University of Waterloo

Rina R. Wehbe

Primary Researcher

Rina is a PhD candidate in Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on Games for Change, Computing (HCI) for Good, and Mental Health.

Email: rina.wehbe[at]

Ally Suarez

Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Ally is in her second-year of Honours Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is currently working as a co-op student in the HCI Games Group under the supervision of Dr. Lennart Nacke. She is interested in human-computer interaction, particularly in the implementation of technologies in healthcare. She works on the lab study protocols and data collection of this research. 

Email: ally.suarez[at]

Arnold Dian (AJ) Abistado Jr.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

AJ is in his second year of Honours Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. He volunteers with the HCI Games Group and CS HCI. With his passion for both video games and gaining a better understanding of mental health, volunteering with the Pet Project seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Email: adjkabistado[at]

Carnegie Mellon University

Eshita Kar

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Eshita is an undergraduate studying Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University with an interest in Robotics, Cybersecurity, and Game Design. She is currently responsible for handling the ethics documentation for this project on the Carnegie Mellon side. In the future, she will be helping with the collection and analysis of data for this study.

Email: eshitak[at]

Sue Lee

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sue is a sophomore studying Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include human-computer interaction and user experience.  Sue scripted and designed mini-games for the mobile and Large Display game. She also worked on content development and application distribution.

Email: suel2[at]

Faculty Level Collaborators

Dr. Edward Lank

Project Supervisor

Dr. Lank is a professor and Cheriton Faculty Fellow in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His research is in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and  particularly focuses on Intelligent User Interfaces, Mobile, Multi-Touch, and Free-space Gestural Interaction, and Movement and Input Modeling in Interfaces. [taken from his website]

Email: lank[at]

Dr. Jessica Hammer

Project Supervisor

Dr. Hammer is a Thomas and Lydia Moran Assistant Professor of Learning Science, jointly appointed in the HCI Institute and the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the co-director of the OH!Lab and her research focuses on three core areas: transformational games, educational technology for project-based learning, and inclusive innovation in design. [taken from her website]

Email: hammerj[at]


Special thank you to our alumni contributors: 

Iris Hwang
Chang Liu
Gökay Abaci

Supporting Institutions

This project would not be possible without the support of our support institutes. 

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