• 86 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr Kathleen Yin started working for the Centre for Health Informatics at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, in May 2017. She has a PhD in neuropharmacology from the Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, on the molecular and genetic expression changes within peripheral neurons following burns injury. Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Auckland, New Zealand, and had practiced as a community pharmacist in New Zealand.

She is a member of the Consumer Informatics research stream, where she focuses her research on investigating the 'patient work' conducted by patients with chronic health conditions, assessing the work done by patients to counter the burden of illness and the contextual factors influencing such work. Personally, she has a keen interest in using serious games, defined as games used for purposes more than entertainment, to improve human health and reduce treatment burden.

Kathleen is an ardent advocate for the use of games as behavioural medicine and a tool for self-directed learning, and firmly believes in the need to engage with industry and end users to optimise uptake of health apps and games. She had spoken extensively about the use of serious games in industry, public, and academic events, including Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP), PAX Australia, and Game Developer's Conference (GDC). Internationally, Kathleen was the only academic recipient of the ten IGDA Next Gen Leader award in 2018, and was awarded the Volunteer MVP award from the Serious Games special interest group for her work in Australasia. 


Education/Academic qualification

Pharmacology, PhD, The University of Queensland


Pharmacy, Bachelor


External positions

Chair, serious games interest group, Simulation Australia

2019 → …

Co-founder, Serious Games Australia New Zealand

2017 → …

Steering committee member, serious games special interest group, International Game Developers' Association

2016 → …

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Research Outputs

  • 86 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Review article

Addition of K22 converts spider venom peptide Pme2a from an activator to an inhibitor of NaV1.7

Yin, K., Deuis, J. R., Dekan, Z., Jin, A-H., Alewood, P. F., King, G. F., Herzig, V. & Vetter, I., 19 Feb 2020, In : Biomedicines. 8, 2, p. 1-9 9 p., 37.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Context-aware systems for chronic disease patients: scoping review

    Yin, K., Laranjo, L., Tong, H. L., Lau, A. Y. S., Kocaballi, A. B., Martin, P., Vagholkar, S. & Coiera, E., 17 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 21, 6, p. 1-8 8 p., e10896.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    When the mind moves freely, the body follows: exergame design, evaluation, and the curious case of Pokémon GO

    Yin, K. & Lee, M., 30 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Games, Self, and Society. 1, 1, p. 36-65 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Patient work from a context and time use perspective: a mixed-methods study protocol

    Yin, K., Harms, T., Ho, K., Rapport, F., Vagholkar, S., Laranjo, L., Coiera, E., Gershuny, J. & Lau, A. Y. S., Dec 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 12, p. 1-8 8 p., e022163.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)

    Road to GDC: the power of play

    Yin, K., 8 Mar 2018, Rolling Stone.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle