Dr. Elizabeth McMahon Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Private Practice

Dr. Elizabeth McMahon

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD is a thought leader in the use of VR in psychotherapy. She has been using VR with clients since 2010 and routinely uses VR products from several companies to treat anxiety disorders in her private practice.

Dr. McMahon is actively involved in training therapists in the use of VR through continuing education workshops for the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, Psious, and PESI. She offers individual and group consultation to therapists interested in VRET.

Her client workbook Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Interactive Guide was published this year. Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety: Therapist Guide (with Debra Boeldt, PhD of the National Mental Health Innovation Center) is in press. Accredited live, online, and self-study CE trainings based on the therapist guide will be forthcoming.

During her 32 years at Kaiser Permanente as a clinical psychologist, she helped create regional best practices for anxiety disorders, served as primary supervisor and training director for post-doctoral psychology residents, and received an outstanding innovator award for her research on the effectiveness of VR in anxiety treatment.

Dr. McMahon obtained her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and her post-doctoral residency at the Sheppard-Pratt Psychiatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD.


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