Virtually Better, Inc. was founded in 1996 with the goal of creating virtual reality environments for use in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fear of public speaking, fear of flying, and fear of heights. Today, Virtually Better is a team of psychologists and technologists who are dedicated to advancing the state of the art in behavioral healthcare.
The Clinic at Virtually Better is a private practice staffed by a team of licensed clinical psychologists devoted to using cognitive-behavioral techniques (including virtual reality exposure therapy) for the treatment of various disorders in both adults and children. Virtually Better Technologies is a research and development group focused on bringing interactive technology to behavioral healthcare for treatment and training. Through ongoing collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and major research universities, Virtually Better is exploring interactive technologies to address social anxiety, addiction, pain distraction, and other application areas in behavioral health.
Virtually Better grew from the collaborative research of its founders, Barbara Rothbaum and Larry Hodges, in the early 1990’s. Today Barbara O. Rothbaum, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at the Emory University School of Medicine. Larry F. Hodges, Ph.D., formerly with the Georgia Institute of Technology, is now the C. Tycho Howle Chair and Director of the School of Computing at Clemson University.