Lehrbeauftragte (Seminar für Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft)


Lehrgebäude 4 / Raum 213

Office hours

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Visiting address

Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Philosophische Fakultät
Seminar für Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Leonie Otten

Leonie Otten is a doctoral student in health communication with special interests in evidence-based health information and health decision making. She received her M. A. in Health Communication in 2019 and her B. A. in Psychology in 2017 from the University of Erfurt. In 2019, she was accommodated in the “Fast Track” doctoral program in health communication and became an associated member of the CEREB. In 2020, Leonie received a scholarship for PhD students by the CEREB. Her dissertation project examines the influence of communicating evidence on health decision making and risk perceptions in the content of health threats related to climate change, with focus on evidence-based health information design.


Current memberships

  • Since 2019 Member of the Hochschulgruppe Campus-WELTEN (student health management)
  • Since 2020 Member of the Center of Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences CEREB
  • Since 2020 Member of the University of Erfurt network GENIA
  • Since 2020 Member of the Erfurter Open Science Initiative EFOSI


  • Küpke, N. K., Otten, L., Betsch, C. (2019, July). The Effect of Humorous Communication on the Perception of Organ Donation. Poster at the XVI European Congress of Psychology, Moscow.

Open Science

She is committed to Open Science and a member of the Erfurt Open Science Initiative. She embraces the values of openness and transparency in science by applying Open Science practices in her research, teaching, support of young researchers and interactions with her institution.

Publications & preprints

  • Betsch, C., Schmid-Küpke, N. K., Otten, L., & von Hirschhausen, E. (2020). Increasing the willingness to participate in organ donation through humorous health communication:(Quasi-) experimental evidence. PloS one15(11), e0241208.