Research Collaborators

Our Research Collaborators represent some of the most prestigious academic and research universities,
treatment facilities, and clinical organizations. If you are interested in discussing a collaboration with Virtually Better,
please contact, VBI Research.

Current Collaborations

Brown University, The Miriam Hospital (Lifespan Partners) 
Key Collaborator: J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research)
Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Funded Project: “Experience Success: Virtual Reality to Enhance Internet Weight Loss” (1R41HL114046-01)
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan Partners)
Key Collaborator: Larry K. Brown, M.D.
Director of Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatry Research
Department of Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital
Professor, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Young Adult Behavioral Health Program
Funded Project: “Digital Star: HIV Prevention for Youth in Mental Health Treatment” (1R44MH102140-01)
Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan Partners)
Key Collaborator: Wendy Hadley, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Rhode Island Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Funded Projects: “Eliciting Affect in Teens in a Virtual World” (R41MH087322-01)
Funded Projects: “Reduce the Risk: An Affect Management Program for HIV Prevention” (2R42MH087322-02, 5R42MH087322-03)
Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan Partners)
Key Collaborator: Elizabeth L. McQuaid, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium
Associate Professor (Research)
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Funded Project: “Web-based and Interactive Virtual Environments for Children with Food Allergies” (1R43HD075524-01)
Funding Agency: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)

Georgia State University
Key Collaborator: Page Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Chair and Director of Clinical Training
Clinical Psychology
Georgia State University
Funded Project: “D-Cycloserine and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Delivered on an iPad: Increasing Access to Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder”
Funding Agency: Healthcare Innovation Program/Atlanta Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant Program

Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment (KCCAT)
Key Collaborator: Lisa Hale, Ph.D.
Founder & Director, Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, P.A.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Funded Project: “Web-Based CBT for Childhood Anxiety: A Family-Led Approach” (1R43MH098470-01, 5R43MH098470-02)
Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

University of Houston
Key Collaborator: Candice A. Alfano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids (SACK)
Department of Psychology
University of Houston
Funded Project: “Ready, Set, Snooze! A web-delivered, prescriptive intervention for pediatric sleep” (1R43HD075548-01)
Funding Agency: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)

University of Central Florida
Key Collaborator: Deborah Beidel Ph.D., ABPP
Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education
Associate Chair for Research
University of Central Florida
Funded Project: “Virtual Environments for Childhood Social Phobia” (1R41MH094019-01, 5R41MH094019-02 )
Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Previous Research Collaborations (Selected List):
Cornell Weill Medical College
Emory University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Medical University of South Carolina
Naval Medical Center-San Diego
University of Southern California/Institute of Creative Technologies
University of Georgia
Virginia Commonwealth University