Virtual Reality and the Wounds of War




Seth D. Norrholm, Ph.D.
Seth Davin Norrholm, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, a full-time faculty member in the Emory Neuroscience Graduate Program, a VA Research Scientist, and a member of the Emory Clinical Psychology Graduate Program. Dr. Norrholm has spent 20 years studying trauma-, stressor-, anxiety-, depressive-, and substance use-related disorders and he has published over 70 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. The primary objective of his work is to develop “bench-to-bedside” clinical research methods to inform therapeutic interventions for fear and anxiety related disorders. His work has been featured on NBC, ABC,, USA Today, and in Scientific American.

Michael J. Roy, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Roy is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Military Internal Medicine at Uniformed Services University, and Principal Investigator of the Recruitment Core for the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. He is a graduate of Brown University and Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Roy completed his residency in internal medicine and his general medicine fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and retired as a Colonel after 24 years in the Army. He has twice served as president of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Roy is the principal investigator on multiple studies on war-related health, often using new brain imaging techniques and other cutting edge technologies such as virtual reality and smart phone applications. He has authored well over 100 publications including the books Physician’s Guide to Terrorist Attack and Novel Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Matthew Trimmer
Matthew Trimmer has led several mixed reality and game-based training efforts at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. He is currently the project leader for the Immersive Officer Leadership Training (INOTS) and the Emergent Leadership Immersive Training Environment (ELITE) projects and co-project leader for the Virtual Interactive Training Agent (VITA) project. These efforts provide the ICT and its academic, military and private sector collaborators with a unique opportunity to test the effectiveness of virtual human technology and mixed reality training systems when teaching and practicing core leadership skills. In addition, Trimmer has successfully delivered and transitioned ICT technology to the government on the following projects: Joint Fires and Effects Trainer System (JFETS), the Cognitive Air Defense – Training System (CAD-TS), the Self-Directed Learning Internet Module – Every Soldier a Sensor Simulation (SLIM-ES3) and the Distribution Management Cognitive Training Initiative (DMCTI). SLIM-ES3 and DMCTI were recipients of the Army Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Award for training excellence in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He received his B.S. and MBA degrees from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2002 and 2007, with concentrations in cinema-television and technology commercialization.

Albert “Skip” Rizzo
Read his bio here at the MedVR site.

Thomas B. Talbot, MD, MS, FAAP
Dr. Talbot has been at the center of many of the nation’s major medical simulation and gaming efforts as a Defense Department gaming proponent & innovator.   As Principal Medical Expert at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, he creates virtual human interactive patients, emotionally intelligent avatars, and explores virtual reality for medicine and learning.  As a pediatrician and scientist, Dr. Talbot endeavors to create meaningful improvements that will advance the state of the art in amazing things that are useful to people.

Robert Stohr
Robert Stohr is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS and oversees programs and operations at U.S.VETS at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. At U.S.VETS, Mr. Stohr oversees three distinct programs covering employment, housing, and mental health resources for veterans.
Mr. Stohr earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from California State University. Following his master’s degree, Mr. Stohr obtained a license as a Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist. In his 25 year career as a psychotherapist, Mr. Stohr has worked in public schools, private practice, and has facilitated communication training from Couples to Corporations In addition to a private practice, his employment has included a history of administrative positions with various non-profits. In his most recent administrative role prior to U.S.VETS, Mr. Stohr acted as Division Director for the Suicide Prevention Center of Los Angeles at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. At Didi Hirsch, he managed the operation of The Suicide Prevention Hotline. This hotline located in Los Angeles, covered an area of over 11 million people and took over 70,000 calls a year. In addition, to the crisis line he supervised education, outreach, and training in suicide prevention, coordinated efforts with the Mayor’s Crisis Response team, trained FBI and SWAT teams on crisis negotiation for suicide prevention, and met nationally at SAMHSA to discuss partnerships between crisis lines and local emergency departments. He has presented at national conferences on a manual that he co-authored about working with suicide attempt survivors and is now active in bringing this information to the veteran community.