Dr. Dana Ruggiero is involved in research initiatives from various European research institutes including the EU TEMPUS and ERASMUS programs. Dana consults on a variety of projects including building games for change, learning design for games-based classes, and augmented reality modules.

Dana completed her Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University and earned an M.A. in Education from Augsburg College. Her research interest focuses on praxis in design for persuasive technology, multimedia installations, and affective knowledge, including the application of games for social issues such as higher education, homelessness, juvenile offenders, children in care, and healthcare. In addition to speaking at international conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals she has edited a book on persuasive application of games and has two more books in press on game design for social change.