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Patrick Markey, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Patrick Markey, PhD Patrick Markey, PhD

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Villanova University


Patrick Markey, PhD, is an expert on how violent video games affect behavior and relationship issues.



Patrick Markey, PhD Publication




Expert: Video games don't trigger violence Violent video game play and violence. Is there a connection? (March 2018) Do violent video games cause acts of violence? (March 2018) Do video games make you violent? (July 2018)



Areas of Expertise (8)

Video Games

Violent Video Games

Online Interactions

Body Image

Romantic Relationships

Sexual Behaviors

The Interpersonal Circumplex



Often cited in popular media for insights into his two areas of research: how violent video games affect behavior; and relationship issues, Dr. Markey is a great source for stories that delve into interpersonal behaviors. He directs Villanova's Interpersonal Research Laboratory which seeks to understand how behavioral tendencies develop and are expressed within social relationships. Research in the lab examines how interpersonal behaviors affect unhealthy dieting, civic behavior, personality judgment, and aggression after playing violent video games.

Education (3)

University of California, Riverside: PhD

University of California, Riverside: MA

California State University, Fullerton: BA

Affiliations (7)

  • Interpersonal Research Laboratory
  • Society of Interpersonal Theory and Research
  • News Media, Public Education and Public Policy Committee
  • Journal of Research in Personality (Editorial Board Member)
  • Assessment (Editorial Board Member)
  • Journal of Personality (Editorial Board Member)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Grant Reviewer)

Select Media Appearances (4)

Walmart pulls violent game displays but will still sell guns

The Associated Press  


Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University who focuses on video games, found in his research that men who commit severe acts of violence actually play violent video games less than the average male.

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World Health Organization says video game addiction is a disease. Why American psychiatrists don’t

The Washington Post  


“Video game addiction might be a real thing,” psychologists Patrick M. Markey of Villanova University and Christopher J. Ferguson of Stetson University wrote in a commentary accompanying that study. “But it is not the epidemic that some have made it out to be.”

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The ‘Active Shooter’ video game horrified Parkland parents. It was pulled before release.

The Washington Post  


That is much lower than the 70 percent of male high school students who show interest in those types of games, said Patrick Markey, a Villanova University psychology professor and co-author of “Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong.” “Kids who are psychologically healthy tend to do things their peers do,” Markey told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “It’s a sign of health and normal for kids to play violent video games whether parents like it or not.”

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Salon Talks - Interview with Patrick Markey



The psychology of video games. Patrick Markey, author of “Moral Combat” joins Salon to discuss reframing the national conversation around violent video games.

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Select Academic Articles (5)

Internet Gaming Addiction: Disorder or Moral Panic?

The American Journal of Psychiatry

Markey, P. M., & Ferguson, C. J.


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Evaluating circumplex structure in the Interpersonal Scales for the NEO-PI-3


Louie, J. F., Kurtz, J. E., & Markey, P. M.


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Does Sexy Media Promote Teen Sex? A Meta-Analytic and Methodological Review

Psychiatric Quarterly.

Ferguson, C.J., Nielsen, R.K.L., & Markey, P.M.


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Dissimilarity in physical attractiveness within romantic dyads and mate retention behaviors

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Joshua R. Oltmanns, Patrick M. Markey, and Juliana E. French


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The pivotal role of psychology in a comprehensive theory of obesity

Health Psychology Open

Charlotte N. Markey, Kristin J August, Lindzee C. Bailey, Patrick M Markey, and Christopher S. Nave


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