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COMPUTER BASED EXPOSURE THERAPY FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61066
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
MH064971
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VIRTUALLY BETTER, INC.
2440 LAWRENCEVILLE HWY, STE 200 DECATUR, GA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: COMPUTER BASED EXPOSURE THERAPY FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43MH064971-01
Award Amount: $117,284.00
 

Abstract:

This study will develop and test the feasibility of using virtual reality technology as a part of a computer-based exposure (CBE) self-help program to address public speaking fears. Public speaking anxiety is the most common fear among individuals, affecting up to 57 percent of the general population. Although cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for social anxiety, many individuals do not seek treatment. Self-help programs are one popular alternative to psychiatric treatment. Primary goals of Phase I include are to develop a virtual environment for public speaking anxiety that can be used as a part of a CBE self-help program and to determine the effectiveness of CBE as compared to pre-treatment baseline. Ten participants who meet criteria for social phobia with a prominent fear of public speaking will be assessed using standardized measures prior to and following CBE and again at three-month follow-up. Phase II will test the relative efficacy of CBE and a cognitive-behavioral self-help manual for social anxiety versus a waitlist. The long-term objectives include the development of an effective and affordable self-help program utilizing virtual reality, leading to direct commercial access for anxiety sufferers to help them help themselves.

Principal Investigator:

Page L. Anderson
4046343400
ANDERSON@VIRTUALLYBETTER.COM

Business Contact:

Ken Graap
4046343400
GRAAP@VIRTUALLYBETTER.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

VIRTUALLY BETTER, INC.
VIRTUALLY BETTER, INC. 2450 LAWRENCEVILLE HWY, STE 101 DECATUR, GA 30033

EIN/Tax ID: 582258285
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No