About Us

Having completed the first VR study (for fear of flying) in 1996, Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC) has been at the forefront of VR research and therapeutic applications for 23 years. Through our immersive VR experiences led by an expert licensed clinical psychologist, patients build on their strengths to obtain positive mindsets, well-being, and peak performance.

First VR Head-Mounted Display


Satava Award, Brenda K. Wiederhold PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, 2005
Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Nominee, Small Business Achievement Award, 2005
Aerospace Industries Association, Top New Technology Firms, 2006
California Space Authority, Nominee, CSA Innovation Award, 2007
Naval Medical Center San Diego, Academic Research Competition, Interesting Case Studies, 1st Place, 2007
UCSD CONNECT, Springboard Assistance Winner, 2007
Senior Fellow in Neurofeedback, Brenda K. Wiederhold PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, 2013
Fellow in Biofeedback, Brenda K. Wiederhold PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, 2013

Associated Conferences

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Chairs & Organizers

Professor Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold
Professor Giuseppe Riva

Continuing Education

Our 501c3 non-profit, Interactive Media Institue, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education courses. We are pleased to announce the following course offerings:

Virtual Reality and Anxiety Disorders (including phobias and panic disorder)
Virtual Reality and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Virtual Reality and Pain Management

We are also pleased to offer VR therapy training for therapists interested in learning to incorporate VR into their existing practices.

What People Say

I find comfort in that. Knowing that I can encounter any situation, anywhere, and I’ll be able to handle it. That makes me a better driver.

Stephanie Wall

For me it was a life saver, in that I was then able to go about and do other things not just from flying but other things that had a fear factor of heights and of that nature and so it was powerful.


I only met with Brenda seven or eight times before the therapy worked on me. In fact, before the sessions were completely over, I had already booked our flights to Vermont.

Annette Gaustad

[Now,] it just feels more like excitement than anxiety.

Keely Moore

If you can fly one flight, don’t stop, fly again in a week and after that in another week and then maybe stretch it to two weeks.
I’m happy to say that I’m a—uh—fearless flier I enjoy flier.

Kathy Feldman

Brenda doesn’t focus on the technology. She uses the technology as a part of the whole.

Linda B

You faced something that you found very fearful and you know I probably could have gotten through the rest of my life with out doing this… I could have skated around it, I have in the past.  But it feels so good for a change to confront it and to over come it.

Ronald Davidson