Translational science is about “translating” new knowledge into health benefits through collaboration and across a variety of disciplines. Translational science involves a cycle of innovations from discovery to community to marketplace and back again. At each step, collaboration among a wide variety of specialists is critical.

Stanford Psychiatry Immersive Technology Consortium (SPIT-C)

Stanford Psychiatry Immersive Technology Consortium (SPIT-C ) is the translational part of our program. SPIT-C is an interdisciplinary team composed of internal and external researchers, providers, developers and other stakeholders dedicated to transforming immersive technology mental health inventions into scalable solutions for organizations and the public marketplace. XR change makers and agents within Stanford Community and beyond are encouraged to join with us. Innovation cannot happen alone and must be scalable to make an impact on humanity.

SPIT-C is open to the public as a way of communicating and connecting to support the development of innovations surrounding XR and behavioral health. We conduct virtual monthly gatherings that include: researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and any mental health/extended reality (XR) enthusiasts.

Psychiatry XR Podcast

Psychiatry XR podcast explores the people and companies impacting the medical extended reality (XR) behavioral health industry and how clinicians utilize XR technology in their day-to-day practice to treat patients. Our hosts also investigate where and how medical XR impacts the healthcare ecosystem now and in the future.

Visit the podcast website for the latest episodes and the complete series.


Using Virtual Reality for Hoarding Disorder | Stanford Medicine News Center

In a pilot study by Stanford Medicine researchers suggests that a virtual reality therapy that allows those with hoarding disorder to rehearse relinquishing possessions in a simulation of their own home could help them declutter in real life. The simulations can help patients practice organizational and decision-making skills learned in cognitive behavioral therapy — currently the standard treatment — and desensitize them to the distress they feel when discarding.

Can Virtual Reality Sessions Treat Chronic Pain? | NBC Nightly News

Dr. Kim Bullock, a neuropsychiatrist at Stanford University, says she made the remarkable discovery by accident. While studying virtual reality for conditions like severe anxiety, a welcome side benefit of that treatment: patients’ chronic pain disappeared.

COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Kim Bullock on Therapy via Virtual Reality | Stanford Medicine

When person-to-person gatherings were suspended because of the Coronavirus pandemic, technology became a lifeline for friends, family, businesses, and care providers. But even before telehealth was in the spotlight, some health professionals were utilizing the unique characteristics of Virtual Reality (VR) to deliver, and enhance, treatments. Dr. Kim Bullock, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is one of those pioneering doctors who embraced VR early on. In this Q&A, she elaborates on how it can offer particular relief for those suffering under the stress of COVID-19.