Kelli N. DunlapPsy.D.is a psychologist and game designer. She has collaboratively developed games for organizations including the National Institute for Mental Health, VOX Media, and The Knight Foundation.
She has been recognized nationally for her work on mental health and video games and has received awards including the Game Developers Conference 2016 Top 50 Speaker award, the Microsoft and XBox Most Valuable Professional Award, and a $100,000 fellowship for game design at American University’s Game Lab. In May 2017, Kelli was recognized as one of 15 Early Career Games and Learning Scholars by the Games and Learning Early Career Network.
She has been researching the intersection of digital games and mental health for over 10 years. She has trained licensed mental health professionals in the therapeutic use of video games, including using games with adolescent populations with social or emotional disturbances.
She has designed games for educational and social-impact purposes, one of which was featured at Games for Change 2017 in the Civics and Social Issues track. She currently works at iThrive Games as the Director of Mental Health Research and Design.