Our Guests

Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Walter is considered to be the leading authority on the application of Virtual Reality for behavioral therapy. Viewed as one of the fathers of Virtual Reality itself, he brings over 30 years of research, development and advocacy for the adoption of this technology, and its potential to improve healthcare from a variety of approaches. Walter graduated from Stanford in 1985 with a PhD in Bio-behavioral Neuroscience, and immediately began developing technology to facilitate cognitive rehabilitation. 

Dama Dipayana

An innovator through and through, Dama is the definition of a Renaissance Woman: Snowboarding instructor, filmmaker, and years of experience in the startup world. Dama is currently developing software to help children with behavioral disorders learn skills they need to manage them in collaboration with their parents. Manatee  uses a combination of AI and gamification to provide families with a strategy work together.

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD

After more than 30 years at Kaiser Permanante, Elizabeth opened her own private practice in San Francisco.She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, phobias, and Positive Psychology Training. As one of the first psychologists to implement Virtual Reality in her therapy practice, she’s a pioneer in this innovative new treatment method.

Noah Robinson

As a graduate student in the Hollon Research Group at Vanderbilt University, 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.

Representative Leslie Herod

Representative Leslie Herod (HD-8) was elected in 2016 as the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly, while receiving the highest number of votes of any candidate running in a contested election. She serves as the Chair of the House Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Legal Services. Rep. Herod also chairs the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and the Arts Caucus.

Justin Kruger

Justin Kruger was inspired to start Project Helping in 2014 after years of regularly volunteering himself in the community. Kruger realized the power that volunteering had in his own life and wanted to share that experience with others. Project Helping organizes volunteer events specifically designed to make an impact — both on you and your community. Through the act of volunteering, participants actively invest in their communities while also reaping the benefits of increased mental wellness. 

Pete Docter

Peter Docter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer, voice actor and chief creative officer of Pixar. He is best known for directing the animated feature films Monsters, Inc., Up, Inside Out and the upcoming Soul, and as a key figure and collaborator at Pixar

Barnaby Perks

Barnaby joined Oxford VR as Founding CEO in March 2018. He has some of the most extensive experience in creating value from digital technology in mental health conditions, having spent the previous seven years as Founding CEO of Cambridge -based Ieso Digital Health. He built the company from its initial clinical trial into the UK’s leading provider of live online cognitive behavioural therapy, delivering evidence-based mental health therapy services in multiple NHS contracts and also to Medicaid patients in the US.

Andy Mathis

Andy leads partnerships and business development at Oculus VR, working with a range of partners to drive VR distribution and engagement. He has spent the last 16 years working in the technology industry in leadership roles that span business development, account management, and sales across Motorola, Esmertec, Google, and now Oculus.

Sharon Lipford

As Program Development Officer with the Mental Health Association of Maryland, Sharon Lipford oversees Engage With, an interactive training program designed for professionals serving older adults.  Prior to joining MHAMD, Sharon brings over 30 years of leadership experience in non-profit and government. 

Stephen Goldberg

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience both in Maryland and nationally working with the Mental Health and Criminal Justice communities, government agencies and local health departments around the country. He is a board certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in forensic psychiatry who trained as a psychiatric
resident and fellow in forensic psychiatry at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

Ronil Shah

Ronil is currently a third year psychiatry resident at the University of Colorado where his academic interests include the crossover of technology and psychiatry, telepsychiatry, cultural psychiatry, and psychotherapy. He is currently involved in the implementation of a VR program into the outpatient clinic and participates in a psychotherapy scholars focused track as part of his residency training.

Zach Demko

Zach is currently a third year psychiatry resident at teh University of Colorado.  He studied psychology at the University of Florida and received his Medical Degree from Florida International University in Miami. In July, he will be beginning a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Stephen Berkowtiz, MD

Dr. Steven Berkowitz, is the Director  of Stress, Trauma, Adversity Research, and Treatment (START) Center at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center. 

Laura McGladrey, PMHNP

Laura McGladrey is a Family and Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her background is in emergency medicine, humanitarian aid and wilderness medicine. She is currently working as faculty UC Health Emergency Department the psychiatric consult service and staffs a stabilization unit for child and adolescent population.