Hello! I’m a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London studying well-being and video gaming, in terms of both quantity and quality of play. How do people use games to address frustrations in their day-to-day life, successfully or not? How do changes in how people are feeling affect gaming behavior, such as playing longer sessions or at different times of day?

I’m also committed to making psychological research on games more trustworthy and rigorous. I’m heavily involved in open science advocacy, training, and meta-scientific research, and serve as the UK Reproducibility Network Local Network Lead at QMUL.

I’m supervised by Prof Sebastian Deterding, Dr David Zendle, and Dr Laurissa Tokarchuk.

I’m always on the lookout for people with similar interests, so if you’d like to discuss my work, collaboration opportunities, or anything else, please do get in touch!



Inferential Statistics in R

Process | Analyze | Visualize

Open Research

Open data/materials/code | Registered reports
Synthetic data | Team science

(Games) User Research

Digital trace data | Surveys | Engagement

Game Design

Ideate | Build | Test | Evaluate
Development in Unity (C#)

Motivational Psychology

Self-determination theory | Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation

Qualitative Methods

Thematic analysis | Grounded theory


  • Video game play
  • Self-report vs “digital trace” play measures
  • Dysregulated (disordered) gaming
  • Self-determination theory
  • Psychometrics
  • Open research
  • PhD, CDT in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence

    Queen Mary University of London


  • MPhil, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

    University of Cambridge


  • BS, Linguistics and Environmental Studies

    Tulane University



For a complete and up-to-date list of publications, check out my Google Scholar.

(2022). Awareness of and engagement with Open Research behaviours: Development of the Brief Open Research Survey (BORS) with the UK Reproducibility Network. Preprint.

Preprint OSF data

(2022). Response to Xiao et al.: If everything is a loot box, nothing is. Addiction.

Publisher (open access)