• Speaker Series

    Tech Meets Mental Health

    Host: Skip Rizzo

    • Director for Medical Virtual Reality at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies
    • Research Professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and USC Keck School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Date: April - Aug 2021

    Time: See below


    Live Stream on YouTube Channel: Cognitive Leap Solutions, Inc.

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    Cognitive Leap Solutions Inc. invites guest speakers in the digital mental health industry to share

    • their experience working in the industry
    • how has the industry involved throughout time
    • the exciting future that lies ahead

    Business leaders, physicians, scientists, and even patients, or people like you will join the conversation.



    Walter Greenleaf

    Walter Greenleaf is a neuroscientist and a medical technology developer working at Stanford University. Walter is considered a leading authority in the field of digital medicine and medical virtual reality technology with over three decades of research and development experience.


    Event Date: April 22, 2021

    Event Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

    Topic: History of VR Technology and Mental Health


    Watch it here

    Brett Leonard

    Brett Leonard is an award-winning filmmaker as a pioneer in the development and use of new media technologies and a leader in VR> He introduced the concept to popular culture in his fit film "The Lawnmower Man." Many tech leaders of the VR industry count this film as their key inspiration for creating the actual "reality" of this world-changing medium.


    Event Date: May 13, 2021

    Event Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

    Topic: Pioneer of a Generation: a Conversation with Brett Leonard


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    Linda Jacobson

    Linda Jacobson is a long-time virtual reality product developer, tech writer, and producer who works for the healthcare company Penumbra Inc. Linda with the co-founding editor of Wired magazine, then joined Silicon Graphics and helped launch the global VR industry, introducing thousands of professionals to VR. Nowadays, she is a gerontologist primarily implementing VR and AR for aging populations.


    Event Date: June 10, 2021

    Event Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

    Topic: How VR Supports Cognitive Wellness Through Our Lifespan


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    Sandra Chapman, Julie Fratantoni, Aaron Tate from Center for BrainHealth®

    Center for BrainHealth® is a leading research center of the brain at the University of Texas at Dallas, discovering and translating scientific breakthroughs into practical strategies that increase brain performance in transformational ways.

    Joined by founder and chief director Dr. Sandra Chapman, head of operations of the BrainHealth Project, Dr. Julie Fratantoni, and head of emerging technologies, Aaron Tate, our interview will focus on how brain health research will transform the future of healthcare.


    Event Date: July 9, 2021

    Event Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

    Topic: Transforming the Future of Brain Health


    Watch it here