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Albert “Skip” Rizzo Director of Medical Virtual Reality, USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Albert “Skip” Rizzo is a clinical psychologist and director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a Research Professor with the USC Deptartment of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Over the last 20 years, Rizzo has conducted research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. This work has focused on PTSD, TBI, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other clinical conditions. His recent work has involved in the creation of artificially intelligent virtual human (VH) patients that novice clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging diagnostic interviews and for creating online virtual human healthcare guides and clinical interviewers with automated sensing of facial, gestural, and vocal behaviors useful for inferring the state of the user interacting with these virtual human entities. The common thread that drives all of his digital technologies work involves the study of how interactive and immersive Virtual Reality simulations can be usefully applied to address human healthcare needs beyond what is possible with traditional 20th Century tools and methods.

BJ Casey, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Yale University

BJ Casey is a Professor of Psychology, member of the Justice Collaboratory in the Yale Law School and of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale University in addition to Visiting Investigator at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Casey is a world leader in human neuroimaging and its use in typical and atypical development. She skillfully uses brain imaging to uniquely examine developmental transitions across the life span, especially during the period of adolescence. Her work is grounded in translational studies from genetically altered mice to humans patients, developing models for several mental health problems that affect millions of young people today. Her studies have begun to inform when and how to target treatments to the individual based on age and genetic profile (i.e., precision medicine) and her discoveries have been highlighted by NPR, PBS, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic , and have implications for juvenile justice and mental health policy reform. Dr. Casey has received funding from the NIMH, NIDA and NICHD, NSF, the John Merck Fund, the Dana Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, and has authored nearly 200 publications. Dr. Casey takes the training of the next generation of scientists as seriously as her own research, for which she is passionate.

Eduardo Salas, Ph.D. Allyn R. + Gladys M. Cline Chair and Professor, Rice University

Eduardo Salas is the Allyn R. + Gladys M. Cline Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Rice University. Previously, he was a Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida where he also held an appointment as Program Director for the Human Systems Integration Research Department at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST). Before joining IST, he was a senior research psychologist and Head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAWC-TSD for 15 years. During this period, Dr. Salas served as a principal investigator for numerous R+D programs — including TADMUS — that focused on teamwork, team training, decision-making under stress and performance assessment. Dr. Salas has co-authored over 450 journal articles and book chapters, and has co-edited 29 books and authored one book on team training. His expertise includes assisting organizations in how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, manage decision making under stress, and develop performance measurement tools.


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