Doris C. Rusch

DePaul University

Doris C. Rusch

DePaul University

Biography

Doris C. Rusch is a game designer / researcher and holds a position as assistant professor for game design at DePaul University in Chicago where she founded the “Play for Change” lab. Before that she did post doctoral work at GAMBIT Game Lab, MIT, and Vienna University of Technology (Austria). Rusch‘s work is focused on the theory and practice of game design, particularly in regard to games that model the “human experience” and can be used for mental health education and activism. She was the lead designer and vision holder of award winning and featured projects such as “Zombie Yoga” for Kinect, “Elude”, a metaphorical game on depression, “Akrasia”, a game that models addiction, and together with filmmaker Anuradha Rana made the interactive documentary project “For the Records” that deals with young adults and mental disorders. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Interactive Systems from Vienna University.