Oct 06 - Oct 07
Fri - Sat

3rd Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge - Stanford, CA


Call for Submissions

BRAINSTORM VR INNOVATION LAB: Virtual and augmented reality technologies are transforming what is possible in mental healthcare. That's why we at Stanford are hosting a competition for ideas in virtual and augmented reality that can reimagine the way mental healthcare is delivered.

POSTERS: The conference will feature a number of innovative posters concerning scientific work using virtual and augmented reality in mental healthcare, health behaviors, and healthy behavior change. Posters will preferably include demonstrations and interactive technologies associated with current work.

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A Continuing Medical Education Conference

Presented by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

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Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to register for our 3rd annual conference of innovations in psychiatry and behavioral health. This year our conference is completely devoted to virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies and behavioral change. We will explore the application of immersive technologies for treating and researching addictions, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, pain, depression, psychosomatic illness and more. In addition to lectures with time for questions and answers, the conference will feature a “shark-tank style” innovation lab, demonstrations, and scientific posters. Please join our conference and interact with all stakeholders in this VR/AR and behavioral change space, including psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral scientists, neuroscientists, engineers, developers, designers, computer scientists, business people, etc.


Alan K. Louie, MD and Kim Bullock, MD

Statement of Educational Need

This symposium seeks to fulfill the need for physicians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and clinical social workers to increase their knowledge and competence regarding innovations in the application of virtual reality (including augmented reality) in psychiatry and behavioral health, including appropriate referral of patients for these treatments. Topics will also include discussions of virtual and augmented reality innovations and resources that are most likely to change the field including, but not limited to: emerging therapies and devices, impactful combinations of existing treatments with virtual reality, and models for how clinicians may collaborate on these innovations with computer scientists and engineers. Notably, teaching techniques at the symposium will include speakers , posters, and an innovation lab, in which attendees may apply to present solutions to challenge problems in an award contest and engage in experiential learning to improve upon ideas in real-time through expert feedback and interaction.

Target Audience

  • This is an international program, designed for physicians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and clinical social workers practicing in the following specialties: 
    • Family Practice
    • Primary Care
    • Neurology
    • Psychiatry
    • Anesthesiology
    • Pediatrics
    • Neurosurgery
    • Also welcomed are people interested in VR/AR from fields like medicine, engineering, computer science, business, education, law etc.

Attendees should have a beginner to intermediate level of knowledge in this field.

We are happy to announce that Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available for nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals through our co-sponsorship with the Institute for Better Health.  Complete CE credit statements are listed on the Accreditation tab.

Learning Objectives

  • At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:
    • Evaluate and appropriately refer patients for the newest virtual and augmented reality treatments for health behaviors and mental health including: addiction, anxiety disorders, functional neurological disorder, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain disorders, and other psychiatric disorders. 
    • Evaluate and appropriately refer patients for the newest virtual and augmented reality treatments for the management of pain disorders. 
    • Effectively collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of physicians, computer scientists, engineers, and business people to provide optimal psychiatric and behavioral care to patients.

Conference Syllabus

Conference Team

Yolanda Cervantes

CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 724-9549

To file a grievance, please contact Yolanda Cervantes, CME Conference Coordinator, (650) 724-9549 or email ycervant@stanford.edu

Ginny Jacobs

CME Conference Manager (Interim) 
(650) 736-1896