Faculty and Staff

Jared Duval, Director

Jared Duval is an Assistant professor in the Northern Arizona University's Department of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, where he directs the Playful Health Technology Lab. He has a Research through Design practice at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction, Games/Play, and Health. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and is the creator of 3 Serious Games for Health.

Jared received his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he was a part of the ASSIST Lab and SET Lab. His work has received a Best Paper Honorable Mention at ACM CHI. He is the recipient of the Jack Baskin and Peggy Downes-Baskin Fellowship, a Smile Train Research Grant, an IdeaHub Judges Award, a Blackstone LaunchPad Fellowship, and a two-time recipient of CITIRS Tech for Social Good Award. Jared has been invited to keynote at the Kraw Lecture Series. He is an ARCS Scholar and Vice President of the Games for Health Early Career Committee. 

Personal page: http://jareduval.com / Email: Jared.Duval@nau.edu

 Postdoctoral Scholars

Tochukwu Ikwunne

Tochukwu Ikwunne is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, where he works under the direction of Jared Duval, who runs the Playful Health Technology Lab. His research interests focus on how computing technologies mediate wellness, health, and human behavior, as well as how digital interventions's design processes can be designed to improve user engagement. He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed articles to his credit.

Tochukwu holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, where he was also a researcher at the ADAPT Lab. He received the ADAPT Recognition Early Stage Researcher Award in 2022 for his groundbreaking research on cultured-centered user engagement design for mobile health in the Global South.

Email: Tochukwu.Ikwunne@nau.edu

 Ph.D. Students

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 Master's Students

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Visiting Students and Interns

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Alumni

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