Carrie Heeter, Ph.D., RYS 200
Meditation Designer
Retired Professor of Media and Information
Michigan State University

I design and study cybermeditation and taught foundations of serious games and human-centered experience design courses.

I have studied meditation intensively for nine  years with my teacher, Dr. Marcel Allbritton, in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar.  I am a certified Yoga Meditation Teacher.  For the last nine years I have participated in weekly meditations and bi-monthly meditation planning classes taught by Chase Bossart.

Together Marcel and I have been developing approaches to design and deliver meditation in this system of yoga and meditation. I am Founding Director of Yoga Mind Tools, a startup that designs meditation experiences including virtual reality meditation experiences and movement meditations for productivity, lifestyle, and well-being.   We also explore the idea of meditation as meaningful play.

Deep Experience meditations are a collection of 20-25 minute experiences (now more than 60) I created, each connecting with a unique meditation object. 

I directed MSU’s fully online graduate certificate in serious games. Throughout my 40+ year career, I designed and studied technology-enhanced experiences.  I designed and directed development of more than 50 interactive experiences including learning and cognitive games and other technology-enhanced learning experiences, interactive learning systems, and patient empowerment software.  I have published more than 100 books, chapters, articles, and proceedings about individual and social impacts of interactive technology, gender and gaming, and playstyles and player types.

My academic degrees include a Ph.D. in Mass Media (1986) and a BA in Communication (1982), both from Michigan State University. I was founding director of the Communication Technology Laboratory (1980 to 2005) which has transformed into the thriving GEL Lab (Games for Entertainment and Learning) lead by Brian Winn.