Research and Creative Interestsmedia violence, relational aggression, body image concerns, gender,
Dr. Nicole Martins (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008) is an Associate Professor in the Media School where she teaches courses focused on the child audience and media effects. Dr. Martins’ expertise concerns the social and psychological effects of the mass media youth. She has a longstanding interest on the effects of relationally aggressive portrayals in the media, as well the impact of the media on children’s self-esteem and body-image concerns. She has published over two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, and her work appears in a wide-range of peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Health Communication and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Dr. Martins has received numerous top paper awards from the National Communication Association and International Communication Association, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Children and Media and Communication Research Reports. Recently, Dr. Martins was a featured speaker on a panel concerning the representation of girls in the media sponsored by The White House Council on Women and Girls. Dr. Martins is frequently quoted in national news outlets on topics related to children and media.