Dr. Jessica Taylor Piotrowski has been named the new director of CcaM. Professor Patti Valkenburg will continue to be an active member of CcaM in her role as Founding Director.

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski is a Faculty member at the  Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR at the University of Amsterdam. Piotrowski's line of research focuses on how healthy media content can translate to academic or prosocial outcomes for children. She is particularly interested in the unique affordances of digital media for young children. Piotrowski is also a member of Valkenburg’s longitudinal project “The Entertainization of Childhood” where she is investigating how media content can support children’s cognitive development and prosocial behavior.

As part of her new responsibilities, Piotrowski will be working to heighten the international visibility of the research initiatives housed within CcaM as well as encouraging a close dialogue between CcaM and the children’s media industry.

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