Margot Paul, Psy.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Margot Paul, a licensed clinical psychologist, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She earned her doctoral degree from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in 2022, where she won the award for Outstanding Overall Student (2021). She completed her clinical psychology doctoral internship at the Sepulveda VA in Los Angeles followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Paul began her VR work in 2017 after joining Dr. Kim Bullock’s Virtual Reality-Immersive Technology Clinic & Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Paul designed a feasibility study and three-arm pilot randomized controlled trial to examine the feasibility of using a VR headset as a way to administer behavioral activation therapy for participants with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. She expanded on this research by incorporating a more immersive VR headset in a second randomized controlled trial. She presented her research findings as a speaker at Shift Medical 2021: Virtual Medical XR Congress and Expo (2021), Stanford Psychiatry Grand Rounds (2022), IVRHA’s 7th Annual Virtual Reality and Healthcare Global Symposium (2023), VMed23 (2023), ADAA Conference (2023), and CYPSY26: 26th Annual Cyberpsychology, Cybertherapy and Social Networking Conference. Dr. Paul won the Cheryl Koopman Dissertation of the Year Award. She has worked and consulted with VR companies and local Bay Area startups in the technology and mental health space and has published on her virtual reality work.