Last updated on: 5/4/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Sandra L. Calvert, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Children's Digital Media Center at Georgetown University
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“Consistent with the literature that we reviewed, we found that violent video game exposure was associated with: an increased composite aggression score; increased aggressive behavior; increased aggressive cognitions; increased aggressive affect, increased desensitization, and decreased empathy; and increased physiological arousal. The size of the effects was similar to that in prior meta-analyses, suggesting a stable result.”

“The American Psychological Association Task Force Assessment of Violent Video Games: Science in the Service of Public Interest,” American Psychologist, Feb-Mar. 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Children’s Digital Media Center, Georgetown University, 2002-present
  • Professor, Psychology, Georgetown University, 1999-present
  • Fellow, American Pyschological Association, 1998-present
  • Member, Society for Research in Child Development, 1981-present
  • Member, Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation, 2013
  • Member, Advisory Board, Ready to Learn Grant, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2009
  • Member, Advisory Board for the Center on Media and Child Health, Harvard University, 2006
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University, 1992-1999
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University, 1987-1992
  • Assistant Professor of Child Development and Family Relations, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1982-1987
  • Predoctoral Trainee, Graduate Research Assistant, and Visiting Scholar, Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children, University of Kansas, 1977-1983
  • Education:
  • PhD, Developmental and Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 1982
  • MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 1977
  • BA, Psychology, magna cum laude, West Virginia University, 1974
  • Other:
  • Recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Applied/Public Policy Research Program Award from the International Communication Association
  • Advisor in the creation of the Children and Media Research Advancement Act (CAMRRA), Senator Joe Lieberman’s office, 2003-2009
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?