Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"[I]t is absolutely irrelevant whether crime rates fall or rise when violent video game playing increases, as gaming can only ever be one of a multitude of possible factors that contribute to violent crime trends...
[M]y conclusions after carefully examining the evidence for the impact of violent video games on players’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, are that commonly reported effects – short- and long-term increases in aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, and increases to hostile attitudes and beliefs – are demonstrated both on the balance of probabilities and beyond reasonable doubt.”
"Apples, Oranges, and the Burden of Proof – Putting Media Violence Findings Into Context: A Comment on Elson and Ferguson (2013)," European Psychologist, 2014
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:
Deputy Director, Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University (Australia), July 2009-present
Senior Lecturer of Developmental Psychology, Macquarie University (Australia), July 2009-present
Spokesperson, Australian Council for Children and the Media
Editor, Sharkwatch - The Australian Financial Counselling Journal
Advocate, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's Governing Council (Australia), 2006-2012
Advocate, Telstra Consumer Consultative Council Credit Management Working Group (Australia), 2002-2010
PhD, Psychology, Macquarie University (Australia), 2007
BPsych (Hons) (Bachelors of Psychology with Honors), Macquarie University (Australia), 2002
"The Study of Aggressive Behaviour," in Elizabeth Handsley, Colin MacDougall, and Michael Rich (Eds.), Children's Wellbeing in the Media Age, 2015
"Apples, Oranges, and the Burden of Proof – Putting Media Violence Findings into Context: A Comment on Elson and Ferguson (2013)," European Psychologist, 2014
Cowritten with Heidi I. Brummert-Lennings, "The Effect of Auditory versus Visual Violent Media Exposure on Aggressive Behaviour: The Role of Song Lyrics, Video Clips and Musical Tone," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2011
Coedited with Danya Braunstein, Growing Up Fast and Furious, 2012
Cowritten with Betty Weule and Richard Brading, The Bankruptcy Handbook, 2007
Coauthor of the world experts' Statement on Violent Video Game Violence in the "Gruel Amicus Curiae Brief" for the 2010 US Supreme Court case, California vs. Entertainment Merchants
PhD thesis was titled "Control-Related Aggression: Evidence for a Mechanism, Its Origins, and Personality Correlates"
Undergraduate thesis was titled "Aggressive Responding to Ostracism: The Moderating Roles of Control Motivation and Narcissistic Vulnerability, and the Mediating Role of Negative Effect"
Recipient, Faculty of Human Sciences' Executive Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Macquarie University (Australia), 2014
Recipient, Jan Pentland Prize for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Australian Financial Counselling, 2013
Recipient, Australian Psychological Society Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology, 2007
Recipient, Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Excellent PhD Thesis, Macquarie University (Australia), 2007
Recipient, Higher Degree Research Excellence Award, Macquarie University Division of Linguistics and Psychology (Australia), 2006