Patti M. Valkenburg is Distinguished University Professor of Media, Youth, and Society. Her research interests include children's development as media consumers, and the cognitive, emotional, and social effects of media and technologies on children and adolescents.
Valkenburg received her MSc (1992, cum laude) and PhD (1995, cum laude) from Leiden University. In 2010 she was awarded with an Advanced grant from the European Research Council, which is the highest European scientific recognition. She has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles, 5 books, and 35 book chapters. In 2011, she was awarded the Spinoza award, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands. In 2016, she received the Steven Chaffee Career Achievement award from the International Communication Association (ICA).
Valkenburg is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. She is associate editor of Human Communication Research and a member of the editorial boards of five other journals in her field. She is the founding chair of the first international academic division Children, Adolescents, and the Media within the International Communication Association.
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