In The News

Sept. 26, 2017
Matt Vogl’s Breakthrough: From Suicide to a New Center

“…Vogl looked down at the photo of his boys, then looked out at the 500 people in the audience, including colleagues, bosses and benefactors of his workplace as well as its umbrella organization, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. And he started talking about how close he’d come to suicide….”   (Full story.)

August 21, 2017
R&D Magazine
Virtual Reality for the Treatment of PTSD

“…Dawn Jewell, Ph.D., a psychologist based in Greeley, was approached about using the new therapy tool by a friend who was working with the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and jumped at the opportunity…”   (Full story.)

August 2, 2017
WOSU – National Public Radio, Columbus, Ohio
Wellness Wednesday: Technology and Mental Health

 Matt Vogl, NBHIC executive director, is interviewed live on “All Sides with Ann Fisher” talking about the power of virtual reality, how it works and why it’s important in mental healthcare.  

July 30, 2017
The New York Times
A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality

… “Dr. Dawn Jewell is among a handful of psychologists testing a new service from a Silicon Valley start-up called Limbix that offers exposure therapy…’It provides exposure in a way that patients feel safe,’ she said…” (Full story)

[Ed. note: Limbix is a partner with NBHIC in our Virtual Reality initiatives.]

July 20, 2017
CU Connections
Senior Executives from Film and Virtual Reality Join Behavioral Health Center; Greenleaf, Rekedal bring world-class creative and technology expertise to CU Anschutz

…The National Behavioral Health Innovation Center announced today that Rick Rekedal, a former senior executive with DreamWorks Animation, and Dr. Walter Greenleaf, a pioneer and leading authority on virtual reality for medical use, have joined its staff… (Full story)

Oct. 13, 2016
Tech enters fight against Colorado’s mental health problems

… “We’ve been viewing technology as a huge threat to our mental health,” Matt Vogl, executive director, National Behavioral Health Innovation Center, said, citing concerns about long work hours, screen addiction and isolation. But technology may be able to move more quickly than government to address some of the most pressing mental health needs right here in Colorado… (Full story)


September 23, 2016
Denver Business Journal
Don Elliman leads CU effort and draws national recognition; Elliman is the DBJ’s 2016 Power Book winner for health care

… Many of the under-the-radar moves that Chancellor Elliman is helping to direct are the ones that truly are keeping the campus on the cutting edge of American health care… Leaders have put an emphasis in the last year about expanding the national reputation of the campus for breakthroughs in physical health to the field of mental health as well. In December, executive director Matt Vogl launched the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center, which has an aim to break down silos in mental-health services and became an experimental laboratory for new ways to attack diseases. Since then he’s begun working with community groups, military organizations and Silicon Valley business types. A philanthropically backed veterans’ group now is considering launching a veteran-focused program on the campus that would enhance CU’s behavioral-health work further. “I’m thrilled with the progress they’re making,” Elliman said of the leaders of those efforts… (Full story. Subscription required.)

September 2, 2016
Denver Business Journal
Vogl Takes New Approach to Mental Health

…[Executive Director Matt] Vogl says he needs “to figure out a way to bring new ideas and new solutions to old, long standing problems in behavioral health.” To do this, the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center has gone after industries that can benefit from mental health reform. (Full story. Subscription required.)

March 25, 2016
Denver Business Journal
Breaking Down Silos

… Phil Anschutz — a major donor to a variety of programs on the university’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora —pledged $10 million toward the creation of a program to break down silos in mental-health services and become an experimental laboratory for new ways to attack diseases.

On Dec. 1, the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center launched with Matt Vogl as its executive director.

The center, which is still staffing up, will not be an academic institution spouting theories on how learned minds should treat behavioral disorders. Instead, it will be a place where potential breakthrough ideas find community partners willing to apply them in a real-world settings and expand the ideas that are successful to a national platform… (Full story.)