Last updated on: 4/28/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Victor Strasburger, MD Biography

Title:
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“[E]ffects from playing violent video games have been shown for (a) increased aggressive behavior, (b) hostile affect, (c) physiological arousal, (d) aggressive cognitions, and (e) reductions in prosocial behavior, possibly from desensitization… In video games, the process of identification with the aggressor, active participation, repetitive actions, a hostile virtual reality, and reinforcement for aggressive actions are all strong mechanisms for the learning and retention of aggressive behaviors and attitudes.”

Cowritten with Ed Donnerstein, “The New Media of Violent Video Games: Yet Same Old Media Problems?,” Clinical Pediatrics, Aug. 22, 2013

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:
  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 2015-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Minerva Pediatrica, 2000-present
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine (with tenure), University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1997-present
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 1989-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Clinical Pediatrics, 1989-present
  • Founding Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1987-2014
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics (with tenure), University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1987-1997
  • Visiting Lecturer in Pediatrics, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London (UK), 1986-1987
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University, 1983-1986
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1983-1986
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University, 1979-1983
  • Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, 1978-1979
  • Fellow, Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Medical Center, July 1978-June 1979
  • Registrar in Pediatrics, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London (UK), July 1977-Jan. 1978
  • Education:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1975
  • BA, summa cum laude, English Literature, Yale University, 1971
  • Other:
  • Board certified in both adolescent medicine and pediatrics
  • First Visiting Professor of the Council on Communications and Media at the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Recipient, Adele Delenbaugh Hofmann Lifetime Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000
  • First Recipient, Holroyd-Sherry Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media and Public Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?