Jan Van den Bulck

Professor of Media Psychology, University of Michigan

As a social scientist, I am interested in unintended effects of media use. I have studied people's perceptions of crime, law enforcement, the medical world etc, and have tried to examine how that is tied to exposure to fiction in the media (mainly TV)
As an epidemiologist, I became interested in health effects of media use behavior. I have looked at eating behavior, exercise, substance abuse, and many other things, but have gradually become more and more engrossed in sleep research. Nothing competes with sleep as much as out media use does.
I was born in Belgium and worked at the University of Leuven for 25 years before moving to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2016.


  • –present
    Professor of Media Psychology, University of Michigan
  • 1998–2016
    Professor, University of Leuven, Belgium


  • 2006 
    Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES, Rotterdam, The Netherlands), DSc Epidemiology
  • 1996 
    University of Leuven, Belgium, PhD Social Sciences
  • 1989 
    University of Hull, UK, MA Political Science
  • 1987 
    University of Leuven, Belgium, MA Communication Sciences
  • 1985 
    University of Leuven, Belgium, BA Social and Political Sciences