Halbrook, Yemaya

Halbrook, Yemaya

Yemaya Halbrook
PhD Student
Structured Ph.D.


B.A. Psychology California State University, Fresno (1.1 First Class Honours)

MSc Psychological Science University of Limerick (2.1 Second Class Honours, Grade 1)


Research interests

Yemaya's research focuses on the link between video gaming and well-being. In essence, this project looks at how connected a gamer feels to a game, what motivates them to play, and if specific factors of social gaming have particular impacts on well-being.


Project Supervisors

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell, Professor Rachel Msetfi


Project Title

The Context in Which Video Gameplay Impacts Well-Being: A Self-Determination Theory Approach


Project Description

Video games are ever becoming increasingly popular across all age groups and cultures. It is important, then, to determine what effects this popular activity has on an individual's well-being. In particular, social video gaming has grown exponentially since the development of the first video game Tennis for Two in 1958. These developments in the video game industry greatly increases the ways gamers can interact with each other as well as the detail provided to the non-player characters (NPCs) in the video games themselves. Research is therefore imperative to analyse how these advancements are impacting gamers' everyday lives. This project employs the self-determination theory approach which states and individual must meet the needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness in order to achieve a high-level of well-being.

The overall aim of this project is to employ this theory in order to determine if there is a way to optimize how a video game impacts well-being, both for academic as well as game industry purposes.


Oral Presentations

Halbrook, Y. J., O'Donnell, A. T., Msetfi, R. (2017, November). A review of video games and their impacts on well-being. Oral session presentated at Technology for Wellbeing Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Halbrook, Y. J., O'Donnell, A. T., Msetfi, R. (2017, October). Video games and their effects on well-being: A review. Oral session presented at the 9th International Society for Research on Internet Interventions, Berlin, Germany.



Tutor and Teaching Assistant, Psychology Department, University of Limerick

  • Undergraduate Modules: Psychology and Everyday Life (PS4031), Practical Psychology I (PS4041), Social Issues (PS4032)
  • Postgraduate Modules: Advanced Analysis II (PS6032)



  • European Society for Research on Internet Interventions
  • International Society for Research on Internet Interventions
  • Psychological Society of Ireland
  • Centre for Social Issues Research (CSI-R; University of Limerick)