Episode 3 of the husITa Podcast

An Interview with Dr. Erica Nason & Dr. Mark Trahan discussing Virtual Reality Treatment and Exposure Therapy

Author: Jimmy A. Young, PhD

In this episode of the Podcast, I discuss Virtual Reality and 3600 video used with Exposure Therapy for Veterans with Social Anxiety Disorder with Dr. Erica Nason and Dr. Mark Trahan. They, along with their co-authors Scott Smith, Vengelis Metsis, and Katherine Selber published “Virtual Treatment for veteran social anxiety disorder: A comparison of 3600 video and 3D virtual reality” in the Journal of Technology in Human Services  last year. Borrowing from the abstract:

Virtual environments have been increasingly used in conjunction with traditional cognitive behavioral treatments for disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. Research has found that virtual environments can be effectively used as an alternative to in vivo or imaginal exposure. However, research has yet to compare the costs and benefits of different platforms, such as virtual reality and 3600 video, for creating virtual environments. The current qualitative study compares the experiences of veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder as they interact with a virtual grocery store environment.

We also talked about some of the promising elements of virtual reality exposure therapy for future social work practitioners and human service providers. This technology has been evaluated for quite some time but there is still lots more to research and evaluate. I hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and learn as much as I did about exposure therapy and virtual reality.

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Contact Dr. Nason at erica.nason@txstate.edu

Contact Dr. Trahan at marktrahan@txstate.edu

Dr. Mark Trahan on Twitter – @MarkTrahan18

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Young, J. A. (Producer). (2021, February 17). #3 – An Interview with Dr. Erica Nason & Dr. Mark Trahan discussing Virtual Reality Treatment and Exposure Therapy. [Audio Podcast]. husITa Podcast. Retrieved from https://husita.podbean.com/e/interview-with-dr-erica-nason-dr-mark-trahan-discussing-virtual-reality-treatment-and-exposure-therapy/