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PsyTech - Matrix and the SkyRa Platforms of the International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health
Hosting organisation:
International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health

37 Strada Republicii | 400015 Cluj-Napoca | Cluj, Transylvania

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Average number of national users per year: 15
Average number of European users per year: 7
Average number of international users per year: 3
Main status: Operational from 2010
RI Type: Distributed

The International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health is an Institute of the Babes-Bolyai University (BBU: http://www.ubbcluj.ro), Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and of the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI: http://albertellis.org), New York, USA, an academic spin-off of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (http://www.clinicalpsychology.ro) of the BBU. The Institute is focused on (1) fundamental/basic/exploratory research (e.g., the mechanisms involved in mental disorders and mental health – in the clinical cognitive neuroscience paradigm); (2) translational research (e.g., using the developments of clinical cognitive sciences for developing new psychological treatments); and (3) applied research/development (e.g., focused on testing and disseminating new evidence-based psychological treatments). A main strength of the Institute is the combination of clinical psychology and technology (e.g., robotics, virtual reality therapy). The Institute has two major world-class integrated research infrastructures/platforms (see for details http://www.psychotherapy.ro) that allow the Institute (and other research teams all over the world) to run top research projects in the clinical cognitive neurosciences field: (1) the Platform for Robotherapy and Virtual Reality Therapy (the Matrix Platform: http://www.psytech.ro) and (2) the Platform for Advanced Imaging – MRI/EEG – in Clinical Cognitive Sciences (the SkyRa Platform: http://www.clinicalpsychology.ro/skyra/). The Institute’s research platforms were constructed based on national funds (our international grants also contributed to their developments) and they are used by research teams all over the world (e.g., Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, USA), independently and/or in collaboration with our research team. Clear procedures regarding the access and ethical guidelines are accessible on the platform’s websites. The Institute and its platforms are parts of larger international Networks (see at www.psychotherapy.ro): (1) ISIC Excellence Network; (2) rNetwork.

Clinical cognitive sciences, clinical psychology, evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy (e.g., cognitive-behavioural & rational-emotive therapy), clinical cognitive neuroscience, virtual reality assessment and therapy, robotic-based therapy (robotherapy)

Research Service(s):
Main services provided to users: access to laboratories and/or technology, user support, training, and clinical services.
The conditions and the rules for the access on the Institute's platforms can be found on the websites of the Matrix Platform (http://www.psytech.ro) and of the SkyRa Platform (http://www.clinicalpsychology.ro/skyra/).
"Holodeck" Lab (the Matrix Platform) - Eon icube
A four wall virtual reality cave system (Eon icube) produced by Eon Reality (http://www.eonreality.com/eon-icube)
"Stress Control" Lab (the Matrix Platform) - A type of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy System
The VR system was created by Virtually Better (VBI) and can be used for various anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, social phobia), skills development, relaxation etc. (http://www.virtuallybetter.com/sales/)
"Pain Control" Lab (the Matrix Platform)
A VR system created and used for pain control (http://www.hitl.washington.edu/projects/vrpain/)
Other VR and VR-related Equipments (the Matrix Platform)

The Matrix Platform includes a series of world-class VR and VR-related equipment that can be used in research and clinical services.

VR systems: (1) the Virtual Irak system (including instruments for "VR -smelling") - part of the "Stress Control" Lab; (2) the Virtual Classroom system - part of the "Virtual Classroom" Lab etc.

VR-related systems: (1) the SMI Eye-tracking Glasses; (2) Augmented reality systems (e.g., (iWear VR920/CamAR) etc.

"Data" Lab - Computer/online-based therapy and Robotic-based therapy (robotherapy) (the Matrix Platform)

(1) Holopodium system produces by Eon Reality (http://www.eonreality.com/eon-holopodium)

(2) Various robots (e.g., Pleo, Keepon, Romibo, Ono, Nao, Robonova etc.) used in Robotic-based psychotherapy

"Clinical Cognitive Neurosciences" Lab (The SkyRa Platform)
The lab has: (1) Magnetom Skyra (http://healthcare.siemens.com/magnetic-resonance-imaging/3t-mri-scanner/magnetom-skyra) (for MRI analyses); (2) EMS Pegasus/Phoenix (http://www.emsbiomed.com/); and (3) BIOPAC system (http://www.biopac.com/)
Last updated on: 2013-10-24 at 09:14