Dr. Spitalnick is a Clinical Psychologist who serves as the Director of Research and Clinical Services at Virtually Better, Inc. (VBI), in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Spitalnick is the recipient of numerous clinical, research, and technology awards, including the Kirschstein National Research Service Award from NIMH, and in 2009 was awarded a DoD contract that, to date, represents the largest deployment of virtual reality technology within the Department of Defense, tasked to address the psychological needs of Wounded Warriors.
His research interests focus on developing, validating, and commercializing various technologies to enhance treatment, education, and training in the areas of behavioral, medical, and public health. Dr. Spitalnick serves as a Principal Investigator (PI) on a variety of technology-focused research and development grants, with subject matter including HIV-risk reduction, substance abuse, pediatric anxiety, social phobia, and chronic disease management (such as obesity, allergies, and asthma). Under these programs, Dr. Spitalnick manages teams of internationally recognized psychologists, software engineers, and technology experts.
Finally, Dr. Spitalnick serves as a Program Manager for the CDC, US Army, and US Air Force, working to develop and disseminate various technologies to address PTSD, stress and resiliency, and the psychological health of soldiers, veterans, and their families. In this capacity, he serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the USAF as it pertains to technology-driven solution targeting the treatment of various health conditions.