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CS1-12 - A Closer Look at Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Telepresence

Tuesday, May 1
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: E450A

Explore how technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and telepresence (TPr) are being applied to medicine, psychiatry and social neuroscience. Gain an understanding of what these technologies offer telehealth through this review of their common denominators, differences and defining qualities. Explore applications and methods and how VR, AR and TPr can facilitate learning, engagement and communication.

Learning Objectives:

Donald M. Hilty

ACOS, MH & Vice-Chair of VA MH
VANCS & Davis School of Medicine

Donald M. Hilty, M.D., is a scholar in psychiatric and medical education, health services, and telemedicine. He is the Associate Chief of Staff of Mental Health of the Northern California Veterans Administration Health Care System, and Professor and Vice-Chair of Veterans Affairs in Psychiatry at UC Davis. He speaks internationally and researches models of care with an AHRQ RCT comparing synchronous and asynchronous telepsychiatry, as well as social media, mobile health and psych app technologies. He has obtained 20 studies grants and 7 contracts from the NIH, AHRQ, California Endowment, and OSHPD and has conducted randomized trials of the treatment of depression via telemedicine with collaborative care and disease management, as well as a comparison of synchronous and asynchronous telepsychiatry. Dr. Hilty is Editor of both the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science and Psychology and Cognitive Science, and is Editor of the Innovation in Technology Column for Academic Psychiatry. He has written 200 publications and the book entitled Key Issues in e-Mental Health by Springer Publishing. He is on the APA-IOM and APA-ATA Guideline Writing Groups. He is Guest Editor for a Special Edition for Academic Psychiatry entitled, “Tele- and E-Behavioral Health: Evidence-Based Approaches for Telepsychiatry to Social Media/Networking to Psych Apps.”


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Marlene Maheu

Executive Director, Telebehavioral Health Institute
Co-founder, Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Sciences

Consultant, trainer, author and researcher, Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute. For more than twenty years, Marlene’s focus has focused on the legal and ethical development and use of technologies to better serve behavioral health. She has served on a dozen professional association committees and task forces related to telehealth. She has been widely published in a variety of professional journals, was lead author of two telehealth textbooks, and has two more texts coming out this summer. She consults with start-ups and trains internationally on the subject of best practices and risk management.


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Richard Pantera

Chief, Neurological Services
Kaweah Delta Medical Center; Keck USC School of Medicine

Dr. Richard Pantera is a neurologist in Visalia, California and is Chief of Neurological Services at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He specializes in artificial intelligence, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality and other technology innovations. He is a core faculty member for the Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine Department and Psychiatric Residency Program. He is researching VR headsets and psychiatric diagnosis.


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Karan Randhawa

Resident Applicant, Psychiatric Training

Karanbir is a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. KDMC is a 580-bed hospital serving the diverse, underserved Central Valley in California. He works with Dr. Donald Hilty, Chair of the Department and recent Program Director of Residency Training, specifically on both research and scholarship publications, articles, special editions and books. He helps organize teams across the country who collaborate on competencies, literature reviews and other complex long-term endeavors. He is applying for Psychiatry Residency this year as part of the ACGME/AAMC ERAS Network, doing volunteer clinical rotations and working full-time.


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