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Steven J. Kirsh

Professor of Psychology
Bailey 139

Drop-In Office Hours

MWF 12:30-1:10; F 10-11

No appointment necessary!

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, 1993, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Selected Publications

  • Kirsh, S. J. (2019). Parenting in the zombie apocalypse: The psychology of raising children in a time of horror. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.

    Kirsh, S. J., Duffy, K. G., & Atwater, E. (2014). Psychology for living: Adjustment, growth, and behavior today (11th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

    Kirsh, S. J. (2012). Children, adolescents, and media violence: A critical look at the research (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    Kirsh, S. J. (2010). Media and youth: A developmental perspective. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers Inc.

Recently Taught

  • - HONR 203: Developmental Disney
    - HONR 203: Parents vs. Zombies
    - PSYC 100: Introductory Psychology
    - PSYC 215: Child Development
    - PSYC 321: Children and the Media
    - PSYC 321: Children, Adolescents, & Media Violence
    - PSYC 452: Attachment
    - PSYC 452: Media Psychology
    - PSYC 452: Media Violence


  • PSYC 100: Introductory Psychology

    An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and cognitive processes. Topics include the biological basis of behavior, perception, learning, memory, thinking, human development, emotion, psychological disorders and social psychology.

  • PSYC 321: Dev Psych: Media & Youth

    An advanced course examining particular developmental domains or issues, with an emphasis on evaluation of contemporary research. Typical offerings include topics in cognitive development, social development, and applied developmental psychology.

  • PSYC 452: Adv Res in Psych:Media Effects

    A selected-topic seminar that integrates, at an advanced level, a particular content area with its appropriate literature, research methods, and statistics. In the course of study of the selected issue, students review literature, design research, collect data, analyze and interpret results, and produce both oral and written reports.