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Cheryl K. Olson, ScD Biography

Co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“It’s clear that the ‘big fears’ bandied about in the press – that violent video games make children significantly more violent in the real world; that children engage in the illegal, immoral, sexist and violent acts they see in some of these games – are not supported by the current research, at least in such a simplistic form. That should make sense to anyone who thinks about it. After all, millions of children and adults play these games, yet the world has not been reduced to chaos and anarchy.”

Cowritten with Lawrence Kutner, PhD, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games, Apr. 15, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-director, Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media
  • Vice President, Health Communication Consultants, Inc.
  • Faculty, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Consultant, Hoffmann-La Roche
  • Ghostwritter of two New York Times best-selling health books
  • Award-winning video producer
  • Led a two-year, $1.5 million research project to study teens and video and computer games that was funded by the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Columnist, Parents magazine
  • Postdoctoral European Certificate, Pharmaceutical Medicine, University of Basel (Switzerland)
  • ScD (Doctor of Science), Harvard School of Public Health, 1995
  • MPH, Community Health Education, University of Minnesota, 1986
  • BA, Communications, University of Minnesota
  • Has a teenage son who plays video games
  • Married to co-author Lawrence Kutner, PhD