, and physical assessment and intervention applications. Further, it includes pertinent logistical information on such diverse topics as basic cost/benefit questions, CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) grantees, necessary technology, and significant websites. Finally, the selected bibliography is an excellent guide for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of what scientific manuscripts have been published and what work still needs to be done.

We are confident that this collection will not only advance your personal knowledge, but through its clear organization and accessibility will aid in promoting the VR field as a whole.

 

Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Advances in Evaluation and Treatment
By Prof. Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA and Prof. Mark D. Wiederhold, MD, PhD
Publisher: American Psychological Association
$39.95

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder diagnosed by primary care physicians. In vivo exposure and de-sensitization to the anxiety-provoking scenarios are often used to effectively treat these disorders, but may present a number of practical difficulties for both therapist and patient.

Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety Disorders explores how the latest virtual reality interventions can be used to treat patients with anxiety disorders. Virtual reality therapy enables the patient to experience a realistic, yet carefully controlled exposure to an anxiety-provoking scenario, in the therapist's own office. While virtual reality environments were initially quite costly and demanded powerful computers, their price has decreased of late, making this form of treatment an intriguing option for therapists.

The authors, who are themselves experienced VR therapists, provide detailed guidelines on how to conduct VR treatment with patients suffering from various anxiety disorders. They provide not only an overview of the equipment used and the basic principles of treatment, but also a discussion of virtual reality therapy for specific disorders including panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fear of flying or driving, claustrophobia, arachnophobia, and fear of medical procedures.

Tips and caveats are provided, making this book important reading for therapists interested in exploring an exciting new therapy modality.

© 2010 Interactive Media Institute

For more information on virtual reality treatment options, you may wish to visit The Virtual Reality Medical Center at www.vrphobia.com