Dr. Jessica Taylor Piotrowski (Ph.D, 2010, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) is an Associate Professor in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. She is the Director of the Center for research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CcaM) at ASCoR as well as the Vice Chair / Chair Elect of the Children, Adolescents, and the Media division of the International Communication Association. She is also the program group leader for the Youth & Media Entertainment group at ASCoR where she directs the Entertainment Communication Master's degree program.
Her research investigates how children process and comprehend media content, with specific attention to the potential cognitive and socio-emotional benefits of media. She is currently a co-investigator on the project, The Entertainization of Childhood, where is she is investigating the longitudinal outcomes associated with healthy media use on children's development. She is also co-supervising a new doctoral program looking at the educational potential of apps for young children.
Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Dr. Piotrowski worked as a Research Associate in the Media & the Developing Child research group at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. She also worked as a Research Fellow for the Children’s Media Lab at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she directed several experimental investigations of children’s learning from television.
Dr. Piotrowski frequently speaks at academic and trade conferences on the role of media in the lives of young people today. She is the co-author (with P.M. Valkenburg) of the forthcoming book Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth (Yale University Press, 2017) and regularly publishes in communication, psychology, and education journals.