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Jeffrey J. Shook, JD, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh
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, Douglas A. Gentile, and Craig A. Anderson, “Violent Video Games, Delinquency, and Youth Violence: New Evidence,” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice<e/m>, Oct. 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Academic Review Panel, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 2012-present
  • Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2011-present
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, 2011-present
  • Chair, Society for Social Work and Research Criminal Justice Abstract Selection Committee, 2009-present
  • Abstract Reviewer, Society for Social Work and Research, Annual Meeting, 2009-present
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, 2007-2011
  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2005-2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2004-2005
  • PhD, Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan, 2004
  • Masters of Social Work (MSW), University of Michigan, 1999
  • JD, cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law, 1996
  • BA, Economics, Grinnell College, 1992
  • Recipient, Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • Recipient, Horace H. Rackham Award for Public Service Work, University of Michigan, 2002
  • Recipient, Forefronts Lake County Progress Award given in appreciation of commitment to the excellence of
    the Lake County Illinois community, for work with the Illinois Center for Youth Advocacy, 1998
  • Has given media interviews to a number of publications, including: Pittsburgh Tribune Review, New Yorker, Prism Magazine, and The Nation
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