1. Hawke Robinson

by Hawke Robinson published 2018/09/06 20:58:00 GMT-7, last modified 2022-10-09T12:29:16-07:00
Founder and President of RPG Research. Published under W.A. Hawkes-Robinson.

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Name: Hawke Robinson

Position(s) / Title(s): Founder & President

Volunteer Start Date: 2004

Volunteer Number: 1

Level: 8 (Ultra-violet, 30,000+ hours)

RPG Experience: Since late 1970s


  • Washington State Dept. of Health Registered Recreational Therapist (2014-2019)
  • Interdisciplinary B.A. Psychology, Music & Recreation Therapy, Eastern Washington University. (2019)
  • Mental Health First Aide Certification (2014)
  • Global Information Assurance Certified Incident Handler, SANS Institute (2002)
  • Sun Solaris Certified Systems Administrator (SCSA)  (2001)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) (1999) / Professional (MCP) (1998)
  • Novell Certified Netware Administrator (CNA) (1998)
  • Associates in Computer Science, Certified Careers Institute (1998)
  • Environmental Services Certified (Utah State College) (1993)
  • Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) certifications x4 (1992)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) (1991)
  • Habilitation Therapist (1991)

We are helping people heal & improving the quality of life for diverse populations around the world by providing accessible & inclusive collaborative research-supported programs using music & role-playing games.Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist, with an interdisciplinary background in recreation therapy, music therapy, neuroscience, computer science, information security, and research psychology. Involved with RPGs since the 1970s.
Researching the effects of role-playing games since 1983, providing programs in schools since 1985, in therapeutic settings & online since 2004. A 501(c)3 non-profit. RPG Research provides an open international community, sharing, studying, & providing accessible & inclusive, collaborative music & games, to help improve people's lives!

Since early 2016, I have been joined by a growing core team of long-term, dedicated, wonderful, volunteers to help grow the capabilities of the research and program plans. In 2017 we only had around 7 volunteers, by early 2019 we were over #55 and spanning 4 continents!

Accessible community programs, building upon the body of research, helping a wide range of people, with diverse needs. Through our programs we help them achieve their educational & therapeutic goals. We extend our geographic reach for research & helping, both online & with the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer & RPG Bus mobile facilities. Our volunteers travel, especially to those in under-served & un-served rural locations, providing services to those that benefit the most. The RPG Trailer provides people with a comfortable, safe, wheelchair accessible gaming and music “living room” on wheels, for the optimal experience.

The RPG Research website is an open, international, repository of research information on the effects of Role-Playing Games (RPGs).

All RPG formats:
Tabletop (TRPG)
Live-action (LARP)
Computer-based (CRPG)
Solo adventure books and modules (SABM).

Multi-instrumentalist (more than 20), composer, vocalist, performer under the pseudonym "Synthetic Zen", and drum circle facilitator which we often use in conjunction with our various programs.


Hawke Robinson Interviews, Articles, In The Media

On Wizards of the Coast's Dragon Talk January 2018 (MP3) (VIDEO) (ARTICLE)

Adolescents roll high on unique mental health-care options

Unconventional – Role Playing Games (RPG)

Clinical Application of Therapeutic Gaming

Saving the Game: Weekend Reading 33

Reddit: D&D Being Used For Therapy

Take This: Dragon Talk Delves Into RPG Research and RPG Therapy

SpoCon 2017 Speaker List

PNW RPG Research – RPG Therapy

Drama Workds: LARP – The way Live Action Role-Play is revolutionising education

Social and Emotional Roleplaying Resources: Sociology of TTRPGs (Group Dynamics)

MERPCON III : Overdose

Our Fractured Minds: OFM S1 E10: (Dungeon) Mastering the Mind w/ Hawke Robinson, Recreational Therapist

CAR-PGa NEWSLETTER - Vol. 27, No. 5

KREM2 / NWCN News: Local man opens unique mobile therapy unit to help physically disabled

The Hardboiled GMshoe's Office: [Q&A] Hawke Robinson (The RPG Research Project)

Red de Rol: The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer (non-English)

LARPing as Therapy Video Panel

VICE: LARPing Is the Future of Education











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