007: Bald Eagles in the Town Dump: A Laughing Matter

For this special episode, Garrison and Matt sat down to talk about a funny thing that happened in Juneau, Alaska. Posts

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006: Noah Robinson – VR and Addiction Recovery, Finding Yourself Online

In this episode, hosts Matt and Debbie interview Noah Robinson, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University who is exploring how VR can be used to treat addiction. He...

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005: Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu – Elizabeth McMahon Sings Opera, Treats Anxiety with VR

In this episode, Matt and Debbie interview Elizabeth McMahon, a psychologist who opened a private practice after over 30 years at Kaiser Permanante. She’s one of the first...

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This podcast is produced by the National Mental Health Innovation Center at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. The Center’s mission is to find, develop and put into practice big new ideas to change the way people approach and think about mental health. 

Show Hosts

Matt Vogl

Matt Vogl

In 2015, Matt Vogl co-founded the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC). He now serves as Executive Director of NMHIC at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, where he leads a team to better treat and prevent mental illness. Previously, Matt was the Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Depression Center. He earned a BA from Marquette University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Matt was a standup comic for 12 years and is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He has two sons with his amazing wife.

Rick Rekedal

Throughout his career, Rick has been driven by the power of story and childhood play, both for children and the child in the heart of every adult. Rick spent over 20 years with DreamWorks Animation, most recently as Chief Creative of franchise development, working on such movies as Trolls, How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. Winner of Annie and Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards and Toy of the Year, Rick is currently developing film and new-media content for Gen Z kids of today and their millennial parents. Author of One Small Step, a personal story of family recovery from the effects of alcoholism and suicide, Rick resides in Pasadena, CA with his family and their schnoodle dog Winston.

Debbie Boeldt

Debbie has spent the past decade understanding the intersection of technology in relation to mental health. As a rogue psychologist, her career has included working in both academia and start-ups. She currently leads mental health technology operations as the Director of Digital Mental Health here at the National Mental Health Innovation Center. She’s a digital medicine enthusiast, avid podcast listener and obsessed with a good cup of coffee. She lives in Colorado and with her husband and dog, Walter.”


Our podcast welcomes the best and brightest from the world of Digital Medicine to share their ideas.

Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Walter Greenleaf, PhD is a research neuroscientist and medical product developer working at Stanford University. Walter is known internationally as an early pioneer in digital medicine and virtual reality (VR) technology. With over three decades of research and product development experience in the field of medical virtual reality technology, Walter is considered a leading authority. Walter is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, the Director of Technology Strategy at the University of Colorado National Mental Health Innovation Center, and Member of the Board of Directors for Brainstorm: The Stanford Laboratory for Brain Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dama Dipayana

Dama has over 10 years of tech start-up experience and has built and lead large teams globally (she has lived in 9 countries). She grew up with an autistic brother and father and is passionate about children’s mental health. She is the CEO of Manatee, which develops software focused on meeting the needs of children with behavioral disorders. She also runs a video production company in LA. 

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD

Elizabeth is a psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. After over 30 years working with Kaiser Permanente, she opened a private practice where she focuses on the treatment of anxiety and phobias. Elizabeth is one of the very few psychologists using Virtual Reality to help her patients overcome their fears. She also sings opera!

Noah Robinson

As a graduate student in the Hollon Research Group, Noah is exploring how virtual reality can be used to treat addiction. He is using virtual reality at an in-patient drug rehabilitation center for patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Noah eventually plans to conduct clinical research through Internet-based virtual reality treatments.

Over the past year he has explored how virtual reality can be used to help regulate the emotions of patients at an in-patient rehabilitation center. He has observed surprising results, with patients reporting that recreational VR significantly decreases negative affect and increases positive affect for a period of hours or days. Noah recently received a NSF I-CORPS grant to travel the country and interview clinicians, providers, and patients on the potential barriers to implementing a VR-based addiction treatment solution.

Do you have questions or feedback? We want to hear from you!

The Crazed Team would love to hear your thoughts on the show: what do you think of the work the guests are doing? Have the conversations helped you to think more about your own mental health, or the mental health of the people in your community? Write us a message and let us know!


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