Brad Pierce

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Doctoral Student
Counseling Program
piercebs@vcu.edu

Faculty adviser: Paul Perrin, Ph.D.

Research lab: Social Justice in Health Lab

My research is focused on ways technology can enhance or influence psychological interventions. This includes developing and refining interventions that utilize computer networks to connect rural populations with mental health professionals. Psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers are most often located within highly populated, affluent, urban areas, and large cities with one or more major universities. Meanwhile, approximately 36% of veterans and 20% of the total U.S. population reside within rural communities. These factors result in inadequate or non-existent mental health services for nearly 60 million people across the United States. Telepsychology can help therapists reach out to rural populations.