UCF RESTORES® Proprietary VR Technology Tool
At UCF RESTORES, our core approach to treatment is exposure therapy, enhanced using fully immersive virtual reality (VR) technology. By guiding our patients to face very specific elements of their traumatic memory – including sights, smells and sounds – we are able to help them process that memory, put their trauma in its place and regain control of their daily lives.
While VR has always played a role in our approach, UCF RESTORES is now testing a new VR system, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, that could enhance treatment for both military and civilian traumas by dynamically recreating scenarios specific to each patient’s unique experience.
When this project is complete, we will share our technology with trained therapists across the nation. At UCF RESTORES, though we have been humbled to serve so many, we understand that not everyone can come to Central Florida for treatment. In sharing our work with others, we hope to open the door to posttraumatic healing for countless individuals that may not have had access to our treatment otherwise.
This is an intensive two-week treatment program conducted at the University of Central Florida’s UCF RESTORES Center. There is no charge for participating in this research program, and hotel accommodations will be provided if desired.
Participants must be 18 years or older and qualify for a diagnosis of PTSD.
For further information about this program, please call UCF RESTORES at (407) 823-3910, option 1.
Performance Anxiety Study
Do you feel anxious when you have to give speech or talk in front of a group?
If you are a UCF student, faculty member, or staff member who experiences anxiety in performance situations, you may qualify for a research study.
UCF RESTORES and UCF Student Health Services are conducting a study examining the effects of an experimental medication on performance anxiety. You must be between the ages of 18 and 70, speak English fluently, and experience anxiety in performance situations, such as giving speeches or presentations.
Study participants will be compensated for their time, and all study procedures and medication are provided free of charge. The full study involves two appointments, each approximately 3 to 5 hours.
If you are interested in participating, please contact UCF RESTORES at (407) 823-1719 and ask about the performance anxiety study.
Sleep Games Study
For people with insomnia, getting a good night sleep is not a game. But what if a game could help you sleep?
If you experience sleep problems, you may be eligible to participate in a research study.
One thing is certain – no matter how hard you try, you cannot force yourself to go to sleep, but learning healthy sleep habits can improve your sleep. We are developing a game that teaches these habits so you can get a better night’s sleep. You can help us evaluate whether playing this game improves your sleep.
Are you eligible?
If you are at least 18 years of age and have trouble sleeping, this sleep game may help you learn the skills to sleep longer and better.
This is an online research study and you will participate from your home or another place of your choosing.
Total time of Participation
If you are 18 years of age or older and are suffering from sleep problems, you will first complete several online questionnaires, lasting about 60 minutes. Then you will play the game for about 15 minutes each day on your phone. At the end of the 30 days, you will be asked to complete additional questionnaires (online), lasting approximately 90 minutes.
If you complete this study, we will send you a $25.00 Amazon gift card as a token of our appreciation.
- This announcement is being provided for information only.
- This study has been approved by The University of Central Florida’s Institutional Review Board.
- Principal Investigator: Clint Bowers, Ph.D. (Clint.Bowers@ucf.edu).
For more information, please contact: Christine Seaver
Phone: (407) 346-0816