Patti Valkenburg scaledProfessor Patti Valkenburg, University Professor of Youth, Media, and Society at the University of Amsterdam, is the recipient of the International Communication Association’s 2016 Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement award.

This award will be presented on June 11th at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association in Fukuoka, Japan. This prestigious award is awarded annually to a communication scientist in recognition of his/her sustained contribution to the field and the long-term significance of the recipient’s scholarship.

The jury committee praised the great influence of Professor Valkenburg’s scholarship – noting her extensive and innovative work in all areas of communication science, and in particular, youth and media. Valkenburg was one of the first researchers in the field to combine theories from various disciplines to develop a model which explains how and why individuals differ in their sensitivity to media effects.  She has published more than 160 articles, six books, and 40 book chapters. She is one of the most cited communication scientists within and outside Europe. 

Congratulations, Patti, on this well-deserved recognition!

Quote from the jury report:

'With a corpus of 160 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals in communication, psychology, and pediatrics; with 6 books, and over 40 book chapters and encyclopedia entries, she is one of the most prolific and influential authors in the discipline. Prof. Valkenburg’s research has generated theoretical and paradigmatic breakthroughs for media effects and communication research beyond the field of youth and media, offering considerable direction for communication as a field.'