Charles "Chad" Mahood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication

Charles Mahood


Dr. Chad Mahood received his B.A. from the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University. He majored in Advertising with a minor in Psychology. He received his M.A. in Media Studies from the same College at Penn State. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from the Department of Communication at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

His primary research interest deals with the social-psychological effects of playing video games. A growing literature in this area has demonstrated a link between violent video game play and aggression. His work has focused on going beyond this general link in three ways: (1) examining several important interaction variables in the game play context (e.g., frustration, expertise, etc.), (2) exploring how narrative involvement (i.e., getting wrapped-up in a game's storyline) influences the effects of violence, and (3) determining when non-aggressive outcomes, even cathartic relief of anger, are possible.

Dr. Mahood has published peer-reviewed articles in several journals, including the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Mass Communication & Society, Health Communication, the Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, and Sex Roles. Dr Mahood has also had several competitively-selected conference papers accepted by the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Prior to his current position at UTSA, Dr. Chad Mahood was an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University (2006 – 2011). He also served as a graduate student Teaching Assistant and then as a Teaching Associate at the University of California at Santa Barbara (2000-2006), as well as a graduate student Research Assistant and then as a Teaching Assistant at Penn State (1998-2000).


  • New Media Technologies
  • Media Effects
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Communication Theory

Research Interests

  • New Media
  • Online Games


  • Ph.D. in Communication, University of California at Santa Barbara (2006)
  • M.A. in Media Studies, The Pennsylvania State University (2000)
  • B.A. in Advertising, The Pennsylvania State University (1997)

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials