The Gaming Paradox: Violent Video Games, Video Modeling and ASD

Laurie Sperry

Yale University

Laurie Sperry, PhD, BCBA-D is an Assistant Clinical Faculty at Yale University. In addition to a PhD, and a degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral Level. In 2006 she was added to the Fulbright Scholarship’s Senior Specialist Roster for Autism. She moved to Australia in 2010 and worked at Griffith University in the Department of Arts, Education and Law. Her research focuses on people with ASD who come in contact with the criminal justice system to ensure their humane treatment within the system. She has served as a Special Interest Group Chairwoman at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) providing mentoring and leadership in the field of criminality and ASD. She has provided training to secure forensic psychiatric facility staff in England and presented at the International Conference for Offenders with Disabilities. She was an expert panelist at the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law conference where she spoke on Risk Assessment, Management and ASD. She has completed ADOS evaluations in prisons, has testified as an expert witness in sentencing hearings and has written amicus curiae briefs that have been considered before the state supreme court.


Background Following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut by a person with autism, there is an emerging body of research specifically focused on video game use in adolescents with ASD. Adolescents with ASD spend a... [ view full abstract ]

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Ethics Approval Statement: This research was approved by three ethics boards. Approval was obtained through the institutional review board (IRB) at Regis University, the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board, and the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Laurie Sperry (Yale University)

Topic Area

Topics: Research


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