Ramona Ludolph is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the Institute of Communication and Health (USI, Switzerland) and attends the Pro*Doc Graduate School on Adaptivity in Communication and Health, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her dissertation project is concerned with the conceptual systematization and empirical development of debiasing research in the area of health risk communication. More specifically, she examines the role of systematic biases in health-related judgment and decision making and how potentially negative effects can be reduced by altering people’s information environment (“debiasing”).
Ramona Ludolph received a B.A. in communication sciences with psychology as a minor and a master of public health (MPH) from the University of Munich (Germany). For her study achievements, she was awarded several grants (e.g. Dr.-Democh-Maurmeier grant) and scholarships (e.g. Max-Weber-Program scholarship). In her master’s thesis, she conducted a systematic review on the application of regulatory fit, a theory stemming from the field of consumer psychology, in the area of health communication.
During her studies, she was involved in several research projects at the Universities of Munich (e.g. CriCoRM, an EU-funded project investigating the crisis communication of European countries during the H1N1 pandemic) and Lugano (e.g. two national surveys on nutrition and physical activity on behalf of Health Promotion Switzerland). Besides, Ramona Ludolph has gained work experience outside academia through various internships and working student activities in the fields of corporate communications and journalism. Amongst others, she was an intern with the Communications Department of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen (Denmark) in 2013 (supported by a grant of the German Academic Exchange Service).
- Risk and crisis communication
- Medical judgment and decision making
- Systematic reviews