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Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews
Room 316
Lloyd Building
Department Of Computer Science
Trinity College Dublin

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I am interested in Play & Games amongst all creatures and with computers. I am fascinated by the perspectives that disciplines such as education, psychology, anthropology and computer science take on this subject. I am particulary interested in the use of computer games to develop therapeutic relationships and the learning afforded by computer games.


BA English (major) / Philosophy

Msc Mutlimedia, Dublin City University


I am researching the potential of computer games to engage adolescents in therapeutic activities and therapeutic services. I am presently investigating the ability of games on mobile devices to engage adolescents between sessions with a psychotherapist.

I am a PhD candidate with the Computer Science Department, TCD. My PhD is entitled 'Mobile Computer Games for Engaging Adolescents in Psychotherapy'. My PhD supervisors are Dr. Gavin Doherty and Dr. John Sharry. I also work with David Coyle.


  • I am a volunteer mentor with the Computer Clubhouse in the Liberties area of Dublin.
  • I designed and developed 'Simlico' with Stuart Forbes to help engage young people from underpriviliged backgrounds in social issues, while developing 3D modelling skills.
  • I run a weekly Computer Games workshop with young people(aged 10-18), where participants learn how games are built and design their own games.


Matthews, M. and Doherty, G. (2005) Wireless Therapy: mobile games as a means of engaging adolescent clients. Accepted abstract and presentation for the Cybertherapy, 2005.

Coyle, D., Matthews, M., Sharry, J., Nisbet, A. and Doherty, G. (2005) "Personal Investigator: A Therapeutic 3D Game for Adolescent Psychotherapy". Full paper for International Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education (in press).

Matthews, M., Coyle, D., Sharry, J., Nisbet, A. and Doherty, G. (2004) "Personal Investigator: Computer Mediated Adolescent Psychotherapy using an Interactive 3D Game". Full paper included in the proceedings of NILE2004 Narrative and Interactive Learning Environments, Edinburgh, Scotland. Pp.75-81.

Coyle, D. and Matthews, M. (2004) "Personal Investigator: A Therapeutic 3D Game for Teenagers". Presented at the 'Social Learning Through Gaming' Workshop, CHI 2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Vienna, Austria.

Coyle, D., Sharry, J., Nisbet, A. and Matthews, M. (2003) "Virtual Perspectives: Developing a Therapeutic 3D Virtual Environment for Adolescents." Invited Publication in Eisteach: A Quarterly Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy 2 (25), pp.27-31. | Last Updated May/2012 | © 2001-2021

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