Anika Batenburg

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, and won the NeSCoR Dissertation Award at the “Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap 2017” conference.  The topic of her dissertation is Virtual Support Communities.
Anika taught classes in communication skills, persuasive technology, social media and new media and supervises students with their bachelor- and master thesis, and internships.

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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. & Hornikx, J.M.A. (2016). Integriteit in kwantitatief, empirisch onderzoek: het perspectief van taalbeheersers. Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing, 38 (2), 193-200.

Hornikx, J.M.A. & Batenburg, A. (2016). Integriteit in kwantitatief, empirisch onderzoek: problemen en mogelijke oplossingen. Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing, 38 (2), 119-131

Batenburg, A. and Das, E. (2015). Virtual support communities and psychological well-being: The role of optimistic and pessimistic social comparison strategies. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20 (6). doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12131

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