Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo
Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo is the director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. He serves as a research professor at the USC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Rizzo’s research focuses on the development and use of virtual reality (VR) systems to assess and treat post-traumatic stress (PTS). He created the BraveMind VR exposure therapy program used to treat PTS in veterans. The BraveMind program creates “worlds” of combat scenarios, which place veterans back within their memories of combat to work through their post-traumatic stress. The BraveMind technology has been donated to 24 VA hospitals and medical facilities across the country through the nonprofit SoldierStrong’s StrongMind program. For his work, Rizzo received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma.