Brenda Wiederhold

Brenda Wiederhold

Biography

 

A licensed clinical psychologist in the U.S. and Europe, visiting professor at the Catholic University in Milan, and an entrepreneur, Dr. Wiederhold is President of the Virtual Reality Medical Institute in Belgium and CEO of the Virtual Reality Medical Center in California. She completed the first randomized, controlled clinical trial to provide virtual reality medical therapy for war veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her most recent achievement is working with coalition troops to provide stress inoculation training prior to deployment. She performs stress inoculation training for first responders in conjunction with training skills specific to the task. These are in addition to her VR work since the mid-1990s with the civilian sector of patients.
She also works to inform and educate policymakers, funding agents, and both the scientific community and general public to advance the medical field with technology. Dr. Wiederhold is recognized as a world leader in the treatment of anxiety, stress, burnout, chronic pain and PTSD with VR exposure and cognitive-behavioural therapy, objectively measuring results with physiological monitoring devices. She is the founder of the international CyberPsychology&CyberTherapy Conference, now in its 21st year, and the Editor-in-Chief of the MedLine-indexed CyberPsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking Journal. She has given invited lectures on the topic of advanced technologies and healthcare in 25countries throughout Europe and Asia and has published more than 250 articles and fifteen books on the subject.Dr. Wiederhold is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, and she served previouslyas the Senior Behavioral Healthcare Consultant for the Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army, helping to establish their behavioural healthcare and simulation portfolio. She now serves as an Innovation Expert for the European Commission in Europe and as a Scientific Reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program in the U.S.