Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., MBA, BCB, BCN is a licensed clinical psychologist with the California Board of Psychology and the Belgian Commission des Psychologues. She holds a doctorate is in clinical health psychology, and is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback.
Professor Wiederhold serves as CEO of the Interactive Media Institute, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to furthering the application of advanced technologies for patient care; a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego; a member of the Medical Staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla; and a visiting professor at the Catholic University in Milan and an Advisory Board Member for the International Child Art Foundation in Washington, DC.
Founder of the international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy, & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY), now celebrating its 22nd year, she also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the MedLine-indexed CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking Journal (CYBER) published by Mary Ann Liebert Publishers in New York. She has over 300 scientific publications and is currently completing her 18th book. Recognized as an international leader in the treatment of stress-related disorders, burnout, pain and anxiety (panic, posttraumatic stress disorder and phobias) with Virtual Reality exposure, biofeedback and cognitive-behavioral therapy, in 1996 she conducted the first randomised controlled clinical trial using VR and biosensors to treat fear of flying. In 2006 she conducted the first randomised controlled clinical trial using VR to treat Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffering from PTSD. She has conducted over 10,000 VR therapy sessions and given invited lectures and training programs in 29 countries throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Professor Wiederhold works to inform and educate policymakers, funding agencies, world leaders, the scientific community and general public about the transformative impact technology can have on healthcare. A U.S. citizen, Dr. Wiederhold has lived and worked in Asia, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium.
- Wiederhold, Mark D., and Brenda K. Wiederhold. “Virtual reality and interactive simulation for pain distraction.” (2007): S182-S188.
- Wiederhold, Brenda K., Giuseppe Riva, and Guendalina Graffigna. “Ensuring the best care for our increasing aging population: health engagement and positive technology can help patients achieve a more active role in future healthcare.” (2013): 411-412.
- Wiederhold, Mark D., Kenneth Gao, and Brenda K. Wiederhold. “Clinical use of virtual reality distraction system to reduce anxiety and pain in dental procedures.” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 17.6 (2014): 359-365.