In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.

M. Angelou

My mentoring takes on a variety of forms. Below highlights some of the wonderful scholars that I have had the opportunity to formally mentor,  for example, via doctoral or master thesis supervision. 

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Co)-Supervisor

  • Dr. Jakob Ohme
  • Dr. Karin Fikkers
  • Dr. Ine Beyens

Doctoral Committee, (Co)-Promoter/Supervisor, University of Amsterdam

Doctoral Committee, External Member

  • Lara Schreurs, In Progress, Can social media literacy contribute to adolescents’ mental wellbeing? Developing a conceptual framework for the socialization of social media literacy and its role in mitigating adversarial social media effects, KU Leuven. Role: External expert scholar.
  • Nils Holmberg, December 2016, Effects of Online Advertising on Children’s Visual Attention and Task Performance During Free and Goal-Directed Internet Use, Lund University. Role: Faculty Opponent

Master Student Supervision, University of Amsterdam

  • Matteo Rinaldi, January 2020, Brain-training games and metacognitive development: the effect of a modelling agent [Research Master degree]
  • Anoushé Dastmaltschi, June 2019, Guilty Pleasure Television: Can multiscreening curb guilt? [Master degree]
  • Selam Habtemariam, June 2019, Moral Media: Can Media Prime Tweens Moral Intuitions? [Research Master degree]
  • Karla Hernandez Zaldivar, February 2019, Defining and Predicting Marathon Viewing [Master degree]
  • Hande Çorapcioğlu, February 2019, How digital literacy influences the effectiveness of workplace social media [Master degree]
  • Leslie Wheeler, February 2019, Making an influencer [Master degree]
  • Ramona Nouse, June 2018, #MeToo: The Motivations behind Hashtag Activism [Master degree]
  • Kelly Hrechdakian, June 2018, Virtual Reality, Authentic Empathy, and Experienced Presence [Master degree]
  • Daniella Janis, June 2018, Gender Stereotypes in Entertainment Media. [Master degree]
  • Brandi Burgus, February 2018, Finding and Redefining Finstagram: Multiple Instagram Account Use among Emerging Adults. [Master degree]
  • Maren Scheffler, June 2017, The Power of Minecraft. [Research Master degree]
  • Keren Kurlander, anticipated completion January 2017, Moral media? How exposure to morally ambiguous media influences the moral judgement of adolescents and emerging adults. [Research Master degree]
  • Tara Kaldenbach, February 2016, Bridging content & child characteristics: The role of epistemic curiosity in children’s learning from educational television and apps. [Research Master degree]
  • Laurian Meester, June 2015, Can apps support children’s creativity? The role of individual and stimuli characteristics in predicting effects. [Research Master degree]
  • Anna Diamessis, October 2014, The association of educational media use and parent mediation on preschoolers’ language development.
  • Maria Athanasopoulou, May 2014, Combatting the thin ideal: The effect of average-sized television characters on body satisfaction and self-esteem of young women
  • Claudia Schwenk, May 2013, Cyber relationships: A qualitative study investigation of online dating motives among emerging adults
  • Janice Sanches da Veiga, May 2013, What are television shows teaching teens about sexual identity? A content-analysis of Dutch teenagers’ favorite shows

BA Thesis Supervision, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

  • Fashina Aladé, May 2011, To sing or not to sing: The use of musical interstitials in educational television for preschoolers