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Matt DeLisi, PhD Biography

Professor of Sociology 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 Michael G. Vaughn, Douglas A. Gentile, 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:
  • Consulting Editor, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 2014-present
  • Member, Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Des Moines Area Community College, 2012-present
  • Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University, 2011-present
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Criminal Justice, May 15, 2010-present
  • Associate Editor, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 2010-present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Violence, Iowa State University, 2007-present
  • Coordinator, Criminal Justice Studies Program, Iowa State University, 2000-present
  • Associate Professor, Iowa State University, 2006-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, 2000-2006
  • Member, Board of Directors, Center for Creative Justice, 2003-2006
  • Pretrial Services Officer/Bond Commissioner, 20th Judicial District, Boulder County, Colorado, 1995-2000
  • Teacher, High School for Leadership and Public Service, New York, 1994
  • Researcher, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and Human Rights Commission of Syracuse, 1993-1994
  • Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Colorado, 2000
  • BA, magna cum laude, Policy Studies, Syracuse University, 1995
  • Other:
  • Ranked 3rd Most Productive Criminologist in the World in a study by Ellen Cohn, PhD, and David Farrington, PhD, “Publication Productivity of Criminologists,” Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2014
  • Recipient, Best Paper Award from Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice for “Violence and Externalizing Behavior among Youth in the United States: Is There a Severe 5%?,” 2014
  • Recipient, Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research, Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2014
  • Recipient, James L. Maddex Paper of the Year for Best Paper Published in Criminal Justice Review, 2010
  • Provided testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing “Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons and Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism,” Nov. 6, 2013
  • PhD thesis was titled “1000 Criminal Careers: Explaining Habitual Criminal Offending”
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?