Pamela Kato is an internationally recognized expert on serious games. She was Professor of Serious Games at Coventry University in the UK where she led the Serious Games Institute (SGI) to set the highest standards for serious games research and to promote processes for developing and distributing effective and engaging serious games. She was the founding President and CEO at HopeLab in Silicon Valley where she led the efforts to Pam Kato 2develop and conduct research on the original Re-Mission, a widely acclaimed game for young people with cancer evaluated in a multi-center randomized trial published in Pediatrics. As the owner of P. M. Kato Consulting, Dr. Kato currently works with international companies, government agencies and NGOs. Her current and past clients include Emteq (UK), Healthy Solutions (Netherlands), Sanofi (France), Janssen (Belgium), the Ministry of Health Holdings (Singapore), HopeLab (USA), Halmstad University (Sweden) and Grendel Games (The Netherlands). In addition to being an Associate Editor for the Games for Health Journal and a guest editor for the Journal of Applied Testing Technology, she has numerous research publications in peer-reviewed journals and regularly gives keynote speeches at international conferences. Her work has received international media coverage in The GuardianThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, National Geographic Magazine, The Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, AFP and Xinhua News. Her blog about serious games for health ( has been listed among the Top 10 serious game blogs by Pixel Learning and Online Colleges. She was a top “techie” in the December 2015 issue of the Midlands Business Insider. Dr. Kato received her masters in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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3 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Loved your 10 tips on selecting a vendor. Our issue is we have an RFP for a serious game to train case managers (care coordinators) on behalf of a non-profit association, the case management society of america. I have sent it to a set of studios that do serious games, but where to submit it so that interested and energetic new serious game designers/developers might see it. Are you aware of the ‘right place’ to make an RFP visible to folks not in a major studio?

    • Thank you, Michael. Have you tried going on LinkedIn and joining one of the serious games groups and asking for referrals? I would start by asking people to tell you on LinkedIn or in a private email who they would suggest. Try Serious Games Group, Serious Games Development, and Serious Games People. I think finding someone through a reference would be a really good way to go. If you are not restricted by a certain region, send me a personal email and I can make a few suggestions myself. Good luck!

  2. Thanks so much Pamela, great suggestion. I guess folks do follow up on ‘bio’ comments from blogs, I wasn’t really sure that would work. Will send you a personal email also. Have a completely unusual and terrific day!

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