Press Release – CYPSY19 Award Winners

At the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation’s (iACToR) 19th Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY19), awards are presented to pay tribute to individuals for their outstanding achievements.  Past recipients include Professor Dr. Stephane Bouchard (2005), Professor Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold (2006), Professor Dr. Giuseppe Riva (2007), Professor Dr. Cristina Botella (2008), Professor Dr. Hunter Hoffman (2009), Professor Dr. Sun I. Kim (2010) and Professor Dr. Mark D. Wiederhold (2011), Professor Dr. Mariano Alcaniz (2012) and Professor Richard M. Satava. (2013).

To celebrate more than a decade of exciting advances in cybertherapy as well as the growth of the CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference itself, we are proud to announce Prof Andrea Gaggioli as the 10th Annual CyberTherapy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. This award, the highest given by our community, has a tradition of honoring a person who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievements in the fields of advanced technologies and healthcare.

Prof. Gaggioli is Research Professor of General Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy; Senior Researcher of the Interactive Communication and Ergonomics of New Technologies – ICE-NET – Lab. at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, and Deputy Head Researcher at the Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Laboratory – ATN-P Lab., Istituto Auxologico Italiano. For over ten years, Prof. Gaggioli has investigated the potential role of pervasive technologies in promoting mental and physical wellbeing. His involvement with those research areas has led to the co-authoring of over fifty articles in refereed journals, including these papers published in “Science”: (i) Gaggioli A., Riva G., Working the Crowd, Science. 2008 Sep 12;321(5895):1443; (ii) Gorini A, Gaggioli A, Riva G. Virtual Worlds, Real Healing. Science. 2007 Dec 7;318(5856):1549. For his scientific work, Prof. Gaggioli received several international acknowledgements, including the 2005 Annual Prize of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine ( In addition, he has recently completed coordinating the European Commission funded INTERSTRESS project (Interreality in the Management and Treatment of Stress-Related Disorders). This STREP project explored the potential of a new human-computer paradigm – “Interreality” – for the management of psychological stress.

The aim of the Clinical Cyberpsychology New Investigator Award is to reward the presentation of strong methodological studies at the CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking conference. This year we are delighted announce Dr. Fillipo La Pagaila as the conference award recipient. Dr. La Pagaila is an Italian psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorder at the University of Palermo with the experimental thesis on “Assessment of Executive Functions in Patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Virtual Reality.” Currently Dr. La Pagaila works at the Department of Experimental Biomedicine and Clinical Neuroscience, University of Palermo, Italy.

The main area of interest for Dr. La Pagaila is the application of Virtual Reality and media technologies within the clinical context. His current work includes the “Assessment of Executive Functions in Patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by NeuroVirtual Reality and the “Cognitive Rehabilitation in Schizophrenic Patients by Virtual Reality”. In addition, since 2004 Dr. La Pagaila has been planning and conducting educational robotics laboratories in primary and secondary school which are aimed at the improvement of mathematical logical thought and problem-solving strategies.

Dr. La Pagaila is the author of several scientific papers published in the area of methods and psychology assessment tools and the use of virtual reality and the Internet in medicine and  training. In 2013, La Paglia received “The 2013 Young Minds Research Award and since 2008, he has participated at each CYPSY conference.

To showcase outstanding achievements in a student poster submission to the CYPSY Conference, the Young Minds Research Awards, sponsored by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers, are presented to those projects judged to have the greatest potential to contribute to the innovative field of cyberpsychology, cybertherapy, training, & rehabilitation.

We are proud to announce our two poster winners, Jonathan Shalom from Israel and the lab of Soledad Quero from Spain. Mr. Shalom is currently a Ph.D candidate from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and presented his work ‘Social Anxiety and Physiological Arousal in Computer Mediated vs. Face-to-Face CommPatients’. Soledad Quero and her students from the Universitat Jaume I in Spain presented two posters: Expectations and Satisfaction with Traditional CBT versus CBT supported by ICTs & An Online Self-Applied Program for Drug Use Prevention in Adolescents (PREVEN-TIC FORMATIVO): the Professionals’ Assessment.

Congratulations and thank you to the winners for their dedication and passion in moving CYPSY forward.

CYPSY19 – Call For Papers

19th Annual

CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy and Social Networking Conference (CYPSY19)

Connecting the Virtual and the Real:

Transforming Health & Well-being

June 17-19, 2014       Washington, D.C.


Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014
Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014

The 19th Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY19) will take place on June 17-19, 2014 in Washington, D.C..  Jointly organised by the Interactive Media Institute, in collaboration with the Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Uniformed Services University, and International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation, the conference is an international networking and sharing platform for researchers, clinicians, policymakers, funding agents and industry leaders to share and discuss advancements in advanced technologies, such as Virtual Reality, and healthcare.  The conference will explore how these technologies are changing individual behavior, societal relationships, and interpersonal interactions.

We are honored to have U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano as our opening Keynote Speaker. Congresswoman Napolitano revitalized the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and has hosted congressional briefings on children’s mental health, veterans’ mental health, and suicide prevention.

To submit your abstract, please visit our website shortly at or submit directly here. For further information, please contact the conference coordinator, Chelsie Boyd, at

Because of the international nature of CYPSY19 and the expanded focus of its theme, we recognize the importance of extending our invitation to participants around the world interested and dedicated to enhancing public awareness of how technology can overcome obstacles and increase access to top quality healthcare for all citizens.



First Call for Abstracts 15 Sep. 2013
Abstract Deadline Submission 1 Jan. 2014
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection of Abstract 1 Mar. 2014
Full Paper/Presentation Requirements 15 Mar. 2014
Oral Presenter 2-page CV Deadline 15 Mar. 2014
Early Registration Deadline 15 Apr. 2014
Late Registration Deadline 1 Jun. 2014


CYPSY19 Tentative Schedule


17 June – Preconference Workshops

17 June – Full day Clinician Training on VR and Physiology to Treat PTSD

18 Conference – Conference Day 1


Poser Session

19 June – Conference Day 2

Gala Dinner


Abstract and Presentation Themes

CYPSY19 focus areas include:

1.  The Impact of Technologies as Tools

CYPSY19 will continue its examination of the exciting applications of advanced technologies being used in training, therapy, rehabilitation, and education for the improvement of the quality and availability of healthcare for people around the globe.

2. The Influence of New Technologies

CYPSY19 will further its investigation into how new technologies are influencing behavior and society through the use of positive technology, healthy ageing and well-being.

3. The Imprint of Social Networking

CYPSY19 will embrace, as it did in 2012, the exploration of how social networking tools are changing individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, and society.

4. The Introduction of New Technologies and New Terms

CYPSY19 will study the psychological aspects of new areas influenced by technology such as cyberfashion, cyberadvertising and cyberstalking.

Encouraged Topics

Encouraged topics include but are not limited to:

• Advanced Interaction Training

• Videogames

• Telehealth & Telepresence

• Video‐conferencing

• Robotics

• Brain Computer Interfaces

• Cognitive Rehabilitation & Therapy

• Wearable computing

• Non-invasive physiological monitoring devices

• Positive Technology

• Social Networking in Healthcare

• Information Technologies

• Social implications of Facebook, Twitter, etc.

• Neurorehabilitation

• Mobile healthcare

• Cyberbullying

• Health Applications

• Healthy Ageing

• Games for Health

• Serious Games

• Apps for Kids

Abstract and Presentation Types

You can submit an abstract to one of the following three types of communications:

·      Poster

·      Oral

·      Early Innovators Session

Oral presentations are 15 minutes whereas presentations in the Early Innovators Session, the panel dedicated to student presentations, are 10 minutes.

Submission of Abstracts and Papers

If you would like to present a poster, an oral presentation or a student oral presentation at CYPSY19, please submit an abstract for the Scientific Committee to review based off of the guidelines below. Workshops submissions are by invitation only.

Review Procedure: Each submission is peer-reviewed and will be selected based on scientific merit. Abstracts should clearly outline results from scientific studies. All presentations must contain original and scientifically valid information. Reports on completed research are clearly favored over descriptions of planned research. Commercial promotion and funding requests are not appropriate. The Scientific Committee will blindly review all abstracts and may invite author(s) to make a poster presentation at the conference even if they requested an oral presentation. The oral/poster/reject decision is at the discretion of the Scientific Committee.

Abstract Preparation:

·      Required structure: Title, Author/s, Affiliation/s, Short Abstracts (250 words), Keywords, Introduction/Problem, Method/Tools, Results, Conclusion. You must adhere to the document format requirements of IOS Press.

·      Novelty/Discussion: Please cover what makes this research different from prior work by you or by others. Please focus on the most unique aspect of your research, instead of broad implications.

·      References: Optional but appreciated. Please use ONLY the IOS Press standard bibliographic format (see instructions and below).

·      File formats: Acceptable formats are Word 97, Word 2000, or Word XP format (.doc). No .docx or LaTeX, please.

·      The conference is in English and all abstracts will need to be in English. Please check spelling and grammar as your abstract will be printed in the conference syllabus.

·      Please visit IOS Press to download the instructions. Abstracts that do not meet the required criteria will be sent back to the author to be re-formatted.

Abstract and Full Paper Publication

·      Presenters are required to submit a 2-page extended abstract which should include a short abstract (250 words).

·      For those who present their oral/student abstract in person, their full paper will be published in the Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, indexed in PsycINFO.

Presenter Requirements:

·      Oral presentations are to be 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions. Student presentations are 10 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions.

·      Presenters must register for the conference. There is a limit of one oral/symposium presentation per first author per registration. For a full paper to be published in IOS Press, the study must be presented in person at the conference. Any absences will result in forfeiture of registration costs as well as an automatic rejection in the inclusion of the full paper in the Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine. (ARCTT)

Student Symposium

Sponsored by the iACToR Student SIG, the Student Symposium will provide students an opportunity to have a dedicated session during the conference. Please see above for the abstract submission guidelines.

Online Submission

When you are ready to submit your abstract, please visit or here. More information will be asked during submission of your abstract, such as name of the author, affiliation, and if your study is completed or still in progress.

For more information regarding abstract submission or the call of papers, please email