Ine Beyens is an Assistant Professor with tenure in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the effects of media on the emotional, psychological, and social development of children and adolescents. Her current work investigates the effects of social media use on adolescents’ well-being. In her work, she employs intensive longitudinal data, for example through experience sampling methods, to capture what adolescents do, feel, and think during their daily life.
Beyens is co-founder and senior researcher of Project AWeSome, an interdisciplinary collaboration that investigates the effects of social media use on various aspects of adolescents' well-being. Within this project, she co-developed a novel, idiographic approach to study how the effects of (social) media use differ from person to person. Beyens is affiliated with the Center for research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CcaM) and a member of the Consortium on Individual Development (CID) of the NWO Gravitation Program. Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, she worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant in the School for Mass Communication Research at KU Leuven (Belgium), where she earned her PhD.
Beyens has published more than 30 articles in flagship journals in communication, including Communication Research, Journal of Communication, and Human Communication Research, and in top-ranked psychology and multidisciplinary journals, including Developmental Psychology, Scientific Reports, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her work has received several awards and recognitions from leading international associations, including the International Communication Association (ICA), the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), and the American Psychological Association (APA). In 2018, she was elected as the secretary of the ICA Children, Adolescents, and the Media division.