About the Authors

Michelle Colder Carras

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Resources, Supervision, Validation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing


Current address: International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Affiliation Behavioral Sciences Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Jing Shi

Roles Data curation, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Supervision, Validation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Gregory Hard

Roles Data curation, Investigation, Methodology, Resources, Validation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation MGH Institute of Health Professions, Mass General Brigham, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ian J. Saldanha

Roles Investigation, Methodology, Resources, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health, Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, and Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Competing Interests

I have read the journal’s policy and the authors of this manuscript have the following competing interests: Dr. Colder Carras has spoken to the World Health Organization about this topic at the request of the Entertainment Software Association but has received no funding, honorarium, fees, meals, lodging, donations or reimbursement. She has also spoken about this topic to other audiences: She received an honorarium and airfare to speak to the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry about video games and mental health and has addressed this topic in other unpaid/unreimbursed conferences and lectures. Dr. Colder Carras has no past, current, or planned business or financial relationships with any other organization related to the video game industry. She has acted as a consultant with a nonprofit organization, Stack Up, that provides mental health and suicide prevention support through online video game play. She is currently a member of the American Association for Suicidology Technology and Innovation Committee and believes that video games and social media have the potential to be useful platforms for delivering public health interventions. She sometimes plays video games herself. The other authors declare no conflict of interest.