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Psychologist wins prize for excellent dissemination

Researcher Cecilie Schou Andreassen’s research on addiction has attracted an audience of millions. Now she is awarded the Meltzer Award for outstanding science dissemination.

Cecilie S. Andreassen
OUTSTANDING SCIENCE DISSEMINATION: Cecilie Schou Andreassen is awarded the Meltzer Fund’s Award for communicating her research to a broad audience worldwide.
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Thor Brødreskift

204 articles in Norwegian print media, 637 articles on the Norwegian-language part of the Internet and hundreds of articles in international media online. This is that status for the media reach of Cecilie Schou Andreassen’s research on various forms of addiction. The Huffington Post, with its 115 million unique users, is one of several publications to have featured her research.

At the annual dinner celebrating Lauritz Meltzer, founder of the Meltzer Fund, the 39-year-old researcher was awarded the Meltzer Award for outstanding science communication and 150,000 NOK (approximately 15,000 Euros).

Martin A. Fernø and Michaël Tatham won the Meltzer Prices for outstanding young researchers.

Research into addiction

Cecilie Schou Andreassen is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Psychosocial Science at the University of Bergen (UiB). Come August, she will be appointed a professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology. Since graduating with a PhD from UiB in 2009, she has conducted research on non-chemical addictions, such as addiction to gaming, Facebook, shopping and work.

 The themes have generated interest in China, the United Kingdom, France, the United States and several other countries. During her postdoctoral fellowship she has communicated her UiB based research on addiction to a broad international audience. She has made the headlines of CNN, BBC, Le Monde, China Daily and the New York Times – in addition to numerous Norwegian newspapers and domestic TV and radio channels.

Test yourself

Schou Andreassen has developed a series of tests where people can test themselves for various forms of addiction. The tests are openly available on the Internet – on websites of media houses in Norway and abroad. These are tools that are easy to use, and simultaneously constitute research data Schou Andreassen and her colleagues can use.

 According to the Meltzer Committee, Schou Andreassen serves as an example for other researchers.

 "Schou Andreassen showcases the University of Bergen in her role as both a researcher and a communicator. She uses media and web-based technology to bring her research to the public, and she brings people's experiences back to UiB and distributes that research data through reputable publication channels. She puts UiB on the map both nationally and internationally," writes the Committee.