Anne Vermeulen

Health Narratives


Anne Vermeulen

PhD student
Universiteit van Antwerpen


Anne is master in Social-Economic Sciences (University of Antwerp, 2010) and master in Communication Studies: Strategic Communication (University of Antwerp, 2011). For the master in Communication Studies she wrote a thesis on pro-ana-websites (pro anorexia nervosa). In her thesis, she investigated whether warning texts are able to reduce some of the negative effects of pro-ana-websites, such as a lower self-esteem and a lower physical self-concept.

Since October 2011, she works as a PhD student and research and teaching assistant at the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp. She is a member of the research group Media & ICT in Organisations & Society (MIOS).


Anne’s main field of interest concerns the link between youngsters and ICT. Together with her supervisor Prof. Dr. Heidi Vandebosch, she studied the way the Flemish press reported on cyberbullying.
For her PhD, she studies how youngsters share their (positive and negative) emotions with others: when do they use which communication mode (face-to-face and specific types of mediated communication) to share their emotions with strangers, friends and family? Together with Heidi Vandebosch and Wannes Heirman, she already conducted an explorative study in which they researched why adolescents express (or do not express) positive or negative emotions on social network sites. In the future she will also focus more on other communication modes and on specific emotions. Among other things, she will research how adolescents experience certain positive and negative life events and daily hassles, and how they deal with the accompanying emotions in the off- and online context.


Emotions; social sharing of emotions; adolescents; communication technologies; social network sites; affordances

Key publications

Vandebosch, H., Simulioniene, R. Marczak, M., Vermeulen, A. & Bonetti, L. (2013). The role of the media. In P. Smith & G. Steffgen (eds.), Cyberbullying through the new media (pp. 99-118). London: Psychology Press.