Honors & Awards

RESEARCH AWARDS & FUNDING

  • 2017

    Top Paper Award

    Top Paper Award (2017) from the Children, Adolescents, and the Media Division of the International Communication Association. Awarded for paper: Which came first? Assessing transactional relationships between children’s violent media use and ADHD-related behaviors.

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    Research Funding

    Research Funding (2017) for the project “Assessing children’s media motivations” [together with R. Kühne]. Received from the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam.

  • 2016

    Research Funding

    Research Funding (2016) The attraction and power of Minecraft, KennisNet; Graduate School of Communication, University of Amsterdam

  • 2015

    Research Funding

    Research Funding (2015) for the open access publication of “Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth” [together with P.M. Valkenburg]. Received from Yale University Press.

  • 2014

    Research Funding

    Research Funding (2014) Can apps support children’s creativity?, Cinekid; Graduate School of Communication, University of Amsterdam

  • 2013

    Research Funding

    Research Funding (2013) for the doctoral project “There’s an App for That! Distinctive Features of Apps for Young Children”, Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam.

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    Young Scholars Travel Grant

    Young Scholars Travel Grant (2013, January) for research visit to Northwestern University, Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam.

  • 2012

    Top Paper Award

    Top Paper Award (2012) from the Children, Adolescents, and the Media Division of the International Communication   Association. Awarded for paper: How reduced narrative processing demands impact preschoolers’ comprehension of educational television.

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    Top Paper Award

    Top Paper Award (2012) from the Children, Adolescents, and the Media Division of the International Communication   Association. Awarded for paper: Background television in homes with young children.

  • 2006

    Top Paper Award

    Top Paper Award (2006) from the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Awarded for paper: The time-crunched family and preschool television: Is 24-hour television the answer?

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    Top Paper Award

    Top Paper Award (2006) from the Applied Communication Division of the Eastern Communication Association. Awarded for paper: Repeated viewings of Dora the Explorer and its influence on young children’s learning.

  • 2004-2009

    Full Tuition and Research Stipend

    Full Tuition and Research Stipend (2004-2009), from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • 2004

    George Gerbner Award

    George Gerbner Award (2004) from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Awarded for best senior honors thesis by an undergraduate student.

Teaching Honors

  • 2017

    Excellence in Teaching Award

    Excellence in Teaching Award (2017, June) for the highest evaluated elective in the Master program (course “Digital Media Lifestyles”), Graduate School of Communication, University of Amsterdam.

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    Nominee, Lecturer of the Year Award

    Nominee, Lecturer of the Year Award (2017, February) presented by the Student Council and the ASVA Student Union, University of Amsterdam.

  • 2016

    Excellence in Teaching Award

    Excellence in Teaching Award (2016, December) for commitment towards strengthening the relationship between education and communication practice, First Annual Thematic Award, Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam.

  • 2015

    Excellence in Teaching Award

    Excellence in Teaching Award (2015, June) for the highest evaluated elective in the Master program (course “Digital Media Across the Lifespan”), Graduate School of Communication, University of Amsterdam.

  • 2013

    Excellence in Teaching Award

    Excellence in Teaching Award (2013, December) for the course “Digital Media Across the Lifespan”, Graduate School of Communication, University of Amsterdam.

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    Excellence in Teaching Award

    Excellence in Teaching Award (2013, June) for the course “Persuasion & Resistance”, Graduate School of Communication, University of Amsterdam.

  • 2010

    Annenberg Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship

    Annenberg Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship (2010), from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • 2007

    Nominee, Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching

    Nominee, Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2007) from the College of Arts & Science, University of Pennsylvania. Nominated for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

  • 2005

    James D. Woods Award

    James D. Woods Award (2005) from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Awarded for outstanding teaching by a graduate student.