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The GApp Lab

The Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab (The GApp Lab) is a one-of-a-kind collaboratory that brings together student game developers to work alongside faculty researchers to create innovative software to solve real-world problems.

Leveraging virtual reality, mobile apps, web apps, and more, these collaborations create evidence-based tools to help with a variety of domains ranging from physical therapy and adaptive sports to mental health and social work. The GApp Lab provides a studio, mentorship, and education to provide GApp Lab Fellows (students) and research partners (faculty) to empower them to innovate, develop, and research the next generation of digital health technologies.
In addition to education and innovation, The GApp Lab values equity, diversity, and inclusion. In support of this, The GApp Lab leans heavily into participatory design. We believe that the best educational and health interventions are developed not for a community, but with the community by bringing in community members and patients as co-designers.
While the lab works on a wide variety projects aiming to solve a wide array of problems, The GApp Lab leverages entertainment and playfulness in its projects to encourage engagement and adherence and promote the notion that a playful life is a healthy life.
    Choreographish is a game is designed to help young adults with autism to think choreographically. Players are immersed in an underwater VR environment where they manipulate the paths of schooling fish to create personalized dances to their own music.
    Tetra-Ski is an accessible sports systems for patients with tetraplegia. It is currently in use by trained staff at ski-hills and lakes in North America and Europe.
    The GApp Lab is led by

    Dr. Roger Altizer, PhD

    Dr. Altizer is an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Health System Innovation & Research.

    The GApp Lab is funded by Utah Health as well as grants and donations.

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