Laura Vandenbosch (Ph.D, 2013, Leuven School for Mass Communication Research, University of Leuven) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CcaM) at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. The relationship between media and well-being is the core subject of her research, leading to publications in several fields including developmental psychology, sexology, body image, social relationships and communication theory. Her PhD project 'Self-objectification and sexual effects of the media: an exploratory study in adolescence' aimed to contribute to our knowledge of the processes through which exposure to media may affect adolescents' sexual attitudes and behaviors. Currently, she is involved in a research project with Professor Jochen Peter where she is investigating how pornographic media use may relate to sexual well-being by focusing on factors that have not been understood well, such as the response states to pornographic media use.
Throughout the years, she had built an international network by spending periods abroad at, for instance, the Department of Psychology of the University of Michigan. Her work has led to several awards including the Top Dissertation Award from the Children, Adolescents and Media (CAM) Division of the International Communication Association (2013) and the 2013 Top Article Award, Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap