Ms. Cathy McDonald

Cathy McDonald is the Staff Writer with the Public Affairs Office at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

 

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Dr. Stewart presents at PHOP seminar

Some morning lectures can be sleep-inducing, requiring frequent trips to the coffee-and-muffin table at the back of the conference room to stay awake. However, this wasn’t the case at the annual training event for the U.S. Navy and Marine Forces Reserve Psychological Health Outreach Program (PHOP) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on July 30, 2014.

Psychology Residents Experience Telehealth Frontiers

Professional workshops often include role-playing activities. But they usually don’t involve the workshop leader creating an image on a large screen of the vehicle in front of you being flipped by an IED blast as a volunteer describes a war-zone ambush. That kind of thing definitely makes an impression on an audience.

"People told me they were riveted," said Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, the workshop presenter who operated the virtual reality program while a volunteer psychologist wearing a head-mounted display role-played reliving memories of trauma.

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