Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh
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, Douglas A. Gentile, and Craig A. Anderson, "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:
Member, Academic Review Panel, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 2012-present
Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2011-present
Affiliated Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, 2011-present
Chair, Society for Social Work and Research Criminal Justice Abstract Selection Committee, 2009-present
Abstract Reviewer, Society for Social Work and Research, Annual Meeting, 2009-present
Affiliated Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
Affiliated Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, 2007-2011
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2005-2011
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2004-2005
PhD, Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan, 2004
Masters of Social Work (MSW), University of Michigan, 1999
JD, cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law, 1996