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Risk Communication


Risk Communication

Project Title Investigators Project Period
Social Identity and Perceptions of Counterterrorism Demis Glasford July, 2012 to December, 2017
Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability Through Global Media Gary LaFree September, 2014 to September, 2017
School Emergency Public Information and Warning/Information Sharing Brooke Liu, Holly Roberts October, 2015 to September, 2016
Understanding Tornado Warnings, False Alarms, and Complacency, and Proposing Theory-Directed Solutions for Effective Warnings Michael Egnoto, Brooke Liu October, 2015 to September, 2016
Comprehensive Testing of Imminent Threat Public Messages for Mobile Devices (MDP) Brooke Liu, Hamilton Bean, Marcus A. Boyd, Michele Wood June, 2012 to June, 2015
Mobile Radiation Detectors: Threat Perception and Device Acceptance Brooke Liu, Elizabeth Petrun Sayers, Gary Ackerman April, 2014 to April, 2015
Social Media Use during Disasters Brooke Liu July, 2012 to October, 2013
Training in Risk and Crisis Communication (TRACC) Brooke Liu, Elizabeth Petrun Sayers, Katherine Worboys Izsak August, 2011 to October, 2013
Preparedness for Catastrophic Events Hamilton Bean, Kathleen Smarick, Monica Schoch-Spana, Paul Harwood November, 2008 to November, 2010
Modeling and Simulation of Public Response to Threat and Attacks June, 2005 to June, 2009
Textual Analysis of Electronic Media Coverage of Homeland Security-Related Risks Lisa Keranen September, 2006 to May, 2009
Organizational Dimensions of Risk Communication During Homeland Security Crises Caron Chess June, 2005 to May, 2009
Communicating Risk of Mass Casualty Terrorism in Diverse Communities Elaine Vaughan May, 2005 to May, 2009
Effective Organizational Communication During Crises: Learning from the 2001 Anthrax Attacks Caron Chess May, 2005 to May, 2009
Best Practices for Preparing Communities: Citizen Engagement in Public Health Planning Monica Schoch-Spana May, 2005 to May, 2008
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
Advancing Understanding of Tornado Warnings, False Alarms, and Complacency September 2017 Liu, Brooke; Roberts, Holly; Egnoto, Michael Research Brief
Annotated Bibliography for Public Risk Communication on Warnings for Public Protective Actions Response and Public Education September 2006 Mileti, Dennis; Bourque, Linda Report
Beyond Image Repair: Suggestions for Crisis Communication Theory Development September 2014 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia Journal Article
Communicating Crisis Uncertainty: A Review of the Knowledge Gaps April 2016 Liu, Brooke Journal Article
Congress Report: Experts' Recommendations on Enacting Best Practices in Risk and Crisis Communication October 2013 Liu, Brooke; Madden, Stephanie Journal Article
Decisions in disaster recovery operations November 2013 Zhuang, Jun Book Chapter
Elites and Panic: more to fear than fear itself January 2008 Chess, Caron Journal Article
Evidence-Based Guidance for Public Risk Communication and Education September 2006 Mileti, Dennis Research Brief
Facilitation of Risk Communication During the Anthrax Attacks of 2001: The Organizational Backstory October 2007 Chess, Caron Journal Article
False Alarms, Real Challenges - One University's Communication Response to the 2001 Anthrax Crisis June 2006 Chess, Caron Journal Article
Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings March 2017 Wood, Michele Book Chapter
How Disaster Information Form, Source, Type, and Prior Disaster Exposure Affect Public Outcomes: Jumping on the Social Media Bandwagon December 2014 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan Journal Article
How Disaster Information Form, Source, Type, and Prior Disaster Exposure Affect Public Outcomes: Jumping on the Social Media Bandwagon? January 2015 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan
Improving shadow evacuation management: Case study of the Graniteville, South Carolina chlorine spill January 2007 Cutter, Susan Journal Article
Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? The Effects of Maps and Warning Messages on How Publics Respond to Disaster Information April 2017 Liu, Brooke; Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton; Egnoto, Michael; Wood, Michele Journal Article
Making Connections: Performance Regimes and Extreme Events November 2012 Bowman, Ann Journal Article
Milling and Public Warnings May 2017 Liu, Brooke; Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton; Wood, Michele Journal Article
Miscommunication during the anthrax attacks: How events reveal organizational failures January 2007 Chess, Caron Journal Article
Public Response to Terrorism: Findings from the National Survey of Disaster Experiences and Preparedness November 2008 Mileti, Dennis; Bourque, Linda Report
RCPGP Warning System Integration Research Project Final Report November 2010 Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton Report
Response to Terrorism in America December 2008 Bourque, Linda Conference Paper
Risk Communication Training: Research Findings and Recommendations for Training Development February 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth; Izsak, Katherine Worboys; Madden, Stephanie Report
Social Equity in Local Emergency Management Planning December 2009 Boyd, Marcus A. Journal Article
Social Media Use during Disasters: A Review of the Knowledge Base and Gaps December 2012 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan Report
Social Media Use during Disasters Fact Sheet May 2013 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan Project Fact Sheet
Speaking with One Voice: Risk Communication Lessons from the US Anthrax Attacks June 2006 Chess, Caron Journal Article
START Annual Meeting 2016: Quick-Fire Presentation - Unconventional Weapons and Technology, Political Instability, Risk Communication October 2016 Ackerman, Gary; LaFree, Gary; Roberts, Holly; Halverson, James; Binder, Markus; Egnoto, Michael; Sin, Steve
Taking Effective Risk and Crisis Communication for Granted? August 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth Discussion Point
The business of healing: Focus group discussions of readjustment to the post-9/11 work environment among workers of affected agencies January 2010 Pfefferbaum, Betty Journal Article
The Red Pill October 2005 Tierney, Kathleen Report
The Role of Homeland Security Information Bulletins within Emergency Management Organizations February 2008 Bean, Hamilton; Keranen, Lisa Research Brief
The Role of Homeland Security Information Bulletins within Emergency Management Organizations: A Case Study of Enactment July 2007 Bean, Hamilton; Keranen, Lisa Journal Article
Toward More Audience-Oriented Approaches to Crisis Communication and Social Media Research January 2018 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia Book Chapter
Training in Risk and Crisis Communication Modules: Project Fact Sheet December 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth Project Fact Sheet
Understanding Risk Communication Best Practices: A Guide for Emergency Managers and Communicators May 2012 Liu, Brooke Report
Understanding Tornado Warnings, False Alarms, and Complacency September 2016 Liu, Brooke; Roberts, Holly; Egnoto, Michael Fact Sheet
Universal Preventive Interventions for Children in the Context of Disasters and Terrorism April 2014 Pfefferbaum, Betty
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Research begins on Crisis Leadership project with help from FIRE students
Focus groups yield insight into complacency in emergency situations
Scouting out risk communication field research
UMD’s Undergraduate Research Day features START FIRE students
New NOAA project aims to improve all hazards risk communication
Study shows longer emergency text alerts improve safety
TRACC off to a strong START
Freshmen add a spark to risk communication and resilience research
Risk communication researchers earn top paper awards
Prepare, respond and recover with TRACC training
$2.5 million NSF grant awarded for UMD-led disaster resilience research
START’s TRACC receives FEMA approval
START reaches out to dozens of middle and high schoolers
‘Best practices in crisis communications’
START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
START participates in UMD’s ‘Constitution Day 3.0’
Researchers from START’s Training in Risk and Crisis Communication (TRACC) Program earn Top Paper Awards
Discussion Point: Taking Effective Risk and Crisis Communication for Granted?
Risk Communication Research Roundtable: Methodology and Impact
Discussion Point: 'Keep Wicked Calm and Carry the Hell On': Boston, Terrorism and the Rhetorical Power of Resilience
START report identifies new ways to train risk communication skills
Database Spotlight -- Public Warnings and Evacuations: A Study of the 2009 California Station Fire
Researcher Spotlight: Dennis Mileti and the sociology of disaster
Understanding Risk Communication Best Practices and Theory
Enacting best practices in risk communication
Increasing risk perception alone won't improve preparedness
Researcher spotlight: Hamilton Bean
START participates in risk communication conference
START Releases 2011 Research Review
START Research Team to Develop Risk Communication Training Program
Follow the START Seminar, "The Role of Academia in Homeland Security" Live on Twitter
Call for Posters: Emergency Pre‐Event Communication
Research Internships Available for Fall 2007 at the University of Maryland
START investigator, Susan Cutter, advises Congress
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
Image Title Job Title Institution
Ann Norwood

Senior Associate

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Brooke Liu

Associate Professor of Communication and Director, Risk Communication & Resilience Program, START

University of Maryland
Devin Ellis

Policy & Research Program Director, ICONS Project

University of Maryland
Elise Miller-Hooks Elise Miller-Hooks

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering 

University of Maryland
Elizabeth Petrun Elizabeth Petrun Sayers

Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

University of Maryland
START Researcher Gabrielle Matuzsan Gabrielle Matuzsan

Analyst, Government Accountability Office

Research Affiliate, START

University of Maryland
Hamilton Bean Hamilton Bean

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado Denver
Holly Roberts

Program Manager, Risk Communication & Resilience Program, START

University of Maryland
Irina A. Iles

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Julia Fraustino, START Julia Fraustino

Incoming Assistant Professor

West Virginia University
Lisa Keranen Lisa Keranen

Associate Professor of Communications, Director of National Communication Association Forum (NCA-F)

University of Colorado Denver
Michael Egnoto

Research Educator - First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) Program

University of Maryland
Michele Wood

Assistant Professor of Health Science, Director CA-NV Public Health Training Center - Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton
Monica Schoch-Spana Monica Schoch-Spana

Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security

The Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Stephanie Madden Stephanie Madden

Doctoral Student

University of Maryland
Tyler Page

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Maryland
Yan Jin Yan Jin

Associate Professor of Public Relations

University of Georgia
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