• Associate Director, Division Of Games
  • Director of Digital Medicine, Center for Medical Innovation
  • Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah. Project: A grounded legal study of the breakdown of modders' relationships with game companies or legal threats shake moral beds


Roger Altizer, Jr., Ph.D.  is an associate professor jointly appointed in Population Health Sciences, Health Systems Innovation Research Division, and Entertainment Arts and Engineering, which he is also a co-founder of. He is the director of Digital Medicine for the Center for Medical Innovation, the founding director of The GApp lab (Therapeutic Games and Apps), former director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology, and former He is a former Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland University. Roger earned his Ph.D. in Communication at Utah and presently works on both entertainment and serious games research and education as well as games studies. He collaborates with hospitals and not-for-profits to help clinicians and patients design, build and use games in an attempt to move away from workful and towards playful approaches to health. Creator of The Design Box, a participatory, inductive design methodology, Roger strives to include users as designers in his work and to leverage critical theory in developing meaningful, playful experiences. Roger also believes in the power of translational research and is a frequent speaker at industry and fan events ranging from the Game Developers Conference (GDC) to Dragon Con. Roger is a Universitry Distinguished Teacher and a Higher Education Videogame Alliance Fellow.