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Joris Van Ouytsel

Assistant Professor of Interpersonal Communication, Arizona State University

Joris Van Ouytsel is an assistant professor at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. He is also a Senior Global Futures Scientist within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. His program of research focuses on the intersection of interpersonal and health communication and includes the following: 1) Research on the influence of digital media on relationship experiences and sexuality, 2) Understanding digital risky and violent behaviors in interpersonal relationships (e.g., digital forms of dating violence, cyber dating abuse), 3 Examining the antecedents and consequences of digital sexual behaviors (e.g., sexting, revenge porn, and sextortion)

Professor Van Ouytsel has pioneered research on the causes and consequences of adolescents’ sexting behavior, and he has coauthored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles about sexting. He is coeditor of the book “Sexting: Motives and risk in online sexual self-presentation.” He also developed a second research program on the study of digital forms of teen dating violence (also known as cyber dating abuse).Prior to joining the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Professor Van Ouytsel worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp (supported by the Research Foundation - Flanders) and he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX).


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
  • 2017–2021
    Postdoctoral Research , University of Antwerp


  • 2017 
    University of Antwerp, PhD in Communication studies