Research

Families, clinicians, and educators looking to support individuals with ASD are faced with an overwhelming array of apps and other tech tools, many of which have not been studied for their effectiveness in improving core symptoms or quality of life in ASD. Floreo’s mission is not just to create innovative tools for the biggest challenges confronting individuals with ASD, but to work with academic researchers, educators, and therapists to demonstrate that such tools are effective and positively impact the lives of individuals with ASD and their families.

Meet Our Research Partners

Joseph McCleery, Ph.D.

Joseph McCleery, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Saint Joseph's University

Julia Parish-Morris, Ph.D.

Julia Parish-Morris, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Autism Research (CHOP)

Judith Miller, Ph.D.

Judith Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Autism Research (CHOP)

Steve Merahn, M.D.

Steve Merahn, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Centria Healthcare

Monica Osgood

Monica Osgood

Co-Founder & CEO, Celebrate the Children

Ashley Zitter

Ashley Zitter

Clinical Research Assistant, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Autism Research (CHOP)

Publications

Immersive Virtual Reality to Improve Police Interaction Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Parish-Morris, J., Solórzano, R., Ravindran, V., Sazawal, V., Turnacioglu, S., Zitter, A., Miller, J. & McCleery, J. (2018). Immersive Virtual Reality to Improve Police Interaction Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Results of a Feasibility and Safety Trial. Proc of the 23rd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Gatineau, Canada. Publication forthcoming.

The State of Virtual and Augmented Reality Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Turnacioglu, S., Sazawal, V., Solórzano, R., Parish-Morris, J., Zitter, A., Miller, J., McCleery, J., & Ravindran, V. (accepted for publication). The State of Virtual and Augmented Reality Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chapter in: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Mental Health Treatment, IGI Global. Publication forthcoming.

Conference Presentations

Oral presentation at the NODE Health Society for Digital Medicine Conference, New York, N.Y. 

Ravindran, V., Sazawal, V., Solorzano, R., & Turnacioglu, S. (2017, December). Floreo: VR Based Module for Joint Attention. Oral presentation at the NODE Health Society for Digital Medicine Conference, New York, N.Y. Awarded Top Evidence Based Pilot. View Here

Immersive Virtual Reality to Improve Police Interaction Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Results of a Feasibility and Safety Trial. Gatineau, Canada

Parish-Morris, J., Solórzano, R., Ravindran, V., Sazawal, V., Turnacioglu, S., Zitter, A., Miller, J. & McCleery, J. (2018, June). Immersive Virtual Reality to Improve Police Interaction Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Results of a Feasibility and Safety Trial. Oral presentation at the 23rd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Gatineau, Canada. View Here

Using Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies to Motivate Individuals with Autism to Participate in an Immersive Virtual Reality Intervention. Washington, DC.

Zitter, A., Parish-Morris, J., Solorzano, R., Turnacioglu, S., Ravindran, V., Sazawal, V., & McCleery, J. (2018, November). Using Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies to Motivate Individuals with Autism to Participate in an Immersive Virtual Reality Intervention. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

Studies

Experiences with virtual reality-based training for joint attention: a usability and initial feasibility pilot of FloreoVR’s Joint Attention Module in a special education school setting.

Ravindran, V., Sazawal, V., Solorzano, R., & Turnacioglu, S. (2017). Experiences with virtual reality-based training for joint attention: a usability and initial feasibility pilot of FloreoVR’s Joint Attention Module in a special education school setting. Unpublished manuscript. View Here