Note: In 2013, Health Games Research completed its work. This web site is now an archive and will not be updated. Please visit the web site of the Center for Digital Games Research at UC Santa Barbara to find current information about health games and the broader field of digital games, and to use the Health Games Research online searchable database.

Who We Are

Health Games Research is a national program that provides scientific leadership and resources to advance the research, design, and effectiveness of digital games and game technologies that promote health. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio and headquartered at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  The Pioneer Portfolio supports innovative projects that may lead to breakthroughs in the future of health and health care.

There is both an art and a science to designing health games that are appealing, engaging, and impactful.  Health Games Research provides the science.

We work with creative game designers and artists to integrate well tested principles of learning and health behavior change into games that motivate players to improve their health habits and take better care of their health problems. 
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What's New

  • Take a look at our new, improved Health Games Research Database. Some of the new features include improved search capabilities, saving searches, flagging favorites, and easily discovering what's new.
  • Research by Health Games Research grantee Cay Anderson-Hanley, of Union College, and her colleague Paul Arciero, of Skidmore College, has found that cybercycling improves seniors' cognitive health.