Dennis Patrick Wood '71
Dennis has been a clinical psychologist for the past 35 years, consulting with the Virtual Reality Medical Center, San Diego, since 2006, and is also affiliated with the Crownview Medical Group in Coronado. Most recently, he has worked with U.S. Marines and sailors diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), using a form of exposure therapy that uses virtual reality, computer technology, meditation and biofeedback. Dennis has co-authored a paper titled "Cybertherapy for Combat-Related posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Pain Management and Physical Rehabilitation Following stroke" that appeared in the Wounds of War II/ NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, published by NATO in July 2010. New Text: Below is a link for a YouTube video describing Virtual Reality Therapy and the Virtual Reality treatment of warriors diagnosed with combat-related PTSD that aired on The Mike Huckabee Show on May 25 & 26, 2013. The star of this segment on The Huckabee Show is HM2 (retired) Akil Crawford (e.g., Ramadi, Iraq in 2005), with Dennis Patrick Wood in a cameo role. Dennis has had the privilege to work with over 50 OIF/OEF combat veterans utilizing Virtual Reality Therapy at both Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and Naval Medical Center San Diego. Using an Office of Naval (ONR) research/treatment grant, the Virtual Reality Treatment for combat-related PTSD protocol was developed by the Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC) in San Diego (www.vrphobia.com). A copy of one of the papers Dennis co-authored, describing the effectiveness of VR Therapy, is posted on the VRMC web page. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y79sBIz2FvY
Questions about VR Therapy are welcomed as are questions about VRMC's ONR funded projects at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and Naval Medical Center San Diego. Of note, Dennis retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves in April 2005. He and Joan continue to live in San Diego.