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Sunday, July 13


Gaming and Mental Health in the Queer Community
Research connects gaming and mental health. Gaming can be a good thing, but the line between healthy and unhealthy is not simple. Mental health professionals and queer gamers talk about unhealthy vs healthy gaming and how gaming can be therapeutic.

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Joey Hannah

Psychologist, University of Texas
Life-long gamer and licensed psychologist (Counseling Psychology PhD) interested in exploring intersections of identities, gaming, and mental health. You can contact me by email (joeyhannahphd@gmail.com), on Twitter (@joeyhannahphd) or LinkedIn if you'd like :)

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Serenity Sersecion

Professor, PhD Clinical Psychology, Palo Ato University
Dr. Serenity Serseción is from Puerto Rico and started gaming at a young age. They have a BS in psychology, an MS in counseling: marriage and family therapy, an MS in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. The first game they remember playing was Bonk on the TurboGrafx-16, then moving on to the original Gameboy, Nintendo, and Sega. Gaming helped them get through school, life on the island and helped them learn and eventually... Read More →

Sunday July 13, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
*GX Panel Room C (3F) Union Square (3F)


Education and Understanding of Queer Lifestyles: Challenges and Methods
As game development professionalises, university education becomes increasingly important to career success. How are educators introducing topics of Queer lifestyles and tolerance into their curriculum, and are they doing it right?

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Mata Haggis

Assoc. Professor of Creative & Entertainment Games, NHTV University / Copper Stone Sea
Prof. Mata Haggis is a game & narrative designer and researcher who has worked in creative media for 15 years, including writing animations for MTV2 Europe and games design for Electronic Arts. He is Associate Professor of Creative & Entertainment Games at NHTV University in The Netherlands. He regularly travels to speak about various aspects of games development, storytelling, and diversity awareness. | | Outside of work he is collaborating... Read More →

Sunday July 13, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
*GX Panel Room B (3F) Grand Ballroom C (3F)