Video games and their effects on youth mental health (January 2016)

This webinar will focus on exploring the relationship between using video games and their positive and negative effects on the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

The information in this webinar is current as at January, 2016.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians and researchers who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • An understanding of who is playing video games in Australia and common platforms and types of video games available

  • How to assess the interactions between gameplay and player wellbeing

  • The links between violent content and behaviours

  • The positive outcomes associated with playing video games

  • The literature around the impacts of video games on young people

  • How serious games and gamification can assist with the goal of improving mental health and wellbeing.


Photo of Michael Carr-GreggDr Michael Carr-Gregg, Managing Director, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists. He is the Managing Director of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, which is committed to exploring and understanding the role of new and emerging technologies in the lives of young people. He is an author of nine books including the best-selling ‘Princess Bitchface Syndrome‘ and is working on his tenth. Michael is also a member of the Board of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the ePsychology special interest group for the APS. He is the resident parenting expert on Channel 7’s Sunrise as well as psychologist for the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW.

Photo of Associate Professor Daniel JohnsonA/Prof Daniel Johnson, Queensland University of Technology
A/Prof Daniel Johnson leads the QUT Games Research and Interaction Design Lab and is an Associate Professor in the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment. He has completed Bachelors and Honours degrees in Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a doctorate on the psychology of human-computer interactions and video games. Daniel has also worked in the games industry with companies such as NextGenVideos and The Binary Mill. His research interests include motivations for videogame play, the player experience, the impact of videogames on wellbeing and gamification.