Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology 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 Matt DeLisi, Michael G. Vaughn, Craig A. Anderson, and Jeffrey J. Shook, "Violent Video Games, Delinquency, and Youth Violence: New Evidence," Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Oct. 2012
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:
Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, Iowa State University, 2010-present
Expert Witness, adolescent/young adult bullying and murder trials, 2007-present
Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University (Australia), 2012
Extension Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 2010-2012
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University, 2003-2010
Director of Research, National Institute on Media and the Family, 1998-2009
Visiting Scholar, Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, 2007
Academic Staff, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 2000-2003
Research Associate, Anderson Niebuhr & Associates, 1995-1998
Graduate Assistant, University of Minnesota, 1989-1995
Was named one of the Best 300 Professors in the US by the Princeton Review, 2012
Recipient, Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2014
Recipient, Best Publication Silver Award, Annals, Academy of Medicine, 2010
Has given media interviews to a number of publications, including: New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Boston Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and TIME Magazine
Member, Board of Advisors, ParentsWare, 2013-present
Teaching Mentor, Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Mentorship Program, 2012-present
Member, Executive Council, International Society for Research on Aggression, 2012-present
Member, Board of Directors, Partnership for a Drug-Free Iowa/Face it Together, 2009-present
Member, Board of Advisors, Family Connections, KMSQ Public Television, 2008-present
Member, Board of Advisors, Action Coalition for Media Education, 2002-present
Member, Board of Directors, Turn Off the Violence, 1999-present
Member, Board of Advisors, Media Knowledge, Inc., 1999-2008