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Dr. Anthony Bean

Dr. Anthony Bean

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Anthony Bean, The Video Game Doctor

Dr. Anthony Bean is a Licensed Clinical Depth Psychologist, video game researcher, and the Executive Director at The Telos Project, a thriving nonprofit mental health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas which focuses on video gamers and their families.  He has been consulted as an expert for CNN, Inverse, Polygon, and internationally for Gehirn & Geist, while also appearing on Radio, Podcasts, and being a sought after Keynote Speaker and conference speaker in the United States, Canada, and Russia.  He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and specialize in the therapeutic implications of video games and gaming, working with children and adolescents, and the use of video game character identification as a therapeutic technique. He has also authored multiple academic articles, book chapters, and the two books Working with Video Gamers and Games in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide (Routledge, 2018) and The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series (Ben Bella, 2019) while being active on twitter (@VideoGameDoc).


Education

Pacifica Graduate Institute
Doctor of Philosophy, 2015

Florida State University
M.S. Criminology, 2010

Framingham State University
B.A. Psychology, 2008

Activities & Affiliations

• Executive Director/Head Psychologist - The Telos Project
• Owner - Bean Professional Psychological Services PLLC
• Author, Speaker, Clinical Video Game Expert

License Area

• Texas

 

 

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Megan Connell

Dr. Megan Connell is a board-certified clinical psychologist whose practice encompasses a wide variety of topics and approaches.  Her innovated work with girls, geeks and games has garnered her national attention, particularly for her work in applied role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.  She co-developed applied, therapeutic role-playing games training curriculum for mental health professionals.  Dr. Connell has appeared on Geek and Sundry to talk about the interface of gaming and psychology, regularly speaks at major gaming conventions nationally, and she writes, directs, and produces the YouTube series Psychology at the Table, as well as the live play Dungeons & Dragons game Clinical Roll.  She is active on Twitter as @MeganPsyD.


Education

Argosy University Hawaii
Doctor of Psychology, 2010

Argosy University Hawaii
M.A. Clinical Psychology, 2008

Berklee College of Music
B.A. Professional Music, 2004

Activities & Affiliations

• Co-Creator of Applied Use of Tabletop Role Playing Games in Therapy
• Speaks Nationally on Applied use the Tabletop Games in Therapy
• Co-Founder of Geeks Like Us

License Area

• North Carolina, Virginia, & Washington

Dr. Megan Connell

Dr. Megan Connell

 

 
Dr. Emory Daniel

Dr. Emory Daniel

ASSISTANT Professor; Researcher

Dr. Emory S. Daniel

Dr. Emory S. Daniel Jr. is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University. He focuses in instructing courses in social media, media planning, research methods, and entertainment media. He is also active in communication and behavioral science research. His research specializes in parasocial relationships/interactions, gaming, interactive media, and strategic communication. Dr. Daniel focuses on streaming as a focal point of these topics and researches fandom and communities within Twitch and YouTube chat rooms, researching and advocating a safer environment for content creators from toxic language and privacy issues. Dr. Daniel also stays active in speaking engagements presenting both nationally and internationally at Communication and Pop Culture Conferences. Meanwhile also presenting at entertainment conventions at the Penny Arcade Exhibition (PAX) and South by Southwest. Furthermore, his research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Interactive Advertising, Communication Research Reports, Journalism Studies, Internet and Higher Education Journal, and Journal of Advertising Education. He also has a chapter published in The Psychology of Zelda: Linking our World to the Legend of Zelda Series, while keeping a strong twitter presence (@FusRoDoc).


Activities & Affiliations

• Vice Chair – Elect | Games Studies Division: National Communication Association (NCA)
• Web Editor The Gatekeeper|Mass Communication Division: (NCA)
• Editorial Board: Communication Research Reports Journal

Assistant Professor

• Department of Communication, Appalachian State University

Education

North Dakota State University
Doctor of Philosophy, 2017

Virginia Tech
M.A. Communication, 2009

Appalachian State University
B.S. Advertising, 2007


School and Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Ryan M. Kelly, “Dr. K.”

Dr. Ryan Kelly is an author, psychologist, graphic novelist, and co-founder of Geeks Like Us, an inclusive community based media company that aims to help geeks flourish.  Before working in private practice, “Dr. K.” worked in academia at the University of South Carolina, at a neuropsychological practice, and within schools (Title I, ESL) and hospitals in North and South Carolina. He is an award-winning researcher and college instructor, and is co-creator and illustrator of Max Gamer, the first autistic superhero comic book.  His research focuses largely on innovative models of mental health (e.g., the “Dual-Factor Model”), youth well-being (e.g., contributing author to the Handbook of Child Well-Being), and developing table-top and video games to improve standard social skill interventions for those on the Autism Spectrum. As an acclaimed pioneer in “geek therapy”, Dr. K. travels monthly to comic and gaming conventions to speak on how to use games (e.g., D&D, Video Games), geek culture, and science to help people, and is often featured in popular news outlets and podcasts (e.g., WNBC, Fox, SyFy, Variety, Huffpost, Psychology Today, etc.). More than anything, he wishes he was a space cowboy. He is active on Twitter @DrRKelly.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Co-Founder of Geeks Like Us (@G33kslikeus)

  • International Speaker, Author, Geek and Aspie Specialist

  • Committee member of the Emerald School of Excellence (Substance Use Charter)

License Area

  • North Carolina and South Carolina

Education

University of South Carolina
Doctor of Philosophy, 2015

University of South Carolina
M.A. School Psychology, 2013

Ecuadorian Professional Preparation Program
Bilingual Cultural Competence, 2011

University of North Carolina, Pembroke
B.S. Psychology, 2008

Dr. Ryan Kelly

Dr. Ryan Kelly


Dr. Sarah Sawyer

Dr. Sarah Sawyer

Doctor in Counseling Psychology, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Dr. Sarah A. Sawyer

Dr. Sarah Sawyer is a Doctor of Counseling Psychology and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Co-Owner and Lead Clinician at Save Point Behavioral Health - a geek and gamer-centric private practice located in Seattle, Washington. She also serves as Content Manager for Take This, a mental health non-profit that seeks to educate and advocate for mental health support in the gaming community and industry. She has been featured in Variety and iThrive Games, multiple streams and podcasts, and a MST3K-style commercial for the popular indie game Death Squared. Sarah streams weekly for Geeks Like Us, a non-profit that strives to embrace geek culture and encourages the development of science and new ideas. She regularly travels to present about video games, geek culture, and psychology at conventions - as well as developing and presenting education at training seminars. Sarah is active on twitter @XsarahdactylX.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Co-Owner and Lead Clinician, Save Point Behavioral Health

  • Content Manager, Take This

  • Speaker, author, and Geek Therapy expert

License Area

  • Washington State

Education

University of St. Thomas
Doctor of Psychology, 2018

University of St. Thomas
M.A. Counseling Psychology, 2013

University of Minnesota Duluth
B.S. Psychology, Minor Sociology, 2011

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