Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation

Current research interest has expanded to experimenting with the innovative technology of Virtual Reality (VR) and pursuing its potential to assist in rehabilitation, based upon new methodologies for assessment and treatment. Dr. Josman was instrumental in the recent inauguration of the Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technologies (LIRT) at U. of Haifa in collaboration with her colleague Prof. Tamar Weiss.

Published articles:

²Bart, O., Katz, N., Weiss P. L., & Josman, N. (In Press). Street crossing by typically developed children in real and virtual environments. OTJR Occupation, Participation and Health.

²Josman, N. Milika Ben-Chaim, H. Friedrich, S. & Weiss, P.L. (In Press). Effectiveness of Virtual Reality for Teaching Street-Crossing Skills to Children and Adolescents with Autism. Journal on Disability and Human Development.

Jacoby, S., Josman, N., Jacoby, D., Koike, M., Itoh, Y., Kawai, N., Kitamura, Y., Sharlin, E., Weiss, PL. (2006). Tangible User Interfaces: Tools to Examine, assess and treat dynamic cinstructional processes in children with Developmental Coordination Disorders. International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 5 (3).

²Josman, N., Somer, E., Reisberg, A., Weiss, P.T., Garcia-Palacios, A. & Hoffman, H. (2006). Bus World: Designing a virtual environment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Israel. CyberPsychology & Behaviour,9, 241-244.

²Feintuch, U., Raz, L., Hwang, J., Josman, N., Katz, N., Kizony, R., Rand, D., Rizzo, A., Shahar, M. Yongseok, J., Weiss, P. T. (2006). Integrating haptic-tactile feedback into a video capture based VE for rehabilitation. CyberPsychology & Behaviour, 9, 129-132.

²Rand, D., Kizony, R., Feintuch, U., Katz, N., Josman, N., Rizzo, A.A. & Weiss, P.L. (2005). Comparison of two VR platforms for rehabilitation: Video capture versus HMD. Presence, Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 14, 147-160.

²Josman, N., Garcia-Palacios, A., Reisberg, A., Somer, E., Weiss P. L.T. and Hoffman, H. Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Survivors of Terrorism in Israel In M. Roy (2006). Novel Approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorders. Amsterdam: IOS (pp. 196- 204).


The 11th Annual CyberTherapy 2005 conference: A decade of Virtual Reality.

Ottawa, June 2006.

Effectiveness of Virtual Reality for teaching street-crossing skills to Children & Adolescents with Autism. With Ben Haeem-Milika, Fredrich & Weiss.


Fourth International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation.

Catalina Island, September 2005.

Virtual reality: Innovative technology for the treatment for victims of terrorist bus bombing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With E. Somer, A. Reisberg, H. Hofman & A. Gracia, T. Weiss.

Ongoing projects:

Driving rehabilitation
²The relationship between returning-to-drive and functional status with post-stroke clients. / Karin Givoly MA students.
²The relationship between client factors, functional status and participation in daily activities and driving in post-stroke clients./ Ruth Avrahamy MA student.
²Relationships between simulated driving and actual road driving performance in post-stroke clients./ Noa Gotfried MA Student.
²Tangible Cognitive Interfaces: Tools for the study, assessment and intervention of dynamic constructional processes among DCD children/ Prof. Weiss T. & Sigal Jacoby PhD student.
²Exploring the viso motor process of constructional abilities in children with and without DCD using PlayCubes/ / Prof. Weiss T. & Galia Gotvilik MA student.

virtual supermarket
²Comparison between Executive Functions and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in MCI , AD and healthy controls/. P. Werner & Sarit Rabinowitz MA student.
²Correlation between Executive functions and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in people following Stroke./ Dr. Kitzoni R. & Esther Chof MA Student.
²Correlation between Executive functions and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in people with Schizophrenia./ Anat Schniederman MA student.

Grant received:

President’s Development Fund, University of Haifa, Studies in virtual reality. (Principal Investigator – P.L. Weiss & Co-Investigator – N. Josman)(2006) 50,000 NIS

The Caesarea Edmond de Rothschild Institute for the Interdisciplinary Research on Computer Science (2004). with Prof. E. Somer, and Prof. Weiss P. L.. Research proposal: Virtual Reality: Innovative Technology for the Treatment for Victims of Terrorist Bombing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. $8,000
Vatat Equipment purchase (2002) $ 9,000

Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation, University of Haifa, Virtual reality: Innovative technology for the treatment of victims of terrorist bombing with post- traumatic stress disorder. Renewal for 2nd phase (Co-principal investigators – N. Josman, E. Somer, P.L. Weiss) (2005) $8,000


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