Development

Welcome to the Research and Development division at Virtually Better, where our team specializes in developing science-based technologies to increase the availability and accessibility of evidence-based interventions for various health conditions.

For almost 20 years, VBI has been a leader and innovator in the development of evidence-based, psychologically-relevant virtual reality applications for the treatment of behavioral and cognitive disorders. Our research team has a long track-record of successful collaborations with researchers, government agencies and private organizations who seek a science- and clinically-driven partner to develop highly interactive and engaging software applications. Much of our success has been the direct result of sponsored projects funded from federal agencies including many Institutes and Centers within the National Institute of Health (NIH), including NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, NIAMS, NHLBI, NIDCD, and NICHD, as well as the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Our Research and Development includes collaborations with many premier academic and research institutions, including Medical University of South Carolina, Harvard University, University of Southern California/Institute of Creative Technologies, Brown University and its Lifespan Partners (Rhode Island Hospital, the Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital), University of Central Florida, University of Houston, University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Curtin University (Australia), George Washington University, Cornell Weill Medical College, Emory University, and more.

VBI and its principals are viewed as experts in the development, evaluation, dissemination, and commercialization of virtual reality and other enabling technologies for behavioral change. VBI’s history of success includes:
1) Over 75 research publications in the clinical psychology and psychiatry literature discussing modeling, simulation, and enabling technologies
2) Six copyrighted Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy clinical manuals for phobias, substance use disorders, and PTSD
3) Awarded over 20 NIH Phase I/II SBIR/STTRs
4) Creation of over 50 different virtual environments, many of which are the direct result of Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTRs
5) Responsible for the largest deployment of virtual reality technologies for health-related applications within the Department of Defense to treat wounded warriors (contract # GS09Q08DFC3550 awarded in 2009)

We continue to expand our portfolio and areas of domain expertise. If you have interests in exploring research collaborations with us or are in need of a clinical and technology team who can transform your ideas into interactive software applications, please contact our Vice President of Research, Dr. Josh Spitalnick at Spitalnick@virtuallybetter.com