About Marlou Poppelaars[email protected]
Marlou Poppelaars is a PhD student at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, where she previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogical Sciences and Research Master’s degree in Behavioural Science. During her Research Master, Marlou conducted a study on the short-term behavioural effects of pro- and anti-social video games in primary school children. Additionally, she conducted an RCT evaluating the effectiveness of two depression prevention programs – a traditional, classroom-based program (OVK, based on the Penn Resiliency Program) and a video game designed for depression prevention (SPARX). Currently, her project focuses on mechanisms in commercially available video games that may promote mental health in adolescents. Ultimately, she would like to help develop an engaging video game that promotes mental health.