Research Team

Tyra Pendergrass Boomer, MEM

Deputy Director, play2PREVENT Lab; Research Project Director, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Adolescents; Videogame Interventions; Health Promotion


Tyra Pendergrass Boomer, MEM
Deputy Director, play2PREVENT Lab; Research Project Director, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Selected Publications
  • Boomer TP, Larkin K, Duncan LR, Fernandes CF, Fiellin LE. A serious video game targeting HIV testing and counseling: A randomized controlled trial. J Adolesc Health. 2024 Feb;74(2):252-259. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2023.08.016. PMID: 37815773.
  • Patel SV, Cance JD, Bonar EE, Carter PM, Dickerson DL, Fiellin LE, Fernandes CSF, Palimaru AI, Boomer TMP, Saldana L, Singh RR, Tinius E, Walton MA, Youn S, Young S, Philbrick S, Lambdin BH. Accelerating solutions for the overdose crisis: An effectiveness-implementation hybrid protocol for the HEAL Prevention Cooperative. Prev Sci. 2023 Oct;24(Suppl 1):40-49. doi: 10.1007/s11121-022-01465-2. PMID: 36399222; PMCID: PMC9673891.
  • Pendergrass Boomer TM, Hoerner LA, Fernandes CF, Maslar A, Aiudi S, Kyriakides TC, Fiellin LE. A digital health game to prevent opioid misuse and promote mental health in adolescents in school-based health settings: Protocol for the PlaySmart game randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2023 Sep 8;18(9):e0291298. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0291298. PMID: 37683047; PMCID: PMC10490848.
  • Hieftje KD, Fernandes CF, Lin IH, Fiellin LE. Effectiveness of a web-based tobacco product use prevention videogame intervention on young adolescents' beliefs and knowledge.┬áSubst Abus. 2019 Dec 11:1-7. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2019.1691128. PMID: 31825759.
  • Pendergrass TM, Hieftje K, Fiellin LE. Improving health outcomes and quality of life for African adolescents: The role of digital and mobile games. In: Eloff I. Handbook of Quality of Life in African Societies. Springer, Inc.
  • Pentz MA, Hieftje KD, Pendergrass TM, Brito SA, Liu M, Arora T, Tindle HA, Krishnan-Sarin S, Fiellin LE. A videogame intervention for tobacco product use prevention in adolescents. Addict Behav. 2019 Apr; 91:188-192.doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.11.016. PMID: 30477819.
  • Camenga DR, Fiellin LE, Pendergrass T, Miller E, Pentz MA, Hieftje K. Adolescents' perceptions of flavored tobacco products, including E-cigarettes: A qualitative study to inform FDA tobacco education efforts through videogames. Addict Behav. 2018 Jul;82:189-194. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.03.021. PMID: 29573891; PMCID: PMC6699146.
  • Pendergrass TM, Hieftje KD, Duncan LR, Arora T, Fiellin LE. A pilot intervention to encourage HIV testing and counseling among minority adolescents. In TechMindSociety '18: Proceedings of the Technology, Mind, and Society. 2018 April: Article 30, p.1.
  • Duncan LR, Hieftje KD, Pendergrass TM, Sawyer BG, Fiellin LE. Preliminary investigation of a videogame prototype for cigarette and marijuana prevention in adolescents. Subst Abus. 2018 March;39(3):275-279. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2018.1437862. PMID: 29425481; PMCID: PMC6085155.
  • Fiellin LE, Hieftje KD, Pendergrass TM, Kyriakides TC, Duncan LR, Dziura JD, Sawyer BG, Mayes L, Crusto CA, Forsyth BW, Fiellin DA. Video game intervention for sexual risk reduction in minority adolescents: Randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2017;19(9):e314. PMCID: PMC5625130.
  • Fiellin LE, Kyriakides TC, Hieftje KD, Pendergrass TM, Duncan LR, Dziura JD, Sawyer BG, Fiellin DA. The design and implementation of a randomized controlled trial of a risk reduction and human immunodeficiency virus prevention videogame intervention in minority adolescents: PlayForward: Elm City Stories. Clin Trials. 2016 Aug;13(4):400-8. doi: 10.1177/1740774516637871. PMID: 27013483; PMCID: PMC4942329.
  • Pendergrass TM, Hieftje K, Crusto CA, Montanaro E, Fiellin LE. If we build it, will they come? A qualitative study of key stakeholder opinions on the implementation of a videogame intervention for risk reduction in adolescents. Games Health J. 2016 Aug;5(4):279-85. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2015.0092. PMID: 27336205; PMCID: PMC4991582.