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Mar. 3, 2014 8:30 am

Penn Nursing student named IGDA scholar

Matthew Lee, a doctoral student at Penn Nursing, was awarded an International Game Developers Association scholarship — one of the most coveted awards in the game developer community — for his work on video games and mental health. Lee's the only Philadelphia-based 2014 scholar of the group of 16.
The 2012 IGDA Scholars. Photo from IGDA’s website.

The 2012 IGDA Scholars. Photo from IGDA's website.

Videos games have often been criticized as bad for your health — until now.

Matthew Lee, a doctoral student at Penn Nursing, was awarded an International Game Developers Association scholarship — one of the most coveted awards in the game developer community — for his work on video games and mental health, according to a release. Lee’s the only Philadelphia-based 2014 scholar of the group of 16. 

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Originally from California, Lee worked with an interdisciplinary team to build AppHappy: Journey to the West, a mobile game designed to teach stress management.

AppHappy combines proven psychological practices, like cognitive behavioral therapy, with a role-playing framework. Lee and his team are currently prototyping the mobile app, and expect to launch in 2015.

Lee, a graduate of the Interactive Media Program at the University of Southern California, is now a member of Penn Nursing’s Health Technology Innovation Incubator. The incubator is meant to create collaboration between nursing students and other professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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