Invited Speakers


Assoc. Prof. Celina da Silva

York University, Canada


Celina da Silva, MN/ Collaborative Bioethics, PhD holds the position of Associate Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research is centered around virtual serious games (VSGs) and virtual reality. She has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and eCampus Ontario to support her work in this area including a recent SSHRC grant received in 2024.
Dr. da Silva’s recent study, backed by SSHRC funding focuses on developing open-access VSGs tailored for International Educated Nurses (IENs). She is collaborating with IENs using a co-design approach and leveraging the Morai open-access framework to create culturally relevant VSGs. These immersive virtual experiences aim to tackle the challenges faced by IENs as they transition into the Canadian healthcare system. Additionally she has partnered with research teams to explore the transitional needs of post-secondary students and mid-career workers with disabilities. The objective of these initiatives is to develop engaging digital tools customized for the unique needs of marginalized communities, through a person-centered approach.
Leveraging her multifaceted expertise in game design, virtual reality, and community-engaged scholarship, Dr. da Silva occupies a pivotal role in harnessing the power of transformative digital tools for positive social impact. Her innovative projects aim to enhance learning, wellbeing, and accessibility in the virtual world by centering the “lived experiences” of end-users and prioritizing social good.


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