Stetson University

Christopher Ferguson

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology

Christopher Ferguson holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida. He has clinical experience particularly in working with offender and juvenile justice populations as well as conducting evaluations for child protective services. His research interests include examining the effects of media on behavior, such as video game violence, thin-ideal media or advertising effects. In 2013 he was awarded a Distinguished Early Career Professional Award from Division 46 (media psychology and technology) of the American Psychological Association. In addition to his academic work he has published a historical mystery novel entitled Suicide Kings. He lives in Winter Springs with his wife and young son.


  • Ph.D., University of Central Florida
  • M.S., Florida International University
  • B.A., psychology, Stetson University

Course Topics

  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Media and Behavior
  • Internship

Research Interests

  • Video game and other media violence effects
  • Thin-ideal media and body dissatisfaction in girls and women
  • Advertising effects on health eating choices
  • Meta-analysis
  • Violent criminal behavior

Selected Publications

  • Ferguson, C. J. and Olson, C. K. (in press). Video game violence use among "vulnerable" populations: The impact of violent games on delinquency and bullying among children with clinically elevated depression or attention deficit symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Elson, M. and Ferguson, C. J. (in press). Gun violence and media effects: Challenges for science and public policy. British Journal of Psychiatry.
  • Ferguson, C. J. and Donnellan, M. B. (in press). Is the association between children's baby video viewing and poor language development robust? A reanalysis of Zimmerman, Christakis and Meltzoff (2007). Developmental Psychology.
  • Elson, M. and Ferguson, C. J. (in press). Twenty-five years of research on violence in digital games and aggression: Empirical evidence, perspectives, and a debate gone astray. European Psychologist.
  • Ferguson, C. J., Munoz, M. E., Garza, A. and Galindo, M. (in press). Concurrent and prospective analyses of peer, television and social media influences on body dissatisfaction, eating disorder symptoms and life satisfaction in adolescent girls. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Negy, C., Ferguson, C. J., Galvanovskis, A. and Smither, R. (in press). Predicting violence: A cross-national study of United States and Mexican young adults. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
  • Ferguson, C. J., Olson, C. K., Kutner, L. A. and Warner, D. E. (in press). Violent video games, catharsis-seeking, bullying and delinquency: A multivariate analysis of effects. Crime and Delinquency.
  • Jerabeck, J. M. and Ferguson, C. J. (2013). The influence of solitary and cooperative violent video game play on aggressive and prosocial behavior. Computers in Human Behavior 29(6), 2573-2578.
  • Ferguson, C. J., Salmond, K. and Modi, K. (2013). Reality TV predicts both positive and negative outcomes for adolescent girls. Journal of Pediatrics, 162, 1175-1180.
  • Ferguson, C. J. (2013). Violent video games and the Supreme Court: Lessons for the scientific community in the wake of Brown v. EMA. American Psychologist, 68(2), 57-74.

Christopher Ferguson

Faculty Expert

  • Media violence
  • Video game violence
  • Violent crime
  • Media and body dissatisfaction/eating disorders

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