Chris Ferguson is a professor of psychology at Stetson University near Orlando, Florida. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida and is licensed as a psychologist. His research work has focused extensively on media effects ranging from body image to suicide contagion, with the majority of it focused on video game effects. In addition to his work on violence in games, he recently has conducted several studies looking at the impact of sexualized representations of women in games. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He coauthored a book on video game controversies: Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong as well as a novel, Suicide Kings. He lives in Orlando with his wife and son.
Selected academic publications /media publications:
Ferguson, C. J. (in press). Violent video games, Sexist video games and the law: Why can’t we find effects? Annual Review of Law and Social Science.
Ferguson, C. J. (in press). The devil wears Stata: Thin-ideal media’s minimal contribution to our understanding of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders. Archives of Scientific Psychology.
Ferguson, C.J. & Donnellan, M.B. (2017). Are associations between “sexist” video games and decreased empathy toward women robust? A reanalysis of Gabbiadini et al. 2016. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 6(12), 2446-2459.
Ferguson, C.J., & Colwell, J. (2017) Understanding why scholars hold different views on the influences of video games on public health. Journal of Communication, 67(3), 305-327.
Ferguson, C. J. (2015). Do angry birds make for angry children? A meta-analysis of video game Influences on children’s and adolescents’ aggression, mental health, prosocial behavior and academic performance. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 646-666.