Dr. Durnell: Media psychologist focused on medical virtual reality (VR)

Linda Durnell PhD., is a media psychologist, medical/clinical consultant and educator.  Focusing on the intersection of virtual reality (VR) and media psychology, Dr. Durnell works in the commercialization and human behavior side of VR in medical and clinical applications—VR innovations for the treatment of PTSD/Phobias, mental health, pain management, addictions, cognitive rehabilitation, medical/clinical education, wellness and surgical training. Dr. Durnell focuses on accelerating all stages of immersive technology innovation.

Dr. Durnell’s current research is on the Emotional Reactions of Viewing a Crisis in Virtual Reality (VR), which she presented at Stanford’s 3rd Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change as well as the VR and Healthcare Symposium at Harvard Medical School. As adjunct faculty, Dr. Durnell teaches graduate students the “Psychology of Technology.” Dr. Durnell works with technology and non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley and works with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and Joint Staff (SMA) to assess options in the cognitive space to disrupt and counter ISIL operational capabilities and train the Psychological Operations (PO) operators. Durnell is a frequent presenter at technology (AWE) and psychology conferences (APA) and public lectures on the topics of virtual reality for social change, the neuroscience of immersive technology and how technology affects human behavior.