Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine
Director, play4REAL XR Lab
Kimberly Hieftje is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and co-director of XRPeds at Yale. For the past 13 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, alcohol and tobacco use prevention, HIV/STI prevention and testing, empowering Black teen girls on their sexual health, bystander intervention, LGBTQ bullying, mental health, and school climate. 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.