Brad Bushman

Brad Bushman

Brad Bushman

Brad J. Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, and a professor of communication science at the VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the summer.


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  • Causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human


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

Brad J. Bushman is a professor of communication The Ohio State University.   He has studied aggression and violence for over 30 years. He was a member of President Obama’s gun violence committee. He co-chaired two youth violence reports following school shootings that were distributed to Congress. He has received three awards from the American Psychological Association: (1) Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology Award 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, (2) the Kurt Lewin Award for “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action” in 2017, and (3) 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” in 2022. His research has challenged several myths (e.g., guns make people safer; venting reduces anger). His colleague calls him the "myth buster." He has published over 250 articles that have been cited over 60,000 times.