Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson, an associate professor of psychology at Texas A & M International University, will serve as the Virginia Tech Gaming and Media Effects Research Laboratory's "Virtual Guest Scholar" this year, leading off the lab's Spring 2011 Video Game Research Lunchtime Colloquium Series with a presentation via teleconference from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, 23 February.  Dr. Ferguson's presentation, titled "Going ‘Postal:’ Youth Violence Predicted by Depression and Antisocial Traits, not Video Game Violence," will be hosted in 1000 Torgersen Hall and is open to the public. 

Dr. Ferguson is an associate professor of psychology at Texas A&M International University. He is licensed as a psychologist in Texas and often conducts evaluations for Child Protective Services. He recently served as guest editor for the American Psychological Association journal Review of General Psychology’s special issue on video games. Last year, he organized scholars from several academic fields in the submission of an amici curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the Court’s review of a California law restricting the sale of violent video games. He lives in Laredo, Texas, with his wife and young son.

Other presentations in the G.A.M.E.R. Lab's Spring 2011 Video Game Research Lunchtime Colloquium Series will be held in 043 Shanks Hall on 6 April and 27 April.  See http://gamerlab.org for more information about the series, or contact colloquium convener James D. Ivory ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with questions.