NEW ORLEANS, LA — June 29, 2016 —The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) today awarded Lucy Berrington, MS the 17th annual RSA Media Award for her outstanding journalistic efforts in her role as Editor-in-Chief of Student Health 101. The award was presented during the Closing Ceremony at the 39th Annual RSA Scientific Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in Louisiana. The award recognizes journalists who expertly interpret and present difficult-to-understand research and scientific findings on alcohol and alcoholism to the general public.
“Lucy Berrington’s leadership and efforts are well aligned with the mission of the RSA’s National Advocacy and Public Education Committee, which includes educating the public and professionals in the field and building relationships with advocacy groups to generate support for alcohol research,” says Marisa Silveri, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.
In her role as Editor-in-Chief at Student Health 101, Ms. Berrington produces multimedia content that supports the health promotion and wellness initiatives of 500+ post-secondary schools and is delivered to 3.2 million college and university students across the US and Canada. Student Health 101 messaging reflects current health data, best practices endorsed by behavioral and communication science, and conceptual and technological creativity.
“It was a pleasure to nominate Lucy Berrington for this award,” says Dr. Silveri. “As a neuroscientist dedicated to probing the effects of alcohol on the brains of youth, I believe that community outreach through journalism is one of the most important aspects of our jobs as scientists—to ensure that science is interpreted for the community at large in ways that help improve health and well being.”
About Lucy Berrington, MS
Lucy Berrington is an award-winning health communicator dedicated to influencing consumers, providers, and policymakers in ways that improve health outcomes. Her career in journalism began at The London Times in 1992. She is especially interested in sensitive health and behavior issues, including substance use and addiction, healthy relationships and sexual assault, health disparities, disability, and behavioral health. Lucy’s Master of Science in Health Communication is from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her Master of Arts degree is from the University of Oxford.
About Student Health 101
Student Health 101, a Massachusetts-based company, is a digital custom publisher of health and wellbeing content designed specifically for high school and college students. The company offers a complete solution for administrators to engage their student population measurably, on an ongoing basis, through interactive media. Utilizing cutting edge design, research-based content, and an active peer education approach, Student Health 101 promotes well-being as a multi-dimensional, life-long endeavor that impacts every aspect of a person’s life, especially the ability to learn.