Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"[I]t is absolutely irrelevant whether crime rates fall or rise when violent video game playing increases, as gaming can only ever be one of a multitude of possible factors that contribute to violent crime trends...
[M]y conclusions after carefully examining the evidence for the impact of violent video games on players’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, are that commonly reported effects – short- and long-term increases in aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, and increases to hostile attitudes and beliefs – are demonstrated both on the balance of probabilities and beyond reasonable doubt.”
"Apples, Oranges, and the Burden of Proof – Putting Media Violence Findings Into Context: A Comment on Elson and Ferguson (2013)," European Psychologist, 2014
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:
Deputy Director, Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University (Australia), July 2009-present
Senior Lecturer of Developmental Psychology, Macquarie University (Australia), July 2009-present
Spokesperson, Australian Council for Children and the Media
Editor, Sharkwatch - The Australian Financial Counselling Journal
Advocate, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's Governing Council (Australia), 2006-2012
Advocate, Telstra Consumer Consultative Council Credit Management Working Group (Australia), 2002-2010
PhD, Psychology, Macquarie University (Australia), 2007
BPsych (Hons) (Bachelors of Psychology with Honors), Macquarie University (Australia), 2002