Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo: “Virtual Patients for Clinical Therapist Skills Training”

September 17, 2007 | Paris, France

Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo
Host: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2007)

Virtual humans offer an exciting and powerful potential for rich interactive experiences. Fully embodied virtual humans are growing in capability, ease, and utility. As a result, they present an opportunity for expanding research into burgeoning virtual patient medical applications. In this paper we consider the ways in which one may go about building and applying virtual human technology to the virtual patient domain. Specifically we aim to show that virtual human technology may be used to help develop the interviewing and diagnostics skills of developing clinicians. Herein we proffer a description of our iterative design process and preliminary results to show that virtual patients may be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy education.