Suzi Gage

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Suzi Gage
Suzi Gage on Decipher My Data.jpg
Gage talks to "Decipher My Data" in 2012
Alma materUniversity College London University of Bristol
EmployerUniversity of Liverpool
Known forPsychology Science communication

Suzanne H. Gage is a British psychologist and epidemiologist who is interested in the nature of associations between lifestyle behaviours and mental health. She is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool and has a popular science podcast, "Say Why to Drugs", which explores substance use.


Suzi Gage is from Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where she completed A-Levels in Maths, Biology, Music and English at Dr Challonders High School.[1][2] She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2004 and Masters degree in cognitive neuropsychology from University College London in 2005.[3] Prior to her Ph.D., Gage concentrated on language, specifically the impact of early language learning on later ability.[4] Her PhD used the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children to investigate associations between adolescent tobacco and cannabis use, which she completed at the University of Bristol in 2014.[3]


Gage remained at Bristol as a postdoctoral researcher, where she worked in Professor Marcus Munafo's programme of the Integrative Epidemiology Unit investigating causality in the associations between lifestyle behaviours and mental health outcomes.[5] Here Gage taught a short course "Appraising Epidemiological Studies" and delivered lectures on Science Communication to MSc psychologists.[5][6] Whilst at Bristol, she became a prominent voice in the public debate about recreational drug use.[7]

Gage joined the University of Liverpool as a lecturer in 2017.[8] She is a member of the Society for the Study of Addiction.[9][10] She is Social Media Editor for the journal Addiction.[11]

Public engagement[edit]

Gage began writing for the Guardian as a Ph.D. student at the University of Bristol.[12] Since, she has written for The Economist, The Conversation, The Telegraph and The Lancet Psychiatry.[13][14][15] In June 2011 she won the science engagement activity I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!.[16] Gage started blogging in 2011, and her blog "Sifting the Evidence", focused on research and ideas in epidemiology and public health.[17] In 2013 she appeared in the Science Grrl calendar, and in 2014 she appeared in their video "She Blinded Me with Science".[2] She is an advocate for creativity within the sciences, and has argued "science and the arts don’t exist in silos".[18] Gage was a keynote speaker at the 2017 March for Science in Bristol.[19]

Gage's podcast, Say Why to Drugs, explores the science around substance use.[20] It is on Scoobius Pip's Distraction Pieces Network, and the rapper has co-hosted many of the episodes. The podcast has over 750,000 listeners, and won Gage the 2016 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.[21] She has also appeared in the University of Liverpool podcast series.[22]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "WONDER WOMEN: Psychologist and Epidemiologist Suzi Gage on Making STEM Careers More Accessible, and Getting Started as a Scientist". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  2. ^ a b "AEngD :: EngD features in Science Grrll Calendar". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  3. ^ a b c "Suzi Gage | UKCTAS". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  4. ^ Bristol, University of. "Dr Suzanne Gage expertise". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  5. ^ a b Bristol, University of. "Dr Suzanne Gage - Experimental Psychology". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  6. ^ Bristol, University of. "Dr Suzanne Gage teaching". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  7. ^ "Response to stories suggesting that "cannabis is a causal mechanism" for developing schizophrenia. – Sense about Science". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  8. ^ a b "Suzanne Gage - University of Liverpool". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  9. ^ "Suzi Gage | Society for the Study of Addiction". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  10. ^ "What I seek when I need a laugh | The Psychologist". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  11. ^ "Addiction Journal - Editorial Board". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  12. ^ "Suzi Gage". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  13. ^ "Suzi Gage". The Conversation. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  14. ^ Gage, Suzi (2015-01-01). "The family way". The Lancet Psychiatry. 2 (1): 28. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(14)00143-6. ISSN 2215-0366.
  15. ^ Gage, Suzi (2013-10-15). "Ada Lovelace Day: Where are the women in science? Right here ... My top 10 female scientists". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  16. ^ About I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here. 2017-01-25 Retrieved 2018-02-13. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Bristol, University of. "2012: Science blog award | News | University of Bristol". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  18. ^ "The importance of earnestly studying science". British Science Association. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  19. ^ "'Bristol has scientific discovery woven into its very core'". Bristol 24/7. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  20. ^ acast. "Say Why To Drugs on acast". acast. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  21. ^ a b "Suzanne Gage Wins 2016 AAAS Early Career Public Engagement Award". AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  22. ^ University of Liverpool Online (2017-11-06), University of Liverpool Podcast episode 4: Suzi Gage on 'Say Why to Drugs', retrieved 2018-01-28
  23. ^ Bristol, University of. "2016: gageskeptic | School of Experimental Psychology | University of Bristol". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  24. ^ "Suzanne Gage receives 2016 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science". EurekAlert!. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  25. ^ "The British Association for Psychopharmacology | BAP Newsletter". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  26. ^ "David Colquhoun and Suzi Gage Joint Winners of 2012 UK Science Blog Prize". Good Thinking Society. 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  27. ^ Bristol, University of. "2012: Convocation Award | School of Experimental Psychology | University of Bristol". Retrieved 2018-01-28.