Kathleen Van Royen

Health Narratives


Kathleen Van Royen

PhD student
Universiteit van Antwerpen


Kathleen Van Royen (MSc) is a PhD student at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp. She holds a Master Degree in Strategic communication and in Health education and promotion. Since 2013, she is a member of the research group MIOS (Media & ICT in Organizations & Society).

Kathleen is involved in the AMiCA project which aims at developing an automatic monitoring system to detect critical situations for adolescents on social network sites by means of image and text analysis. In particular, the focus lies on three situations: cyberbullying, sexual transgressive behavior, and depression and suicidal behavior. More information can be found on http://www.amicaproject.be/


Kathleen’s research interest lies in health communication and promotion, with a particular focus on adolescents. She has worked before within research projects to promote a healthy diet and physical activity among adolescents.

Currently, she conducts research in regard with adolescents, social media and online sexual harassment, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Karolien Poels and Prof. Dr. Heidi Vandebosch (University of Antwerp). In particular, within the scope of her PhD, she studies the appraisal and coping of adolescents with transgressive sexual behavior on social media.


Online sexual harassment; social media; adolescents; automatic monitoring; cyberbullying

Key publications

Van Royen Kathleen, Poels KarolienDaelemans WalterVandebosch Heidi. (2014). Automatic monitoring of cyberbullying on social networking sites: from technical feasibility to desirability. Telematics and informatics – ISSN 0736-5853 -pp. 1-9

Verstraeten Roosmarijn, Van Royen Kathleen, Ochoa-Avilés Angélica, Peñafiel Daniela, Holdsworth Michelle, Donoso Silvana, Maes Lea, & Kolsteren Patrick. (2014). A Conceptual Framework for Healthy Eating Behavior in Ecuadorian Adolescents: A Qualitative Study. PLoS ONE – ISSN 1932-6203 – 9:1

Van Royen Kathleen, Verstraeten Roosmarijn, Andrade Susana, Ochoa-Avilés Angélica, Donoso Silvana, Maes Lea, & Kolsteren Patrick. Factors affecting physical activity in Ecuadorian adolescents: A focus group study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Accepted for publication

Ayiasi Mangwi Richard, Van Royen Kathleen, Verstraeten Roosmarijn, Atuyambe Lynn, Criel Bart, Garimoi Christopher Orach, & Kolsteren Patrick. (2013), Exploring the focus of prenatal information offered to pregnant mothers regarding newborn care in rural Uganda. BMC pregnancy and childbirth – ISSN 1471-2393 – 13, 176