University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Aug. 15 lecture to focus on using virtual reality simulations in clinical practice

Paul Grossberg, will present a noon lecture titled "Using Virtual Reality Simulations to Enhance Brief Interventions in Clinical Practice" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Reed Keller Auditorium. Grossberg will demostrate clinical interviewing with virtual reality patients as well as other ways to enhance brief motivational interventions to improve patients' behavioral risks and treatment adherance.

Grossberg, clinical professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, completed his MD at Upstate Medical University (Syracuse) and pediatrics residency at UW. He focused his 35-year career in college health, as Director of Student Health Services (UW-Platteville) and at University Health Services (Madison) as Associate Director for Clinical Services, Interim Training Director, and staff physician.

He has been co-investigator on $5 million of grants, including NIAAA-funded studies on High-Risk Drinking in College Students and Virtual Reality Skills Training for Brief Interventions. He is a consultant, teacher and trainer of clinicians, faculty, and staff in brief alcohol and other behavioral interventions at universities and community health centers nationwide. His recent publication, “Inside the Physician’s Black Bag: Critical Ingredients of Brief Alcohol Interventions” in Substance Abuse, provides practical advice for clinicians on the challenges of helping patients change behavior.

His noon lecture is sponsored by the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, and Health & Wellness.

-- Jane Croeker, Health & Wellness, 777.2097,

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