Publications

New paper in Public Understanding of Science

In this paper, we propose a process-oriented framework for testing the effects of communicating uncertain science to the public.

Communicating COVID-19 Uncertainty

Pandemics are characterized by extreme uncertainty and effective communication is critical to help the public manage this uncertainty. We summarized scholarship on public communication related to uncertainty during the COVID-19...

Reactance to Anti-Texting & Driving Messages

Our new study led by @CourtneyLScherr is out in Risk Analysis! We compared the effectiveness of message formats in AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign. Testimonials outperformed accident stories in terms...

Precision Medicine Uncertainty

Precision medicine research relies on public volunteers to provide genetic and other personal data for research. We examined how people respond to uncertainty about scientific benefit and data use. In...

US Digital Health Engagement

My colleagues and I have a new brief report in American Journal of Public Health! The main takeaway: Data from NCI’s HINTS shows #eHealth engagement varies by type and among...

Narratives Reduce Resistance to Persuasion

Our meta-analysis on narratives and resistance to persuasion was just published in Human Communication Research! Here is a link to the publisher’s site, and here is the pre-print. I’m happy...

Review of Reactance Measures

My review of psychological reactance research approaches is now out in Communication Research. This paper is the product of three years of toiling, having fascinating conversations with other scholars, and...

Reactance to framed messages influenced by dose—Article in Risk Analysis

Striking a balance with exercise promotion messages can be tricky. In our study of loss/gain framing, reactance and dose, now out in Risk Analysis, we compared physical activity PSAs that...

Media mentions of cancer research: disproportionate coverage (Our new study in BMJ Open)

Our team’s study on coverage of cancer research in online media was just published at BMJ Open! We started the collaboration when I was working at NCI in 2017, and...

Scientific uncertainty heightens trust in journalists

Our chapter — “News Coverage of Cancer Research: Does Disclosure of Scientific Uncertainty Enhance Credibility?” — was published in the 2018 Routledge book Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media...