ArielyDan Ariely, PhD is the James B. Duke Proffesor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. Dan studies how pepole actually act in the marketplace, as opposed to how they should or would if they were rational beings. Dan's bestselling books about behavioral economics include Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, The Upside of Irrationality, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, and most recently, Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles.For further details


Prof. James J. James

James J. James, MD, DrPH, MHA is Executive Director of the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, brings over 30 years of experience in the public and private health care sectors as a clinician, researcher, professional personnel manager and program director. He is Editor-in-chief of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, one of the most important journals in the field of disaster medicine and public health, and a Board member of the National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF). For the last decade, he was Director of the American Medical Association (AMA) Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, which oversaw the development and deployment of the National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) suite of courses (over 110,000 medical and public health personnel trained) as well as other innovative mass casualty developments such as the Health Security Smart Card and the Citizen Ready preparedness and recovery training modules. Dr James has served on many federal and private boards and committees in major policy and research functions in disaster medicine and public health. For further details

Dr. Jody LanardJody Lanard, MD is a psychiatrist and risk communication consultant specializing in public health crisis communication planning for disease outbreaks and disasters (natural and intentional). Many of Dr. Lanard’s terrorism and outbreak communication articles, most coauthored with Peter Sandman, can be found at In 2004, Dr. Lanard drafted the background document and preliminary recommendations for WHO’s “Outbreak Communication Guidelines”, which were finalized and endorsed by Member States in early 2005. Dr. Lanard sees the public as more resilient than many officials realize. She urges officials to base communications policy on candor; early public involvement; sharing worst-case scenarios; acknowledging uncertainty and dilemmas; admitting problems and errors – and expecting the public to bear it. For further details

Prof. R. Craig LefebvreR. Craig Lefebvre, PhD is an architect and designer of public health and social change programs. He is the chief maven at socialShift, the social|design, marketing and media consultancy located in Sarasota, FL. His framework blends empirical research and consumer experience to engage people’s imagination and passions in the design, implementation and evaluation of purpose-driven marketing programs. Dr. Lefebvre also holds appointments as a Research Professor at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, University of Maryland School of Public Health and the University of South Florida College of Public Health. His current research focuses on applying design thinking, social media and mobile technologies in social marketing and public health programs. For further details  

Prof. Emilio MordiniEmilio Mordini, MD, MA has been trained as a psychoanalyst and has practiced for more than 30 years. He was partner of the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research (1986-01). He taught bioethics in the Medical School of the University “La Sapienza” (1994-05) and served as a member (1996-04) and scientific secretary (2000-03) of the Bioethical Commission of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He founded and directed (2002-13) the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC). He is a leading keynote speakers, and has extensively published in academic peer reviewed publications and edited various books. He chairs Responsible Technology, a Paris based consultancy devoted to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and anticipatory governance. Emilio is Associate Researcher at the Haifa University Health and Risk Communication Center and Academic Supervisor at the Certificate of Advanced Studies “Biometrics & Privacy” – Universitäre Fernstudien Schweiz. He serves in a number of scientific and editorial boards and is Associate Editor of Bioethics. For further details  

ASinghalrvind Singhal, PhD is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative in UTEP’s Department of Communication. He is also appointed, since 2009-2010, as the William J. Clinton teaches and conducts research in the diffusion of innovations, the positive deviance approach, organizing for social change, the entertainment-education strategy, and liberating interactional structures. His research and outreach spans sectors such as health, education, peace, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, democracy and governance, and corporate citizenship. For further details  

SandmanPeter M. Sandman, PhD is the creator of the “Risk = Hazard + Outrage” formula for risk communication, Peter M. Sandman is one of the preeminent risk communication speakers and consultants in the United States today, and has also worked extensively in Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. His unique and effective approach to managing risk controversies has made him much in demand for other sorts of reputation management as well. A Rutgers University professor from 1977 to 1995, Dr. Sandman founded the Environmental Communication Research Program (ECRP) at Rutgers in 1986, and was its Director until 1992. During that time, ECRP published over 80 articles and books on various aspects of risk communication. In 1995 Dr. Sandman left the university and became a full-time consultant. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University in 1971. For further details

 FischoffBaruch Fischhoff, PhD is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the departments of Institute for Politics and Strategy and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an MA and PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He was founding chair of the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and recently chaired the National Research Council Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and currently co-chairs the National Research Council Committee on Future Research Goals and Directions for Foundational Science in Cybersecurity and the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication.” For further details

KaplanMartin Kaplan, PhD is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at USC Annenberg. His uncommonly broad career has also spanned government and politics, the entertainment industry and journalism. He served as chief speechwriter to Vice President Walter F. Mondale, and also as executive assistant to the U.S. Commissioner of Education, Ernest L. Boyer. As deputy campaign manager of Mondale’s presidential race, he directed the campaign’s speechwriting, issues, and research operations. He also worked with Boyer on education policy while a program officer at the Aspen Institute, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and a senior advisor at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For further details

 KrepsGary L. Kreps, PhD is a University Distinguished Professor of the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Communication Research, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Consumer-Provider Health Communication, Health Communication Campaigns, and E-Health Communication. Dr. Kreps received his BA and his MA in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his PhD from the University of Southern California. Dr. Kreps' areas of expertise include health communication and promotion, information dissemination, organizational communication, information technology, multicultural relations, risk/crisis management, health informatics, and applied research methods. He is the Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, serves on the Governing Board of the Center for Social Science Research, and is a faculty affiliate of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices, Center for Climate Change Communication, the Center for Consciouness and Transformation, and the Center for Health Information Technology, at George Mason. For further details

RubinDonald Rubin, PhD is emeritus professor in the Departments of Speech Communication and Language and Literacy Education and in the Program in Linguistics. He served as Head of the Speech Communication Department (1994-2000) and Faculty Fellow at the University System of Georgia (2000-2001). Rubin edited the National Communication Association journal Communication Education (2003-2006). He is presently senior scientist at UGA's Center for Health and Risk Communication and affiliated with UGA's Center for Global Health. He has served as adjunct professor at Emory University's Candler School of Theology (English for Academic Purposes program) and visiting professor at Haifa University (Israel) School of Public Health. He also serves as research director for GLOSSARI, a research initiative pertaining to study abroad learning outcomes. Rubin's current research projects cross three themes: (1) health literacy, especially interactive or interpersonal health literacy; (2) student learning outcomes accruing from study abroad; and (3) evaluational reactions to non-native speakers of English; including the impact of those responses on assessment processes. His current training efforts focus on (a) health literacy and health insurance literacy for insurance navigators and consumers and (b) intercultural communication competence for public health professionals. Rubin has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on grants and contracts funded by such agencies as FIPSE, NCI, NIA, CDC, International Research Studies (ED), and the Legacy Foundation. He is founding chair of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy. For further details

ThompsonTeri Thompson, PhD primary research interests focus upon health communication and gender and communication. For the last few years, she has been examining messages that impact organ donation preferences. However, other areas of interest have included ethics in health communication and coping with bereavement. Her research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, such as Human Communication Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Social Science and Medicine. However, she has also been more widely read through publications in sources like The Wall Street Journal and Glamour, as well as having her work mentioned on the Tonight Show. The impact of Teri's scholarship in our discipline would be hard to overstate. In addition to eight books and monographs and approximately 70 scholarly articles and chapters, she has also served as editor of Health Communication for over 20 years. She has been honored by the National Communication Association for her contributions to the field of health communication. Teri has also contributed to UD with outstanding teaching and service. She has directed over 20 master's theses, and has served since 2002 in the Women's Center Mentoring Program Working Group. In 2002 she was recognized with UD's highest award in teaching, the Alumni Award in Teaching. For further details