Katryna Starks

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Katryna Starks

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Teaching areas

  • Serious Games Development
  • Creative Industries

Research areas

  • games, technology and mental wellbeing
  • female participation in programming and STEAM fields
  • girls, video games and identity
  • technology and interactive narrative
  • cognitive behavioural game design
  • emergent and experimental narrative structures

Profile

Katryna designed the Interactive Narrative minor within the Serious Games Design degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast and lectures within the program. She is also a member of University of the Sunshine Coast’s ENGAGE lab. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology with a focus on how video games can foster health-promoting behaviors. Her research focus is on how narrative within games effects identification, self-efficacy and agency in adolescent and young adult females.

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Professional memberships

  • Creative Alliance
  • Women in Tech Australia

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Enhancement Learning and Teaching Grant/ Game-based learning: an authentic approach to enhance clinical reasoning skills in student dietitians Dr Hattie Wright (Lead), Dr Uew Terton, Ms Katryna Starks, Ms Theresa Ashford, Ms Judy Tweedie USC – up to A$20,000 over 2 years  2015 Creating a Serious Game to introduce dietetic students to patient care within a hospital environment.
Startup LaunchLab: embedding experiential entrepreneurship in a multidisciplinary environment  Dr Margarietha de Villiers Scheepers (Lead), Professor Michael Clements, Dr Renee Barnes, Dr Helen Fairweather, Dr Jane Taylor, Ms Irene Visser, Ms Katryna Starks USC – up to A$20,000 over 2 years  2015 Evaluating the effectiveness of entrepreneurial education on the self-efficacy of students for starting their own businesses in Australia.
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