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Dr Per Carlbring

Dr. Per Carlbring is a professor in clinical psychology at Stockholm University, Sweden. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers often in the field of treating anxiety and depression using new technologies (such as internet interventions, smartphone applications, and virtual reality). Some papers have recieved large international news coverage such as a paper entitled "A large-scale experiment on New Year’s resolutions: Approach-oriented goals are more successful than avoidance-oriented goals".

Professor Carlbring is a licensed psychologist and a licensed psychotherapist and is the head of the clinical division at the Department of Psychology. Since 2018 he is also a visiting professor in eMental Health at the Southern University in Denmark. For more information about Professor Carlbring, and a complete list of publications, see

A selection of a few recent publications:

Mechler, J., Lindqvist, K., Carlbring, P., Topooco, N., Falkenström, F., Lilliengren, P., . . . Philips, B. (2022). Therapist-guided internet-based psychodynamic therapy versus cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescent depression in Sweden: a randomised, clinical, non-inferiority trial. The Lancet Digital Health, 4(8), e594-e603. doi:10.1016/S2589-7500(22)00095-4

Polak, M., Tanzer, N., & Carlbring, P. (2022). Effects of virtual reality exposure therapy versus in vivo exposure in treating social anxiety disorder in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 18, e1259. doi:10.1002/cl2.1259

Ma, L., Mor, S., Anderson, P. L., Baños, R. M., Botella, C., Bouchard, S., Cárdenas-López, G., Donker, T., Fernández-Álvarez, J., Lindner, P., Mühlberger, A., Powers, M. B., Quero, S., Rothbaum, B., Wiederhold, B. K., & Carlbring, P. (2021). Integrating virtual realities and psychotherapy: SWOT analysis on VR and MR based treatments of anxiety and stress-related disorders. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 50(6), 509-526. doi:10.1080/16506073.2021.1939410

De Witte, N. A. J., Carlbring, P., Etzelmueller, A., Nordgreen, T., Karekla, M., Haddouk, L., Belmont, A., Øverland, S., Abi-Habib, R., Bernaerts, S., Brugnera, A., Compare, A., Duque, A., Ebert, D. D., Eimontas, J., Kassianos, A. P., Salgado, J., Schwerdtfeger, A., Tohme, P., Van Assche, E., & Van Daele, T. (2021). Online consultations in mental healthcare during the COVID-19 outbreak: An international survey study on professionals’ motivations and perceived barriers. Internet Interventions, 25, 100405. doi:10.1016/j.invent.2021.100405

Transitioning from in-vivo to immersive technologies in CBT

PsycReality has signed collaboration partnership with MEPA for 5 years for academic / clinical research and commercializing the product in Middle East region. There are about 13 psychologists doing academic and clinical research with published articles from those psychologists. This panel discussion will give opportunity to audience to listen the verdict from those who have been using newest technologies in psychology also to those who have been doing research. This discussion will educate and also will invite audience to get involved in the discussion of technological advancements in psychology.

We have also psychologists from Europe who have treated nearly 2000 patients in last 3-4 years using VR. Also, Professor Per Carlbring has written (peer reviewed) over 300 articles on psychology, phobias, anxiety and use of technology.

This panel discussion will enlighten the audience as how immersive and innovative technologies helping mental health professionals solve anxiety, phobias and fears better and faster through immersive technologies, education and scientific research. Also the use of additional technologies such as VR, AI, Haptic & 360° real videos (first ever used in psychology)

According to W.H.O. there are nearly 950 million people in the world suffering from mental illnesses, these numbers are excluded 60% increase in anxiety for EU population alone during COVID.

We have conducted initial clinical trials in Vienna, which has shown over 90% improvement in patient's conditions through exposure therapy and also have reduced the treatment time by up to 50%.

Based on our first clinical trials, we have adapted the changes and added more technologies i.e. use of neurofeedback and haptic technology to see real time brain activity alongside giving real sensation of stimuli on patient's body.

Mental Health is one of least privileged sector in the large scheme of Health domain. We are making use of technology in mental health mor accessible in timely manner and also more economical.

Dr Per Carlbring
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