Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development Advisory Board
Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD
Director for Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies
Skip Rizzo, PhD is Director for Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies. Dr. Rizzo conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation and resilience. His work encompasses the areas of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. Dr. Rizzo currently serves as the associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and holds research professor appointments with the USC Keck School for Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology.
Presently, Dr. Rizzo is working with a team to create artificially intelligent virtual patients that clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging clinical interviews and diagnostic assessments. His cognitive work has addressed the use of VR applications to test and train attention, memory, visuospatial abilities and executive function. In the motor domain, he has developed VR Game systems to address prosthetic use training as well as physical rehabilitation post stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Rizzo is currently designing VR scenarios to address social and vocational interaction in persons with autism spectrum disorder as well as examining the use of VR applications for training emotional coping skills with the aim of preparing service members for the stresses of combat. His work in using virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma.
He is the senior editor of the MIT Press Journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments and sits on a number of editorial boards for journals in the areas of cognition and computer technology. Dr. Rizzo is also the creator of the Virtual Reality Mental Health Email Listserve.
Ramesh Raghavan, MD, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
Ramesh Raghavan, MD, PhD, is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University and also serves as a core faculty of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, with a primary appointment at the Brown School, and a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.
Dr. Raghavan conducts research examining access to, and quality of, mental health services for vulnerable children, especially those in the child welfare system. Much of his NIMH and AHRQ funded research explored Medicaid policymaking, the effects of Medicaid managed care on mental health service use, the longitudinal stability of health insurance coverage for child welfare-involved children, and insurance discontinuities for children leaving foster care. His work on quality has studied the receipt of mental health care consistent with national standards among children in the child welfare system, geographic variations in mental health services, and policy approaches to supporting implementation of mental health services.
Dr. Raghavan currently focuses on developing better predictive models of risk of mental health service use among child Medicaid beneficiaries and understanding the determinants of race/ethnic disparities in Medicaid expenditures for child mental health services. He is the former chair the National Institute of Mental Health Services Research Review Committee, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Child Maltreatment, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. In 2015, he served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families in the US Department of Health and Human Services, working primarily on the Obama Administration’s psychotropic medication use and childhood trauma initiatives.
He received a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MD from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.
Roy Wade, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and General Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Roy Wade, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with a co-appointment in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wade’s research interests focus on the intersection between childhood poverty, adversity, and well-being. Through his work, he plans to translate research on the science of childhood adversity and toxic stress into effective strategies to improve community level systems of care in economically distressed communities.
Dr. Wade earned a PhD in microbiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology before earning a medical degree from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University. Following his pediatric residency training at the University of Virginia, Dr. Wade completed a Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School where he also earned his MPH in Health Policy and Management. He additionally completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wade has been recognized for his work in adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma through various awards, including a Stoneleigh Foundation Early Career Development Award. His work has been published and shared through various medical sources.