Kevin Haninger, Ph.D.
Kevin Haninger received his Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University in 2006. As part of the Kids Risk Project, Dr. Haninger researches the content and ratings of video games. Dr. Haninger received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study methodological and ethical issues in valuing health, including applications to children. He graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1999, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Dr. Haninger also studied health policy and ethics as a visiting student at New College, Oxford University prior to entering the doctoral program at Harvard. He is an avid gamer who manages a World of Warcraft guild. After leaving Harvard he took at post-doctoral position at Wharton.


Thompson KM, Tepichin K, Haninger K. Content and ratings of mature-rated video games. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2006; 160:402-410.

Haninger K, Thompson, KM. Content and ratings of teen-rated video games. Journal of the American Medical Association 2004;291(7):856-865.

Haninger K, Ryan MS, Thompson KM. Violence in teen-rated video games. Medscape General Medicine 2004(March 11);6(1). (Available at:

Thompson KM, Haninger K. Violence in E-rated video games. Journal of the American Medical Association 2001;286(5):591-598. See related letter at: Journal of the American Medical Association 2001;286(16):1972.

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