Other Affiliated Researchers

Linda Aldoory

Linda Aldoory

Dr. Linda Aldoory (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1998) is Endowed Chair and Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and associate professor in the Department of Behavioral & Community Health. She conducts research in health communication and risk communication, specifically examining how campaigns, news and mobile messaging impact underserved women and adolescents. She is former editor of the Journal of Public Relations Research. She has won several research paper awards and is published in Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Yearbook, and Journal of Public Relations Research. Her most recent book chapters are in the Handbook of Health Communication, and the Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication. Aldoory has been recipient of research grants from the USDA, FDA, the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also consults for various health and social service agencies, including CDC and ICF Macro International.

Cheryl L. HoltCheryl L. Holt

Dr. Cheryl L. Holt, PhD, FAAHB, is Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Co-Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research, in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She is a member of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Her health disparities research involves community-based health communication studies, and the role of culture in health cognitions and behaviors. Specifically, Dr. Holt’s research examines religious involvement and health among African Americans, and using religion/spirituality to frame breast, prostate, and colon cancer early detection messages for this population. She has two ongoing projects in the Prince George’s County area focusing on cancer early detection in African American churches. More recently her intervention work has added a behavioral translational research focus.

Carl W. LejuezCarl W. Lejuez

Dr. Carl W. Lejuez received his Ph.D. in 2000 from West Virginia University and completed a Clinical Internship at the Brown University Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium in 2000. He joined the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Maryland in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2008. Dr. Lejuez's research is translational in nature, applying laboratory methods to understand real world clinical problems and then applying this knowledge to develop novel assessment and treatment strategies. His research spans the clinical domains of addictions, personality pathology, and mood disorders, and he is most interested in the common processes across these conditions. Dr. Lejuez holds several leadership positions including Founder and Director of the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER), Director of a NIDA T32 institutional training grant at the intersection of basic science and addictions treatment development, and Founding Editor of the Journal entitled Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. Dr. Lejuez also is very committed to teaching and mentorship. His students publish and attain NIH funding at a high rate and also successfully pursue top clinical science internships and sought after positions after graduating. He received the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Mentorship Award in 2006.


Clare NarrodClare Narrod

Clare Narrod received her Ph.D. in Energy Management and Environmental Policy in 1997 and her M.S. in International Development and Appropriate Technology both from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998-2000 she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Risk Analysis Fellow at USDA. Prior to coming to JIFSAN, she was at the International Food Policy Research Institute where she conducted research to improve food and water safety along the value chains of poor producers. In the past, she worked at the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the United States Department of Agriculture and at the Food and Agriculture Organization. She has also consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. Recent research interests have been to identify cost-effective aflatoxin and avian flu risk reduction measures for economically disadvantaged producers in developing countries, and understanding the role of public-private partnerships in improving market access for the poor. Currently she is working with FDA to develop metrics to evaluate the impact of food safety train the trainers programs in developing countries. She has field experience in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand, Mali, Mexico, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Ben SheppardBen Sheppard

Ben Sheppard’s research focuses on the political and psychological consequences of man-made and natural disasters on population centers, and risk communication strategies to elicit desired behaviors. Dr Sheppard holds a Ph.D. in the terror of strategic terrorism from King’s College London. Research includes investigating societal ripple effects from terrorist attacks and risk communication strategies based on fear and anger, developing risk communication guides for emergency managers as part of a risk communication training and simulation project at START. Sheppard was a principal investigator for an Improvised Nuclear Device Communications study, and ran a war game simulation project at King’s College London. As a futurist at the Institute for Alternative Futures, Sheppard employs scenarios to identify national security challenges and opportunities. Recent projects include cyber security and hardware hacking scenarios 2022. Dr Sheppard’s research has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, the UK government, and pharmaceutical companies. He has also collaborated with CREATE at the University of California. Sheppard is the author of Psychology of Strategic Terrorism (Routledge, 2009). Sheppard teaches the graduate courses Political Risk Analysis and Global Terrorism at George Washington University. He is also an Adjunct Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Xiaoquan ZhaoXiaoquan Zhao

Xiaoquan Zhao (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is associate professor in the Department of Communication, George Mason University. Dr. Zhao’s general research areas are health and risk communication, persuasion, media effects, and information seeking. The substantive topics of his work include smoking, drug use, cancer, medical adherence, and climate change. Dr. Zhao’s recent projects include research on the effectiveness of graphic warning labels on cigarette packets, evaluation of climate change communication campaigns featuring TV meteorologists as message sources, and studies of self-affirmation as a method to reduce resistance to health and risk communication messages. Dr. Zhao’s has published in leading journals both within and outside of the field of communication, such as the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and Nature Climate Change. His work has been supported by both public and private foundations such as the National Science Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Merck & Co., Inc.

Gregory ZimetGregory Zimet

Dr. Gregory Zimet is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Adolescent Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as co-leader of the IU Simon Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Duke University in 1985 and completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Zimet moved to his present position at Indiana University in 1993. His research addresses psychosocial/behavioral issues associated with acceptance of biomedical approaches to the prevention and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections, with a primary focus on behavioral and social determinants of HPV vaccination. His research has also included randomized controlled evaluations of brief message interventions designed to influence decisions about HPV and HBV vaccination and HIV testing. Dr. Zimet particularly enjoys and values the interdisciplinary collaboration inherent in his research and regularly works with colleagues from other disciplines, including medicine, marketing, nursing, and public health. He recently organized an HPV Research Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, which is comprised of 22 faculty members whose research interests range from basic laboratory science to social science and public health.

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