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All good game designers know that good documentation is key. Below are some of my favorite guest appearances and presentations, preserved in perpetuity by the magic of audio, video, and the internet.   


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How video games could help you keep your emotions in check

Scientists are interested in video games as a potential tool to teach players how to get a handle on their emotions.


A Conversation with Dr. Kelli Dunlap // Clinical Psychologist & Game Designer

A Conversation with Dr. Kelli Dunlap // Clinical Psychologist & Game Designer

Dr. Kelli Dunlap is a clinical psychologist (PsyD in clinical psychology, licensed, and practicing), a game designer, an adjunct professor of game design (MA in game design), and the Head of Community at Take This. Dr. Dunlap comes onto The Academy of Esports to discuss the main challenges she sees facing the gaming space and ways to tackle them. She is an advocate for the importance of play and games to mental health in all ages, not just kids. Be sure to check out the Purdue University: Games Make a Difference Symposium ( and register here ( -- Dr. Kelli Dunlap // Website ( // LinkedIn ( // Twitter ( How Gaming Benefits Our Mental Health // -- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student participation, promote physical and mental health, increase collegiate scholarship pathways, and play games! We cannot forget the importance of play! James O'Hagan ( is the Founder and Host of The Academy of Esports podcast. You can email any questions or topic suggestions to --- Music provided Royalty Free "8 Bit Adventure!" Querky Fun Game Music by HeatleyBros iTunes: Spotify: License: Twitter: Facebook:
Research report: Mental Health of Streamers During Covid-19 Pax Online 2021 Panel

Research report: Mental Health of Streamers During Covid-19 Pax Online 2021 Panel

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Mental Health in Games - How We Can Do Better - Extra Credits

Mental Health in Games - How We Can Do Better - Extra Credits

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice offers some great examples of how to address mental illness respectfully in games, but we found some other examples in media as well as recommendations by actual psychologists. Many thanks to Heidi McDonald and Dr. Kelli Dunlap for their research and writing for this episode! Check out this paper: "Representation of Mental Illness in Video Games" by Dr. Kelli Dunlap Get info about all our shows at Subscribe to Extra Credits for more episodes every Wednesday! ___________ Get your Extra Credits gear at the store! Thanks for participating in this week's discussion! We want you to be aware of our community posting guidelines so that we can have high-quality conversations: Contribute community subtitles to Extra Credits: Talk to us on Twitter (@ExtraCreditz): Follow us on Facebook: Watch us play games and have fun on ___________ Would you like James to speak at your school or organization? For info, contact us at: ___________ ♪ Intro Music: "Penguin Cap" by CarboHydroM ♪ Outro Music: Sunny Day Drive By: “Just Coffee”
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