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Portrait Kathrin Karsay

Dr. Kathrin Karsay

Communication Scientist

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna (Austria). I dedicate my professional life to exploring, researching, and sharing knowledge on how to successfully navigate the mediated world we live in.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

Gell, S., Engel, E., Heiss, R., & Karsay, K. (2023). Social media influencers and adolescents’ health: A scoping review of the research field. Social Science & Medicine, 116387. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.116387

Noon, E., Maes, C., Karsay, K., & Vandenbosch, L. (2023). Making the Good Better? Investigating the Long-Term Associations Between Capitalization on Social Media and Adolescents’ Life Satisfaction. Media Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2023.2227941

Matthes, J., Stevic, A., Koban, K., Thomas, M. F., Forrai, M., & Karsay, K. (2023). Fear of Missing Out, Reflective Smartphone Disengagement, and Loneliness in Late Adolescents. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 26(10), 731-738. http://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2023.0014

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CURRICULUM VITAE

I started my academic journey at the University of Vienna, where I obtained my doctoral degree in 2018. I worked as a pre- and post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Communication until I went on maternity leave in 2019.

 

I then found my way to Belgium, first as a post-doctoral fellow funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Later on, I worked as an Assistant Professor  for Media and Health Communication at the School for Mass Communication at KU Leuven. Since September 2023, I am an Assistant Professor for Entertainment Research at the University of Vienna.

My research interests focus on the effects of entertaining digital and mass media on the societal and individual level. I have received several awards and grants for my research, with projects and publications that you can learn more about below.

I'm currently involved in three research areas: (1) challenges and effects of mobile connectivity and digital disconnection in everyday life, (2) risks and benefits of mental health discussions on social media, and (3) the impact of health influencers on adolescents. 

Academic Positions

09/2023

Assistant Professor
Entertainment Research

2021–2023

Assistant Professor
Media and Health Communication

2020–2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2019–2020

Research Fellow

2018–2029

Postdoctoral Researcher

2013–2018

Predoctoral Researcher

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication

KU LEUVEN

Leuven School for Mass Communication Research

Belgium

KU LEUVEN

Leuven School for Mass Communication Research

Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication

Education

RESEARCH

Publications by Topics

2013–2018

Doctoral Degree, Dr. phil.

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Matthes

2009–2012

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Matthes

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Florian Arendt

Master's Degree, Mag.phil.

2006–2009

Bachelor's Degree

UNIVERSITY OF SALZBURG

Department of Communication Studies, University of Salzburg, Austria

RESEARCH

Reseach

I have been fortunate to work with smart and compassionate colleagues, mentors, and supervisors throughout my career. Since September 2021, I have been leading my own research team. 

My two doctoral students, Elien Beelen and Lise-Marie Nassen, and I are delving into the impact of mobile media on our daily lives and how it affects our health and well-being. Elien's research focuses on social media's representations of mental health and its potential effects on attitudes, perceptions, and stigma. Lise-Marie's dissertation focuses on disconnection practices in an ever-connected society and their associations with psychological well-being and digital stress.

Within the FWF research project "Health Influencers in Social Media" (PI Raffael Heiss), I am supervising Sascha Gell and Elena Engel in their doctoral research on health (mis)information and nutrition marketing. 

Clicking on the links above will lead you to my publications

TEACHING

TEACHING
  • Communication sociology lecture (2024)

  • Communication research proseminar (202)

  • Communication research methods (2015, 2016, 2017) 

  • Communication research seminar (2014, 2015)

  • Tutoring & teaching assistance (2010-2011)

University of Vienna

  • Psychology of social media lecture (2021/22, 2022/23) 

  • Evidence-based health communication seminar (2021/22, 2022/23)

  • Quantitative seminar  (2021/22, 2022/23)

  • Uitdagingen in de communicatiewetenschappen [Challenges in communictaion science] (2023)

KU Leuven

GRANTS AND AWARDS

GRANTS AND AWARDS

Grants (selection)

2024

Project: “AWARE: Mental Health Portrayals on Social Media & Implications on Adolescents' Awareness and Well-being." FWF Austrian Science Funds; Principal investigator

In Collaboration with A.-L. Camerini and R. Wendt)

2023

Project: “Digital well-being in an ‘always-on’ society: Investigating the interrelationships between digital disconnection and psychological well-being.”
KU Leuven; Principal investigator

2021-2023

Project: “Toward conceptual clarification and empirical evidence on the relationship between digital disconnection and psychological well-being”.
KU Leuven; Principal investigator

2022-2025

Project: “Health Influencers on Social Media: Who they are, what they post, and how they affect adolescents’ health” (PI: R. Heiss)
FWF Austrian Science Fund, Co-Principal investigator

2020-2023

Project “Social media use and adolescents’ well-being”. Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), PI: Jörg Matthes, Co-author

2019-2021

Postdoctoral fellowship for the project: “Digitizing Joy: The Role of Smartphone Use in Capitalizing Positive Life Events and Adolescents’ Psychological Wellbeing”

FWO                     

2019-2020

Project: “Perfect picture, imperfect life? The relationship between personalized Instagram use and subjective life satisfaction – A linkage analysis.” (with B. Naderer and C. Peter)
Society of Communication (ÖGK), Principal investigator

2018-2019

Project: “Perception and effects of disclaimer labels on fashion images on body image.”
Vienna Municipal Department of Women’s Affairs (MA 57) and Women’s Health (MA 24) (with B. Naderer and C. Peter), Principal investigator

2015

Research award: Department of Communication, University of Vienna, (with D. Schmuck); Co-Principal investigator

Awards

2023

Reviewer Award awarded at the European Conference on Health Communication by the European Journal of Health Communication

2021

2019

Top Student Paper Award, International Communication Association (ICA) Children, Adolescents, and Media Division, leading author: Sarah Devos

                                   

ICA Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award, International Communication Association (ICA), Mass Communication Division.

2018

Award of Excellence, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

2018

Sowi-Doc.Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna

2017

Top 3 Student Paper Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Communication Theory and Methodology Division

2009

Best Bachelor Thesis Award, Department of Communication Studies, University of Salzburg, Austria.

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Outreach

MEDIA / THIRD MISSION

Contact

CONTACT

Dr. Kathrin Karsay

University of Vienna

Department of Communication

Kolingasse 14-16

1090 Vienna

https://publizistik.univie.ac.at/

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ORCID ID

ICA Mobile Communication

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