Anika Batenburg

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Anika Batenburg

Assistant professor


Currently, Anika Batenburg is Assistant Professor at the department of Communication and Information Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and a master’s degree in Communication Science. She finished her PhD project at the VU University of Amsterdam. The topic of her dissertation is Virtual Support Communities. Click here for more information:

Anika taught classes in communication skills, persuasive technology and supervises students with their bachelor- and master thesis.


During her PhD Anika specialized in online communities. Anika’s research interests concern online social networks and social media in the organizational and health domain.


Virtual communities; social media; online knowledge sharing; online peer support

Recent publications

Batenburg, A., & Das, E. (in press). Virtual support communities and psychological well-being: The role of optimistic and pessimistic social comparison strategies. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Vermeulen, I., Beukeboom, C. J., Batenburg, A., Avramiea, A., Stoyanov, D., Van de Velde, B., & Oegema, D. (2015). Blinded by the Light: How a Focus on Statistical “Significance” May Cause p -Value Misreporting and an Excess of p -Values Just Below .05 in Communication Science. Communication Methods and Measures, 9(4), 253–279. doi:10.1080/19312458.2015.1096333

Batenburg, A., & Das, E. (2014). An experimental study on the effectiveness of disclosing stressful life events and support messages: when cognitive reappraisal support decreases emotional distress, and emotional support is like saying nothing at all. PloS One, 9(12), e114169. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114169

Batenburg, A., & Das, E. (2014). Emotional approach coping and the effects of online peer-led support group participation among patients with breast cancer: a longitudinal study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(11), e256. doi:10.2196/jmir.3517

Batenburg, A. & Das, E. (2014). Emotional coping differences among breast cancer patients from an online support group: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(2):e28. doi:10.2196/jmir.2831

Vermeulen, I., Batenburg, A., Beukeboom, C., Smits, T. (2014). Breakthrough or one-hit wonder? Three attempts to replicate single-exposure musical conditioning effects on choice behavior (Gorn, 1982). Social Psychology (special issue on ‘Replications of Important Results in Social Psychology’), 45(3): 179-186. doi: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000182