About Me

• Listen to my Why Am I So Angry? interview with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent — Dr. Sanjay Gupta (28:26)
• Watch me on Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” (2:11)
• Watch my TEDx talk on “Hangry” = Hungry + Angry (18:56)
• Read one of my Psychology Today articles (> 800,000 reads)
• Read one of my The Conversation articles (> 275,000 reads)


Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University
School of Communication
3016 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: +1 (614) 688 – 8779
Email: bushman.20@osu.edu
Twitter: @BradJBushman
Skype: bjbushman

Curriculum Vitae: CV
Google Scholar citations: > 60,000 citations (h-index = 106, which means that 106 of my publications have at least 106 citations – ranked #2 in communication, #335 in psychology, and #5528 across all disciplines; i10-index = 241, which means that 241 of my publications have at least 10 citations. (Over 95% of my publications have at least 10 citations.)
ResearchGate > 725,000 reads (research interest score > 99%)
Social Psychology Network page: > 100,000 visits (rank #24)
Psychwire profile
ORCID: 0000-0002-1266-510


Ph.D (Psychology), 1989, University of Missouri
M.A. (Statistics), 1990, University of Missouri
M.A. (Psychology), 1987, University of Missouri
M.Ed. (Secondary Education), 1985, Utah State University
B.S. (Psychology), 1984, Weber State University


Courses Taught

Communication in Society (COMM 1100)
Social Psychology (PSYCH 3325)
Violence in Society and Violence in the Media (COMM 3442)
Meta-Analysis (COMM 7715)


Quick Introduction

I received my Ph.D. in psychology in 1989 from the University of Missouri. I am a professor of communication at The Ohio State University (ranked #1 in the United States and #2 in the world), where I hold the Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication. Previously, I was a professor at Iowa State University (1990-2003) and the University of Michigan (2003-2010). I am a visiting professor at the University of Luxembourg (2015-present). Previously, I was a visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2005-2018) and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology (2005). For over 30 years I have studied the causes, consequences, and cures to the problem of human aggression and violence. I am the Executive Secretary for the International Society for Research on Aggression (2022-2026).  In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, I co-chaired an advisory committee to the National Science Foundation on youth violence. Our committee published a report that was distributed to each member of Congress; I testified before Congress on that report (testimony). I was a member of President Obama’s committee on gun violence. In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, I co-chaired a committee that wrote a report on youth violence for the International Society for Research on Aggression. My colleagues and I received an Ig Nobel prize for our research showing that that the “beer goggles” work both ways (i.e., drunk people also think they are more attractive) in 2013. I received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology Award from the American Psychological Association for producing a “sustained body of work that has had a major impact on the public and the profession of media psychology and technology” in 2014. I received the Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action” in 2017. I gave the G. Stanley Hall Lecture, which is “the premiere lecture delivered by teachers of psychology,” at the American Psychological Association meeting in 2018. I received the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award “For his contributions to the integration of theory and practice in the field of conflict resolution as well as his prominent work on the causes, consequences, and cures to the problem of human aggression and violence, especially to end gun violence” from the American Psychological Association in 2022. I have published about 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been cited over 60,000 times. My research has challenged several myths (e.g., guns make people safer; venting anger reduces aggression; aggressive people suffer from low self-esteem; violence and sex sell products). One of my colleagues even calls me the “myth buster.” My research has been repeatedly funded by grants (e.g., CDCNSF, NIH), has been published in the top scientific and medical journals (e.g., Science, PNAS, JAMA), and has been featured extensively in the mass media (e.g., BBC, NPR, New York Times).


Take Home Message

After doing research on aggression and violence for over 30 years, I have concluded that the most harmful belief people can have is the belief that they are superior to others (e.g., their religion, race or ethnicity, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, political party or ideology, school, city, state, country, etc. is the best). This feeling of superiority can lead to mistreatment of others, which hurts society as a whole. Every person on this planet is part of the human family; no person is superior to any other person.