Karin Fikkers is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research ( ASCoR) and the Center for research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CcaM). She is a member of the Consortium of Individual Development, a consortium of seven Dutch universities that is interested in the question why some children thrive and others don't (www.individualdevelopment.nl). In this project, Karin works towards a better and more nuanced understanding of the role of media entertainment in children's lives.
Karin obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the Business Communication department of the Radboud University Nijmegen (2007), after which she graduated cum laude from the research master Language and Communication (Radboud University, University of Tilburg, 2010). Between 2011 and 2015, Karin conducted her PhD research at CcaM, in which she investigated the effects of media violence on aggression, specifically asking which adolescents are (most) susceptible. In February 2016, she obtained her PhD title cum laude after defending her dissertation titled “A different(ial) perspective: How social context influences the media violence-aggression relationship among early adolescents”.