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Introducing Virtual Reality for Social Anxiety and the Transition to College

CUCARD has partnered with a technology startup company, Headset Health, to develop a novel immersive virtual reality (VR) program. Our program, among the first of its kind, was designed for use with adolescents and emerging adults struggling with social anxiety and/or the transition to college. The VR scenarios take place in virtual dorm rooms, parties, and classrooms and offer skill-building in assertiveness, social skills, and anxiety management, as well as exposure to anxiety-provoking situations (e.g., asking a professor for an extension, meeting new people at a party). CUCARD clinicians are currently using the VR program during the assessment process, as well as during individual and group treatment.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lauren Hoffman at 212-342-0969.