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 Pam Kato 3the 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 ( 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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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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