_Welcome to the latest installment of Between Two Turrets, a new Q&A series from the NA Community team in which we'll connect you with various Rioters to chat about League, life, and anything in between. You can expect an installment every couple weeks or so, with Rioters from all over jumping in to spend some time with you on the boards._
_This week, we’ve got research manager **davin**!_
**EDIT - Thanks for coming out to chat guys! Gonna go catch my bus, but I'll try to check back later for any new questions. Take care!**
Hi friends! My name's Davin Pavlas, and I'm a Research Manager at Riot Games. I work as part of the team at Riot that studies player experience -- examining behavior, attitudes, wants, needs, psychology, and so on! My background is in Human Factors Psychology, I got my Ph.D. studying games, play, and learning. As a whole, research at Riot tackles how to make things fun, how to ensure players' needs are being met, and in general figures out how we know something is good or successful.
In the four years I've been at Riot, I've done research on a bunch of things, but my favorite work has been on champions (including Thresh, my favorite skellington), features (like Team Builder), and player behavior.
I'm a huge nerd for games of all kinds, and really believe in the power of play in people's lives. Naturally, I love the hell out of games, whether it's playing them or making them. Beyond games, you'll usually find me talking about comedy, diversity in tech, and mental health.
So, that's me. In some brief paragraphs. I'd love to answer any questions you might have, and to get to know you all as well! Let's chat!