Honors Program

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Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Jeff Roach

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Matthew Harrison


This research focuses on the integration of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Virtual Reality (VR). EMDR is a therapeutic approach using bilateral stimulation to process distressing memories, emotions, and experiences. It is widely employed for conditions like PTSD, anxiety, and depression. The study involves the development of a proof-of-concept virtual reality tool tailored for EMDR therapy sessions. The tool comprises a bilaterally moving sphere within the user's VR environment, controllable by the therapist through a graphical interface on a computer. The therapist can dynamically adjust the sphere's color, speed, and sound to enhance the therapeutic process. The study's findings affirm the feasibility of creating a VR tool that supports therapists in conducting effective EMDR therapy sessions.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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