Last updated on: 2/3/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Lawrence Kutner, PhD Biography

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

“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 Cheryl Olson, ScD, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games, Apr. 15, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to violence and video games. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to media violence and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-founder, Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media
  • Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Sep. 2009-present
  • Recipient, Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2008
  • Board Member, Rosalyn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism at the Carter Center in Atlanta
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • President, Health Communication Consultants, Inc., 1991-present
  • Recipient, National Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, 1990
  • Trained at the Mayo Clinic
  • Wrote the “Parent and Child” column for the New York Times, 1987-1994
  • Principal Investigator for a four-year project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that aimed to promote interest in brain research among local news viewers and journalists
  • Hosted a call-in program on parenting for KGO Radio (ABC) in San Francisco for two years
  • Licensed as a psychologist in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York
  • Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Oberlin College
  • Other:
  • Has a teenage son who plays video games
  • Married to co-author Cheryl K. Olson, ScD
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?