Funded Projects

Risk Communication during food recalls

Investigator: Xiaoli Nan (Principal Investigator)
Funding Source: Food and Drug Administration through the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

This project investigates industry (produce growers and retailers) and consumer responses to media reports of food recalls.

Message framing and HPV vaccination

Investigator: Xiaoli Nan (Principal Investigator)
Funding Source: National Cancer Institute

This research examines the effectiveness of health communication messages targeted at improving acceptance of HPV vaccination among caregivers of African American girls.

Developing effective H1N1 influenza vaccine risk communication messages for older adults

Investigator: Xiaoli Nan (Principal Investigator)
Funding Source: National Science Foundation through the University of Maryland ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence

This project investigates the role of message framing in persuading older adults to uptake the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Effect and Effectiveness of Counterterrorism Measures

Investigator: Brooke Liu (Lead Investigator)
Funding Source: Department of Homeland Security via the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Four-year project aimed at developing a database of counterterrorism measures taken against give terrorist groups/movements including communication measures.

Integrating diffusion of innovations theory to develop a women’s health social marketing initiative

Investigator: Beth Sundstrom (Principal Investigator)
Funding Source: The Brown University Healthy Communities Initiative

This dissertation study integrates diffusion of innovations theory with social marketing to better understand women’s health and the health of their families. This study seeks to understand what women know, believe, value, and say will help them to improve their health and by extension, the health of their children and family members.