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Steven J. Kirsh

Professor of Psychology
Bailey 139
Steven Kirsh has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1997.

Office Hours

MWF 12:30–1:10 pm; F 10–11 am, or by appointment

Research Interests

  • The effects of violent media on social information processing


Portrait of Steven Kirsh

Curriculum Vitae


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

  • M.S., Developmental Psychology, 1990, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

  • B.S., Psychology, 1988, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Recent Courses Taught

  • Parents vs. Zombies

  • Introductory Psychology

  • Child Development

  • Children and the Media

  • Advanced Research: Media Psychology

  • Advanced Research: Media Violence

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.


  • 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. Offered every semester

  • PSYC 215: S/Child Development

    An overview of the nature and course of human development from conception through childhood. Topics include physical, perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and personality development. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 or INTD 203. (INTD 203 may be taken as a corequisite.) Offered every semester

  • PSYC 452: Adv Res Psyc:Media Violence

    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. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Basic Requirements and at least three 300-level Psychology courses. Selected topics may have additional prerequisites. Offered every semester.