- Ph.D., 1991, West Virginia University, Developmental Psychology
- M.S., 1981, Eastern Kentucky University, Clinical Psychology
- B.S., 1979, Eastern Kentucky University, Psychology, cum laude
Research interests in my lab include media, aggression, and gender. My lab examines the potentially positive impact of video game play on working memory and problem solving and the impact of relational aggression on college women. I also have interest in the impact of sexual and/or violent visual media (e.g., TV shows, advertisements) on a variety of dependent measures. Also, in a departure from my usual research topics, I'm working on a study with Dr. Todd McElroy where we are examining gender differences in the experience of regret.
Representative Publications (*student collaborator)
Ballard, M. E., *Visser, K. E., & *Jocoy, K. (2012) Social Context and Video Game Play: Impact on Cardiovascular, Affective, and Cognitive Responses. Mass Communication and Society, 15, 875-898. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2011.632106
Ballard, M. E. (2011). Video Game Play, Behavior, and Dietary Health. In V. R. Preedy, R. R. Watson, & C. R. Martin (Eds.), Handbook of behavior, food, and nutrition (pp. 2169-2181). New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-92271-3_138
Ballard, M. E., *Gray, M. A., *Reilly, J. & *Noggle, M. (2009). Correlates of Video Game Screen Time among Males: Body Mass, Physical Activity, and Other Media Use. Eating Behaviors, 10, 161-167.
*Griggs, M. S., Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman,T. J., Kidder-Ashley, P. & Ballard, M. (2009). Student-Teacher Relationships Matter: Moderating Influences Between Temperament and Preschool Social Competence. Psychology in the School, 46, 553-567.
*Hamby, R. H., & Ballard, M. E. (2006). Gun Peripherals and Video Game Play: Is there a Weapons-Priming Effect? Scientific Journals International: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1). http://www.scientificjournals.org/articles/1007.htm.
Ballard, M. E., *Hamby, R. H., *Panee, C. D., & *Nivens, E.E. (2006). Repeated Exposure to Video Game Play Results in Decreased Blood Pressure Responding. Media Psychology, 8, 323-341.
Teaching and Research Awards
- College of Arts and Sciences, Nominated, Donald W. Sink Outstanding Scholar Award, 2004
- College of Arts and Sciences. Nominated, Outstanding Advisor Award, 2003
- College of Arts and Sciences, Nominated, Donald W. Sink Outstanding Scholar Award, 2002
- College of Arts and Sciences, Nominated, Outstanding Advisor Award, 1999
- Appalachian State University Sororities, Chosen as one of Appalachian's finest faculty members, 1998
- Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher Award, Nominated, 1997
- Appalachian State University Sororities, Chosen as one of Appalachian's finest faculty members, 1997
- College of Arts and Sciences, Nominated, Outstanding Teacher Award, 1996
- Inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers, 1995
URC Fall Competition – 2007 – Walker Graduate School - $4700 – Funded