Kimberly Hieftje, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Kimberly Hieftje is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and co-director of XR Pediatrics and the Yale Center for Immersive Technologies in Pediatrics. For the past 14 years, her research has focused on the development, evaluation, and implementation of health and education interventions for youth that utilize XR and game technology. Dr. Hieftje has led teams that have developed game interventions focused on topics including e-cigarette, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use prevention, HIV/STI prevention and testing, sexual health, bystander intervention, LGBTQ bullying, mental health, and infection prevention. Dr. Hieftje is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Games for Health Journal, the premier journal in the field of serious games for health and clinical applications.