John Galen Buckwalter
Research Scientist, Institute for Creative Technologies
Galen Buckwalter is a research scientist at the Institute for Creative Technologies. Buckwalter has had an extremely active career both as an academic research scientist and as an entrepreneur in the private sector. Buckwalter's academic career, with over 100 peer reviewed publications, has focused on psychological applications for virtual reality, psychoneuroendocrinology, advanced statistical methods and personality. In the private sector, two patents granted, Buckwalter focused on the psychology of relationships and was a co-founder of eHarmony.com. Since coming to ICT in 2009, Buckwalter has joined the Medical VR group under the direction of Skip Rizzo. Buckwalter has provided clinical and design input for the SimCoach project. As part of this project, he is comparing the administration of psychometric tests given by an avatar to standardized administration. This study, which is under way, will provide one of the clearest indications of whether people respond to avatars in a unique manner. Buckwalter has also played a key role in developing the Stress Resilience in Virtual Environments (STRIVE) project. This project uniquely combines advanced analysis of biomarkers related to stress and the use of VR to provide both stressful events and resilience training to warfighters prior to deployment. It is Buckwalter’s goal to continue to push back the boundaries of science through the discipline, commitment and passion that has characterized the scientists and entrepreneurs who have so generously mentored him.