Irene I. van Driel (PhD, 2017 Indiana University) 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 has studied processing of and responses to stereotyping in the media and the intersection of new media use, self-regulation and development. She is part of a research team working on an innovative, longitudinal project aiming to understand the mechanisms involved in the effects of social media use on the well-being of adolescents: Adolescents, Wellbeing and Social Media (project AWeSome).
Irene received a MSc in Neurosciences at the Free University Amsterdam and MA in Journalism and New Media at Leiden University and worked in the media industry previous to pursuing her PhD. She completed her dissertation Losing Control? The Influence of Contemporary Media Use on Self-regulation of Emotion, Cognition and Behavior (The Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington). During the final year of her PhD program she taught at the Department of Strategic Communication at Butler University through the Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship and stayed on as Visiting Assistant Professor through May 2018. Her interdisciplinary research has won awards from the International Communication Association (Top Faculty Paper award, 2018, sports interest group) and from the National Communication Association (Top Student Paper Award, 2015, Mass Communication division).