Dr. Struthers is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he teaches courses on, among other topics, “Men and Addictions”. Dr. Struthers’ lab research interests are in the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral arousal and the processing of novel environments. His clinical research is in the area of compulsive sexuality and pornography use. In addition to this empirical work, Dr. Struthers’ theoretical research interests are in the areas of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality and personhood, and science/faith dialogue issues. Dr. Struthers has numerous publications and presentations to his credit, including:
- “Gaming Addiction” in Addictions and Substance Abuse
- “Pornography Addiction” in Addictions and Substance Abuse
- Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
- “Pornography Addiction and the Brain: It’s Destructive Nature and How To Overcome It”
- “What’s the Harm? The Impact of Pornography on Adolescent Brain Development” (presented to the British Parliament, House of Commons)
Dr. Struthers married his wife in 1993 and they have been blessed with three children. Dr. Struthers was born in Chicago but spent his adolescent and teen years in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northwestern Pennsylvania. He is an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams (Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates) and is known in the department for his love of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings. He also is rumored to have been in an ’80s cover band (complete with a mullet) during his college years. When he finds time, he enjoys reading comic books and listening to glam-rock, hair bands from the eighties.
Dr. Struthers earned a BA in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan and an MA and Ph.D in Biopsychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.