Katryna Starks

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Katryna Starks


Associate Lecturer, Serious Games

MPsych Walden, BA (Communications) Pepperdine

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Katryna Starks


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 behaviours. 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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