Pamela Kato is an internationally recognized expert on serious games. She is currently Professor of Serious Games at Coventry University in the UK where she is working with her team at 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 where she led the efforts to develop 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. She recently co-authored a randomized trial on Plan+It Commander, a game for young children with ADHD, which showed that children who played the game improved their planning and organization skills in the real world (not just on a neuropsychological test). As the owner of P. M. Kato Consulting, Dr. Kato has worked with international companies, government agencies and NGOs to strategically use serious games and gamification to improve customer engagement and patient outcomes. Her clients included Healthy Solutions (Netherlands), Sanofi (France), Janssen (Belgium), the Ministry of Health Holdings (Singapore), HopeLab (USA), Halmstad University (Sweden) and Grendel Games (The Netherlands). She has numerous research publications in peer-reviewed journals and regularly gives keynote speeches at international conferences. Her blog about serious games for health (pamkato.com) has been listed among the Top 10 serious game blogs by Pixel Learning and Online Colleges. Dr. Kato received her masters in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University, her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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