Dustin Weissman, Psy.D., is a 2017 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Dustin R. Weissman

Dissertation Committee:

  • Brett Kia-Keating, Ed.D., Committee Chair
  • Karen Lehman, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Nickolas Jordan, Ph.D., External Expert

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a substantial part of the multibillion dollar gaming industry. Millions of people of all ages across the globe engage in game play. With the average gamer logging 26.6 hours a week online instead of engaging in real world activities and responsibilities, this genre has created an international epidemic. In the last ten years the literature on this topic has gained interest and momentum. Researchers continue to explore the innumerable reaches of MMORPGs and how the gamer and their community are affected. The aim of this study was to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how the gamer relates to their world, both virtual and real, on a social level. The participants were gathered online mostly from within one particular MMORPG, Perfect World International. This study surveyed 103 participants with an online questionnaire. They were and given compensation in the form of virtual money. The electronic version of this dissertation is available free at Ohiolink ETD Center,


ORCID: 0000-0002-6099-3329


Dustin Weissman, M.A. sees clients in his private practice in Westlake Village, CA working as a psychological assistant where he specializes in internet addiction and men's issues. He is also the owner of Conejo Valley Tutoring and a Visiting Professor for DeVry University. He is currently developing an internet addiction treatment center in Southern California.


Weissman, D. (2016, May). Reducing stress and maintaining health. Workshop presented at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA.

Weissman, D. (2016, May). Stress management. Workshop presented at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA.

Weissman, D. (2016, November). Managing unpleasant emotions. Workshop presented at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA.

Weissman, D. (2016, October). Balancing school, family, & work. Workshop presented at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA.

Weissman, D., & Zendejas, D. (2012, June). The impact of grief and loss on the acute rehabilitation patient. Lecture presented at Northridge Hospital Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation, Northridge, CA.

Weissman, D. (2010, December). Prohibition of a gay couple to adopt in Florida. In re matter of adoption of XXG and NRG (pending case in Florida)-brief filed June 2009. Poster session presented at Antioch University Santa Barbara 4th Annual Scholars Day Program, Santa Barbara, CA.