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  • 163 Citations
  • 7 h-Index

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Research Interests

My research interests cover serious games, gamification, e-health, (mental) health care, adolescents/children, behaviour change and technology-based intervention research. Initially, my research has mainly focused on developing and examining the effectiveness of these interventions in children and adolescents, but this is now extending to older adults with DDRI. Also, although, my specific expertise is focused on serious gaming I am sure I will be able to translate design, research and commercialization principles to other technological applications. A big question in this upcoming and popular field is, when interventions are effective, how do people engage with them, who benefits the most and how do these interventions work.  

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Doctorate, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence, MSc, University of Utrecht


Education and Behavioral Development, MSc


Pedagogical Sciences, BSc , University of Utrecht


External positions

PhD co-supervisor , University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam

2017 → …

Steering Committee Member - "Computer says no" project, University College London


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Interventions
  • developmental psychology
  • eHealth
  • Serious Games
  • gamification
  • children
  • adolescents
  • evaluation

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Research Output

A Mobile Phone Intervention to Improve Obesity-Related Health Behaviors of Adolescents Across Europe: Iterative Co-Design and Feasibility Study.

Martin, A., Caon, M., Adorni, F., Andreoni, G., Ascolese, A., Atkinson, S., Bul, K., Carrion, C., Castell, C., Ciociola, V., Condon, L., Espallargues, M., Hanley, J., Jesuthasan, N., Lafortuna, C. L., Lang, A., Prinelli, F. P., Puidomenech Puig, E., Tabozzi, S. A. & McKinstry, B., 2 Mar 2020, In : JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 8, 3, p. 1-16 16 p., e14118.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Board Games for Health: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis

    Gauthier, A., Kato, P., Bul, K., Dunwell, I., Walker-Clarke, A. & Lameras, P., 8 Apr 2019, In : Games for health journal. 8, 2, p. 85-100 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    46 Downloads (Pure)

    RELISH-DB a large expert-curated database for benchmarking biomedical literature search.

    Brown, P., RELISH Consortium & Zhou, Y., 31 Jan 2019, (Submitted) In : Scientific data. p. 1-61 61 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A serious game for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Who benefits the most?

    Bul, K., Doove, L., Franken, I., Van der Oord, S., Kato, P. & Maras, A., 15 Mar 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 3, 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    28 Downloads (Pure)

    BTS conference - Using the Japanese KJ Ho method as a qualitative creative problem solving technique to address clinicians’ and young kidney transplant patients’ needs concerning treatment

    Bul, K., Krishnan, N., Griggs, D., McCharthy, K., Whiteman, B., Szczepura, A. & Nomura, T., 16 Mar 2018. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Activities

    VU University Amsterdam (External organisation)

    Kim Bul (Member)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Can fantasy games impact behaviour in the "Real World"?

    Kim Bul (Speaker)
    31 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) Workshop

    Kim Bul (Participant)
    29 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Improving Treatment Adherence in Young Kidney Transplant Patients

    Kim Bul (Speaker)
    14 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    Educational Bursary

    Kim Bul (Recipient), 8 Jun 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Travel Grant CIRAL

    Kim Bul (Recipient), 28 Feb 2018

    Prize: Other distinction