Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"It is not surprising that most schoolyard shooters and many adult mass murderers played violent video games in their spare time. To be sure, violent people are often attracted to violent entertainment, on TV, in film, or through game consoles. However, the ability to document a direct causal link indicating that consuming violent entertainment leads to violent behavior has eluded social science researchers for years...
To the extent that youngsters spend endless hours being entertained by violence says more about the lack of parental supervision and control. It isn't that the entertainment media are so powerful; it is that our other institutions - family, school, religion, and neighborhood - have grown weaker with respect to socializing children... Banning violent entertainment may be an easy fix, especially when policymakers are unwilling or unable to deal with the more fundamental causes of violence."
Cowritten with Monica J. Delateur, PhD, "Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown," Homicide Studies, Dec. 2013
Experts Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to violence and video games; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in media violence and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Columnist and Member of the Board of Contributors, USA Today, July 2013-present
Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy, Northeastern University, 2010-present
Consultant, National Institute of Justice, 1978-present
Blogger, Boston Globe, Mar. 2010-Mar. 2014
Professor of Law, Policy and Society, Northeastern University, 2007-2010
Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1999-2010
Bi-Weekly Columnist, Boston Herald, 2005-2006
Dean, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1991-1999
Professor, Northeastern University, 1985-1999
Director, Graduate School of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1990-1992
Associate Professor, Northeastern University, 1982-1985
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, 1977-1982
Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1975-1976
Instructor, Department of Economics, Community College of Philadelphia, 1974-1975
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, 1972-1973