DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL VIRTUAL REALITY RESEARCH, INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES & RESEARCH PROFESSOR, DEPT. OF PSYCHIATRY AND THE SCHOOL OF GERONTOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D., conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems in the treatment of PTSD, autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other serious disorders. He studies how interactive and immersive VR simulations can be applied to healthcare needs, beyond what’s possible with traditional tools and methods. Rizzo also tracks VR applications in clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. He is a clinical psychologist and the director of Medical Virtual Reality Research at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California; and research professor in the USC Department of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. In his spare time he plays rugby, listens to music, rides his motorcycle and thinks about new ways that VR can drag the field of psychology, kickin’ and screamin’, into the 21st century. To view videos on his work, please visit: Youtube.com.