Thomas Parsons, Patrick Kenny, Skip Rizzo: “Virtual Human Patients for Training of Clinical Interview and Communication Skills”

September 8, 2008 | Maia & Porto, Portugal

Speaker: Thomas Parsons, Patrick Kenny, Skip Rizzo
Host: 2008 International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies

Although schools commonly make use of standardized patients to teach interview skills, the diversity of the scenarios standardized patients can characterize is limited by availability of human actors. Virtual Human Agent technology has evolved to a point where esearchers may begin developing mental health applications that make use of virtual reality patients. The work presented here is a preliminary attempt at what we believe to be a large application area. Herein we describe an ongoing study of our virtual patients. We present an approach that allows novice mental health clinicians to conduct an interview with virtual character that emulates 1) an adolescent male with conduct disorder; and 2) an adolescent female who has recently been physically traumatized.