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Dr. Kathrin Karsay

Communication Scientist, KU Leuven

I am an Assistant Professor at the School for Mass Communication Research at KU Leuven (Belgium). I dedicate my professional life to exploring, researching, and sharing knowledge on how to successfully navigate the mediated world we live in.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

Karsay, K., Matthes, J., Schmuck, D. & Ecklebe, S. (2022). Messaging, posting, and browsing: A mobile experience sampling study investigating youth’s social media use, affective well-being, and loneliness Social Science Computer Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/08944393211058308

Karsay, K., & Vandenbosch, L. (2021). Endlessly Connected: Moving Forward with Agentic Perspectives of Mobile Media (Non-)Use. Mass Communication and Society. 24(6), 779–794. https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2021.1974785

Naderer, B., Peter, C., & Karsay, K. (2022) This picture does not portray reality: Developing and testing a disclaimer for digitally enhanced pictures on social media appropriate for tweens and teens. Journal of Children and Media. 16(2), 149-167. https://doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2021.1938619

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

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

 

I then found my way to Belgium, first as a post-doctoral fellow funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Since Fall 2021 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor for Media and Health Communication at the School for Mass Communication at KU Leuven.

My research interests focus on the effects of entertaining digital and mass media on the societal and individual level. Within the past years, I have developed three major lines of inquiry. These closely interconnected strands of research center on (1) stigma and stereotypes in entertainment media, (2) challenges and effects of mobile connectivity in everyday life, and (3) the increasing role of digital celebrities in today’s media environment

 

I'm currently involved in research projects dealing with digital disconnection, mental health portrayals on social media, and the role of health influencers. I have received several awards and grants for my research, with projects and publications that you can learn more about below.

Academic Positions

09/2021

Assistant Professor for Media and Health Communication

2020–2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2019–2020

Research Fellow

2018–2029

Postdoctoral Researcher

2013–2018

Predoctoral Researcher

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

Advertising and Media Effects Research Group

Austria

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Advertising and Media Effects Research Group

Austria

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Advertising and Media Effects Research Group

Austria

Education

RESEARCH

Publications by Topics

Current Research Projects

2013–2018

Doctoral Degree, Dr. phil.

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria
Title of Dissertation: Objects of Desire. Content and Effects of Sexualizing Media.
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Matthes

2009–2012

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria
Title of Master thesis: Effects of conservative political advertising on implicit and explicit attitudes.
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Matthes

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Florian Arendt

Master's Degree, Mag.phil.

2008–2009

University Degree French Language

UNIVERSITÉ SORBONNE NOUVELLE

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Paris, France

2006–2009

Bachelor's Degree

UNIVERSITY OF SALZBURG

Department of Communication Studies, University of Salzburg, Austria

RESEARCH

 

I've been lucky to work with smart and caring colleagues, mentors, and supervisors throughout my career. Since September 2021, I've been leading my own research team. 

Together with my two doctoral students, Elien Beelen and Lise-Marie Nassen, we're investigating the role of mobile media in everyday life and its interrelations with our health and well-being. Elien's dissertation addresses how mental health and mental illness are portrayed and discussed in social media. By focusing on influencers, followers, and patients she aims to provide a holistic perspective on the topic. Lise-Marie's dissertation focuses on disconnection practices in an ever-connected society. Specifically, she's interested in linking these practices to indicators of psychological well-being.

Photo credit: Nausikaä Brimmel

It shows three powerful and smart women sitting next to each other, the research team.

Clicking on the links above will lead you to my publications

TEACHING

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

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

  • Quantitative Seminar 2 (2021/22, 2022/23)

KU Leuven

  • Communication research methods (2015, 2016, 2017) 

  • Communication research seminar (2014, 2015)

  • Tutoring & teaching assistance (2010-2011)

University of Vienna

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

Grants

2021

2020-2023

Grant for the project: “Health Influencers on Social Media: Who They Are, What They Post, and How They Affect Adolescents’ Health” Funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund, PI: Raffael Heiss; Co-Principal investigator

                                   

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

2019-2021

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

2019-2021

Grant for the project: “Perfect picture, imperfect life? The relationship between personalized Instagram use and subjective life satisfaction – A linkage analysis.” Funded by the Society of Communication (ÖGK) for innovative research in communication science. In collaboration with Brigitte Naderer and Christina Peter, Principal investigator

2018-2019

Grant for the project: “Perception and effects of disclaimer labels on fashion images on body image.” Funded by the Vienna Municipal Department of Women’s Affairs (MA 57) and Women’s Health (MA 24). In collaboration with Brigitte Naderer and Christina Peter, Principal investigator

2018

Grant for the project “Top slicing and contestable funding in the broadcast media market”. Funded by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF. In collaboration with Raffael Heiss; Principal Investigator

2018

Travel grant, “International Communication” by the Austrian Research Association to visit an international conference in Bath (UK)

2017

Travel grant, “Short-term grant abroad” by the University of Vienna, Austria.

2017

Research Award by the Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria. In collaboration with Desirée Schmuck; Co-Principal Investigator

2008

Fellowship “Franz Josef Martin Plantz und Paula Zyber Stiftung” administered by the University of Salzburg to study French language at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle

Awards

2021

2019

Top Student Paper Award, International Communication Association (ICA) Children, Adolescents, and Media Division, as a co-author of Sarah Devos, Steven Eggermont, & Laura Vandenbosch. 

                                   

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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CONTACT

Dr. Kathrin Karsay

KU Leuven

Leuven Schol for Mass Communication Research

Parkstraat 45 - box 3603

3000 Leuven

https://soc.kuleuven.be/smc

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ORCID ID

ICA Mobile Communication

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