Constance Johnson, PhD, FAAN presents at July Conference on Games in Healthcare at UNC-CH

Constance Johnson, PhD, FAAN Associate Professor, Health Informatician, and Senior Research Faculty in the Duke University School of Nursing will be presenters at Serious Play Conference, a leadership gathering of thought leaders on game-based training, this July 25-28 at UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Her co-presenter is Mr. Randy Brown, the Virtual Heroes Division Manager at Applied Research Associates, Inc., a company that creates immersive training and education content for commercial, medical, and government customers.  Their session is titled:


“Supporting Chronic Disease Self-Management in a Virtual Environment:

Lessons Learned from a Diabetes Program at Duke University”


Little is known about the efficacy of health interventions in a virtual environment. This study, conducted by Duke and Virtual Heroes, constitutes an innovative step in exploring how this type of environment can be used to facilitate self-management behaviors in those with chronic diseases, in this case, diabetes. The program has good potential to improve care in an easily disseminated model that promotes cost-effective resource utilization.

Serious Play is a conference that features 60+ speakers on serious games. For more information, go to