Virtual Reality Behavioral Activation: An Intervention for Major Depressive Disorder

2020-02-17 18:20:50 | BioPortfolio


The primary purpose of this study is to test the safety and feasibility of virtual reality (VR) technology in the use of behavioral activation (BA) as a treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD). The secondary purpose of this study is to examine whether any evidence of clinical efficacy exists for VR delivered BA.


This is a treatment development trial. Participants will be randomly assigned to BA in VR, BA in real-life, or a waitlist control group. The former two groups will follow a BA protocol developed for primary care settings over a four-week treatment period.

Study Design


Major Depressive Disorder


Virtual Reality Behavioral Activation, Behavioral Activation in real-life


Not yet recruiting


Stanford University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2020-02-17T18:20:50-0500

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