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Michael G. Vaughn, PhD Biography

Professor of Social Work at Saint Louis 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, Douglas A. Gentile, Craig A. Anderson, and Jeffrey J. Shook, “Violent Video Games, Delinquency, and Youth Violence: New Evidence,” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Oct. 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Professor of Social Work, Saint Louis University, 2013-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Criminal Justice, 2013-present
  • Fellow, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas at Austin, 2008-present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center on Violence and Injury Prevention, Washington University, 2010-2014
  • Associate Professor of Social Work, Saint Louis University, 2011-2013
  • Assistant/Associate Editor, Journal of Adolescence, 2010-2013
  • Assistant Professor of Social Work, Saint Louis University, 2008-2011
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2008-2010
  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2005-2008
  • Former Faculty Associate, Center on Education and Substance Abuse Research, University of Pittsburgh
  • Former Faculty Associate, Center on Race and Social Problems, University of Pittsburgh
  • Case Manager/Case Worker, Division of Family Services, State of Missouri, Mar. 1990-Sep. 1994
  • Youth Coordinator, Division of Recreation, City of St. Louis, Jan. 1989-Dec. 1989
  • Education:
  • PhD, Social Sciences and Social Work, Washington University, 2005
  • MA, Liberal Studies, Regis University, 2001
  • MA, Criminology, University of Missouri, 1994
  • BSc, Criminal Justice and Anthropology, Truman State University, 1988
  • Other:
  • Recipient, Annual Research Award for Top Professor, College for Public Health and Social Justice, 2015
  • Recipient, Best Paper Award from Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice for “Violence and Externalizing Behavior Among Youth in the United States: Is There a Severe 5%?,” 2014
  • Recipient, Annual Office of Research Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research, Saint Louis University, 2012
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?