The Games Institute acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
Dr. Rita Orji was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Games Institute, working with Dr. Lennart Nacke and Dr. Chrysanne Di Marco. Rita’s research at the Games Institute focuseed on creating persuasive games aiming to help adolescents avoid various interconnected risky health behaviours (e.g., risky sex; drugs and alcohol use).Previously, Dr. Orji was a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, Canada and at Yale University, USA. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014. Before moving to Canada, she received a MSc in Information Systems (Informatics) from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and a BSc in Computer Science from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. Rita is particularly passionate about studying how Behaviour Change Support Systems and Persuasive Technologies can be designed to help people move towards improved health and wellness.