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Bob Ridge, Associate Professor

Department: Psychology



Robert D. (Bob) Ridge, PhD, is an experimental social psychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Brigham Young University. He received his BS in psychology from BYU and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. His current research investigates the effects of violent media on human thought, feeling and behavior. He also investigates personal and situational factors associated with the perception and perpetration of sexual harassment and the effects of expectations on interpersonal interactions. In his spare time, he conducts jury research for law firms. He has expertise in experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational research methods, as well as in quantitative analytic strategies. He is currently the chair of the university Institutional Review Board.


  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 1993
  • BS, Brigham Young University, 1987

Research Interests

My students and I study the effects of violent media on people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. We are currently investigating how depictions of violent scenarios that end in reconciliation between the parties compare with depictions that result in violent retaliation. We are also conducting research investigating public perception of violent media as a risk factor for aggression. In a somewhat related vein, we study a particular type of aggression (sexual harassment) in opposite- and same-sex interactions. Much of our work focuses on adults, but we are expanding our research to study younger people.


  • Martin B. Hickman FHSS Innovation in Teaching Award, BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, 2015
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Psi Chi, 2002
  • Enabling Fellow, National Science Foundation, 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Publication Info

  • Sam A Hardy, Mike Steelman, Sarah Marie Coyne, Robert D Ridge (2013). Adolescent Religiosity as a Protective Factor against Pornography Use: The Mediating Roles of Self-Regulation, Pornography Attitudes, and Social Control. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.
  • Robert D Ridge, Jared A. Montoya (2013). Favorable Contact During Volunteer Service: Reducing Prejudice Toward Mexicans in the American Southwest. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
  • Sarah Marie Coyne, Dean M Busby, Brad Bushman, Douglas A Gentile, Robert D Ridge, Laura Stockdale (2012). Gaming in the game of love: Effects of video games on conflict in couples. Family Relations.
  • Sarah Marie Coyne, Robert D Ridge, McKay Stevens, Mark Alden Callister, Laura Stockdale (2012). Backbiting and bloodshed in books: Short term effects of reading physical and relational aggression in literature. British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Colin W Key, Robert D Ridge (2011). Guys Like Us: The Link Between Sexual Harassment Proclivity and Blame. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • John Masek, Robert D Ridge (2009). Identification of methods to achieve successful implementation of nonstructural and equipment seismic restraints.