Quinnipiac University
Elena Germain Bertozzi

Professor of Game Design and Development

Director of Games Design & Development

Dr. Elena Bertozzi is a Professor of Game Design & Development and directs the GDD program at Quinnipiac University. Her research focus is on games for health and the intersections of gender, technology, and sexuality. She teaches classes throughout the GDD curriculum and is especially interested in collaborations across departments and schools. Students in her classes work with students in the Frank Netter School of Medicine on capstone projects and with numerous external organizations on real-world problems.

She and her team have worked with scientists, artists and healthcare professionals on a variety of games that incentivize players to seek and achieve positive behavioral change. Dr. Bertozzi has written extensively on gender, sexuality and technological self-efficacy. Motivated by her experiences in using games to address previously intractable problems, she studies ways in which interactive technologies can guide players towards better decision making based on accurate knowledge. She specializes in leveraging current technologies to produce low-cost 2D games that can be delivered over the most accessible device for the target audience.

She is Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences and has served on the CAS committee for Diversity and Inclusion for many years. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the International Game Developers Organization Special Interest Group for Learning Education and Games, works closely with the IEEE organizing committee for the Games Entertainment Media Conferences, and serves as a reviewer for journals and festivals, among other service work.
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  • BA, Williams College
  • MLS, Indiana University Bloomington
  • MS, Indiana University Bloomington
  • PHD, European Graduate School Leuk Stadt

Areas of Expertise

  • Videogames
  • Games for Health
  • Games for Good


  • Game Design & Development

Office Location

  • College of Arts & Sciences 1 322

Mail Drop

  • CL-AC1