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Embodied Virtual Reality Therapy for Functional Neurological Symptom/ Conversion Disorder

The purpose of this study is to design and test the safety and feasibility of virtual reality technologies and experiences of egocentric avatar embodiment in the application of physical and cognitive behavior therapy in functional neurological symptom/conversion disorder. Investigators hypothesize that patients will safely use and accept this modality of treatment and will show evidence of a decrease in symptom frequency.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Other: Embodied Virtual Reality Therapy
  • Other: Virtual reality




Inclusion Criteria:

   - Adults 18-65 years, who are diagnosed with functional neurologic symptom or conversion
   disorder. If diagnosis of seizure type then video EEG with diagnosis confirmed by
   board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in epilepsy and clinical
   neurophysiology using the criteria of the International Classification of the
   Epilepsies is required. If diagnosis of motor type, documented and clinically
   established levels of diagnostic certainty (Williams,1995) confirmed by 2 neurologists
   is required.

   - Participants must have at least one symptom per month in the month prior to enrollment

   - Fluency in English spoken language

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Nonfluency or inability to communicate in English spoken language

   - Inability to participate or attend biweekly 30 minute session over 14 weeks

   - Frank psychosis

   - Active self harm urges

   - Serious medical illness

   - Active substance or alcohol use or dependence that could interfere with participation

   - Diagnoses of mental retardation, dementia or delirium

   - Pregnant women

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Kim Bullock, MD