Alicia Gilbert M.Sc.

Since 10/2020 Research associate at the working group Media Effects and Media Psychology, Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

09/2018–06/2020 Master of Science Communication Science (Research Master), graduation with cum laude distinction, University of Amsterdam

10/2014–04/2018 Bachelor of Arts Communication Science (Major) and Cultural Anthropology (Minor), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Diverse activities as research assistant at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Department of Communication, working group Media Effects and Media Psychology) and at the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam School of Communication Research, Department Youth and Media Entertainment) in teaching and research projects (e.g., organisation and conduction of lab studies, tutor). Internships at Leo Burnett GmbH (public relations and social media, Frankfurt am Main) and Deutscher Fachverlag (editorial office, Frankfurt am Main).


Research interestes

Research questions of media use and effects:

  • digital media and well-being/mental health (e.g., smartphones, social media, social comparison, stress)
  • mobile media use and permanent connectedness (e.g., online vigilance)
  • media use and self-regulation
  • media use and need satisfaction


09/2021 Paul Lazarsfeld Scholarship of the Paul Lazarsfeld Association and the methods division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) for methodologically sophisticated and innovative student theses

01/2021 Best Paper Award at the Annual Conference of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) (together with Susanne Baumgartner and Leonard Reinecke)

05/2020 Top Student Paper (1st place) of the Communication & Technology Division at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) (together with Adrian Meier, Sophie Börner and Daniel Possler)



  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Young Scholars Group of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (NaRezFo)

Teaching in the BA Communication Science

  • Terms and Theories in Communication Studies (Winter semester 2021/2022)
  • Academic Reading, Comprehension and Writing (Winter semester 2020/2021)
  • New Media / Online Communication (Summer semester 2021, 2022)
  • Media Use Research (Summer semester 2022)
  • Media Effects Research (Summer semester 2021)
  • Selected Topics in Media History, Media Law and Media Policy (Winter semester 2020/2021, 2021/2022)