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Steven J. Kirsh

Professor of Psychology
Bailey 139
Portrait of Steven Kirsh

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.


  • - HONR 203: Developmental Disney
    - HONR 203: Parents vs. Zombies
    - HONR 203: Supers: Heroes & Villains (SP '23)
    - PSYC 100: Introductory Psychology
    - PSYC 215: Child Development
    - PSYC 321: Children and the Media
    - PSYC 321: Children, Adolescents, & Media Violence
    - PSYC 390: The Psychology of Horror (FA '22)
    - 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 390: SelTop: Psychology of Horror

    An in-depth study of a selected topic in psychology, chosen to allow an integrated consideration of the topic from the points of view of various approaches to psychological inquiry. Examples may include: The Nature-Nurture Question; Approaches to Understanding Aggression; Great Ideas in Psychology; or other topics.