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Douglas A. Gentile, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology at Iowa State University
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“The present data show that playing violent video games and/or having a preference for violent video games is correlated with delinquency and violence even when considering the effects of a battery of correlates of delinquency including psychopathy…

The consumption of violent media is far from innocuous, and when violent media consumption in the form of video games is viewed by adults as a ‘reward’ for youth to spend their free time, it can be problematic. Youth with pre-existing psychopathology are particularly at risk for the deleterious effects of violent video games.”

Cowritten with Matt DeLisi, Michael G. Vaughn, Craig A. Anderson, and Jeffrey J. Shook, “Violent Video Games, Delinquency, and Youth Violence: New Evidence,” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Oct. 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, Iowa State University, 2010-present
  • Expert Witness, adolescent/young adult bullying and murder trials, 2007-present
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University (Australia), 2012
  • Extension Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 2010-2012
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University, 2003-2010
  • Director of Research, National Institute on Media and the Family, 1998-2009
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, 2007
  • Academic Staff, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 2000-2003
  • Research Associate, Anderson Niebuhr & Associates, 1995-1998
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Minnesota, 1989-1995
  • Assistant Examiner, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, 1989
  • Assistant Research Data Analyst, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, 1986-1988
  • PhD, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1998
  • MA, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1993
  • BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1986
  • Was named one of the Best 300 Professors in the US by the Princeton Review, 2012
  • Recipient, Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2014
  • Recipient, Best Publication Silver Award, Annals, Academy of Medicine, 2010
  • Has given media interviews to a number of publications, including: New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Boston Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and TIME Magazine
  • Member, Board of Advisors, ParentsWare, 2013-present
  • Teaching Mentor, Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Mentorship Program, 2012-present
  • Member, Executive Council, International Society for Research on Aggression, 2012-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Partnership for a Drug-Free Iowa/Face it Together, 2009-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Family Connections, KMSQ Public Television, 2008-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Action Coalition for Media Education, 2002-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Turn Off the Violence, 1999-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Media Knowledge, Inc., 1999-2008
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