Projects

Workshop:  Disaster Communication Redesigned.  Sutton, PI: Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this workshop is designed to bring together scholars from across academic disciplines to generate key agency-academic exchanges about emerging research needs relating to disaster communication problems. $49,000.

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Advancing Health Communication Research through the KCHC-DCHC Conference Series (2012-2017). Harrington, PI: Funded by the National Cancer Institute an dOffice of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. $125,000

AIHA Twinning Program grant for partnership with ZAMCOM (2008-2015). Barnes, Director; Anyaegbunam, Deputy Director: Funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to strengthen ZAMCOM’s institutional and administrative capacity, particularly with regard to media-based communication on the subject of HIV/AIDS, and bring expertise, particularly to address the deficiencies in the organization and management. $500,000

Hazards SEES Type 1:  End-to-end Development of Time-dependent Geo-targeted Alerts and Warnings Enabled by Dense Observations of the 2001 Tohoku Tsunami. Sutton, PI: Funded by California Institute of Technology to develop and model tsunami warning messages. $84,000.

Instructional Strategies for Tailoring Risk Communication Messaging, Year 4 (2014-2015). Sellnow & Sutton, PIs; Ivanov, Co-PI: Funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence: National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). $55,000

Instructional Strategies for Tailoring Risk Communication Messaging, Year 3 (2013-2014). Ivanov & Sellnow, Co-PIs: Funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence: National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). $35,000

Improving Adolescent Vaccination in Appalachia Kentucky (2012-2014). Cohen, PI: Funded by Merck IISP Project INSPIRE to use communication strategies to improve adolescent vaccination for HPV, meningitis, and other age-appropriate vaccines to improve prevention for HPV-related cancers and other infectious diseases in Appalachia Kentucky. $208,000

Advancing the Robust Case Study II, Year 3 (September 2012-August 2013). Veil, Co-PI: Funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense to assess the relationship between agency, organization, and industry communication to media and social media coverage and identify and refine message strategies that provide the most effective means for instructing victims on how to protect themselves during foodborne events. $149,835

Instructional Strategies for Tailoring Risk Communication Messaging, Year 2 (2012-2013). Sellnow & Veil, Co-PIs: Funded by the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events to provide an assessment of best practices for crisis communication and test inoculation messages that have the capacity to bolster public confidence even after a catastrophic event. $25,000

Community Resilience and Public Libraries: Post Crisis Information and Connectivity: (2012) Veil, Co-PI: Funded by the Natural Hazards Center to identify and describe the services and activities of public libraries related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in tornadic events. $1300

Commercializing Communication Science:  Weather Disaster Messaging Systems (2012). O'Hair, PI: Funded by the National Science Foundation-ICORPS.  $50,000

Advocacy for Non-Profit Causes in Kentucky (2012). O’Hair, PI: Funded by Voices for a Healthy Kentucky.  $10,000

Babies are Worth the Wait (2012). O’Hair, PI: Funded by the March of Dimes. $10,000

Community Engagement and Case Analysis: Methods for Developing Post-Incident Risk Communication Guidelines for an Intentional Biological Environmental Contamination (2011-2013). Cupp, PI; Veil, Anyaegbunam, Sellnow, & O’Hair, Co-Is: Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency for Research to Improve Risk Communication Strategies During and After the Decontamination/Clearance Phase of an Intentional Biological Release. $369,233

Advancing the Robust Case Study II, Year 2 (2011 – 2012). Sellnow & Veil, Co-PIs: Funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense to track traditional and social media coverage of food contamination outbreaks and test the veracity of messages used through experimental design. $144,730

Cervical Cancer-Free Kentucky Initiative (2011-2012). Cohen, Co-I: Funded by Glaxo-Smith-Kline to impact cervical cancer disparities in Kentucky through prevention of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection, timely screening and diagnosis, access to follow-up care and treatment, and changes in cervical cancer-related health policy. $750,000

Kentucky Association of Riverports (KAR) Outreach Project (2011–2012). Anyaegbunam, PI: Funded by the Kentucky Transportation Center, College of Engineering, University of Kentucky $26,630

Supplemental Vector Intervention Required to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis in the South Pacific (2011-2012). Anyaegbunam, Community Engagement Director & PI: Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $71,000

Instructional Strategies for Tailoring Risk Communication Messaging, Year 1 (2011–2012). Sellnow & Veil, Co-PIs: Funded by the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events to develop communication strategies to reduce fear and increase the likelihood of consumers taking appropriate actions to mitigate a terrorism event. $34,175

Digital Content Analysis Lab Expansion (2011-2012). Harrington, PI: Funded by Oak Ridge Associated Universities to track media coverage in hurricane prone areas. $15,000

Training Enhancement Program (2010-2011). Lane, Trainer: Funded by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Division of Compliance Assistance to enhance trainer competencies, ensure training content quality and consistency, and expand training assessment to include training fidelity and trainee knowledge metrics as well as trainee certification success and field compliance.

Improving Patient Safety: Healthcare Workers’ Flu Prevention Information Seeking Behaviors (2010-2011). Real, Co-PI: Funded by the College of Communications and Information Studies Grants for Collaborative and Innovative Work to improve patient safety by examining healthcare workers risk perceptions and information seeking behaviors related to prevention of seasonal and pandemic flu. $25,000

GO KNOW NOW: Empowering Positive Living in Kentucky (2010-2011). Huber, PI: Funded by the National Library of Medicine. $59,018

Advancing the Robust Case Study II, Year 1 (2010-2011). Sellnow & Veil, Co-PIs: Funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense to track media coverage and message convergence in food contamination outbreaks. $147,425

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2009-2014). Cohen, Co-I: The Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC) will provide a cancer prevention research infrastructure in the under-served area of rural KY Appalachia. The Center will engage the communities of this area in ongoing efforts directed toward reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates. $4,769,950

Web-based Substance Abuse STD/HIV Prevention (2009-2014). Helme, Co-I: Funded by the National Institute of Health to develop and test a model interactive website program. The website intervention promotes: 1) the use of condoms among those already sexually active, 2) reduction of substance use among those who have initiated use, 3) the reduction of combining sexual activity and substance abuse, and 4) the reinforcement of maintenance of abstinence for sexual behavior and substance use among adolescents who have not initiated this set of risk behaviors. $3,400,000

Learning by Doing: Engaging LIS Students in an Outreach Impact Study (2009-2011). Huber, PI: Funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. $39,642

Social Media Constraints and Opportunities Case Study and Industry White Paper (2009-2011). Veil, Co-PI: Funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense to generate feedback regarding the degree to which an organization’s messages are reported accurately in social media, including rumors and intentionality; the shifting levels of reported outrage; and the relationship between communication by relevant agencies, organizations, industries and key online stakeholders. $31,151

Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation Strategies in Free Clinics for the Uninsured: A Pilot Study (2009-2011). Helme, Co-I: Funded by the National Institute of Health to develop and test to provide formative data on the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies in free clinics. $370,000

Breathitt County Smokeless Tobacco Advocacy Campaign (2010). Parrish, PI; Cohen, Advisor: Funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to partner with the Breathitt County and Jackson City schools to develop and test messages designed to bolster tobacco-control norms within the tobacco-free school environment.

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Public End-state Vision Project (2009-2012). Anyaegbunam, Co-PI: Funded by the Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and Environment to integrate public, regulatory, and technical community visions and produce a publicly approved End State Report for the Paducah site. $162,381

Institute for Integration of Research on Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas (2009-2010). O’Hair & Veil, Instructors: Funded by the National Science Foundation to organize a two-week institute to identify, engage, and integrate a new generation of scholars and practitioners across the region with on-going studies and activities of leading organizations directed at climate change and hazards. $99,563

Extending the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Polytobacco Use at the University of Kentucky (2009). Cohen & Helme, Co-PIs: Funded by the University of Kentucky Research Foundation to develop a theoretical model to explain the social and behavioral factors directly and indirectly influencing polytobacco use among University of Kentucky students both before and after UK’s tobacco-free campus initiative. $19,994

Compliance Assistance for Construction, Renovation, and Demolition Contractors (2009). Real, Co-PI: Funded by the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance, Department of Environmental Protection to communicate numerous local, state, and federal codes, laws, and regulations governing environmental requirements to Kentucky construction contractors. $42,000

Communication Strategies to Reduce Cancer Disparities (2008-2013). Cohen, Co-I: Funded by the National Cancer Institute to explore ways to maximize the population benefit of cancer communication science by testing disparity reducing interventions in large-scale studies conducted in real world settings within existing cancer control systems, thus enhancing the potential for dissemination. $52,293

Examining the Hurricane Warning System: Content, Channels, and Comprehension (2008-2011). O’Hair, PI: Funded by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research to investigate hurricane forecast advisories and warnings by examining: 1) the process through which advisories and warnings are developed, and the resulting content; 2) the communication channels used by various actors in this process; and 3) how at-risk coastal residents, including more vulnerable populations, comprehend and react to specific components of advisories and warnings. $400,000

AIHA Twinning Program grant for partnership with ZAMCOM (2008-2011). Anyaegbunam, Deputy Director: Funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to strengthen ZAMCOM’s institutional and administrative capacity, particularly with regard to media-based communication on the subject of HIV/AIDS, and bring expertise, particularly to address the deficiencies in the organization and management. $400,000

Increasing Networks for Campus Awareness to Suicide and Emergencies (2008-2011). Harrington, Consultant: Funded by the University of Kentucky to improve campus awareness to suicide.

Risk Communication in Case of Intentional Food Contamination (2008-2010). Lane & Veil, Co-Is: Subcontract with the University of Southern California to conduct message testing on learning styles and their effect on behavioral intentions in a food contamination outbreak. $84,281

University of Kentucky Solar Decathlon Project (2008-2009). Anyaegbunam, Communication Team LeaderFunded by the US Department of Energy to engage students through a competition to design, finance, construct, and operate energy-efficient, solar-powered homes.

Encouraging Safe Dates: Reducing Intimate Partner Violence in South African Youth (2007-2010). Cupp, PI: This project involves the development of a school-based intervention designed to make youth aware intimate partner violence in adolescent relationships and provide them with the direction and opportunity to reduce such risky behavior in an effort to reduce HIV transmission.

Developing a Workplace Program to Reduce Alcohol Abuse and Risky Sex in Alaska (2007-2009). Cupp, Co-I: The major goal of this project is to develop a workplace-linked alcohol and STD prevention program for low wage earners in Anchorage, Alaska.

Targeting Mass Media Interventions for HIV, STD, and Pregnancy in India (2007-2009). Cupp, Co-I: Funded by National Institute of Mental Health to develop public service announcements related to safer sex and then conduct a rigorous time-series-based evaluation of a two-city television public service announcement campaign designed to delay sexual initiation among young adolescents.

Supplement for adapting Youth Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior in Bangkok to a Rural Population in India (2007-2009). Cupp, Co-PI: A single year supplemental study to begin a feasibility assessment of adapting a family-based prevention program to a rural population in India.

HIV/STD Prevention for High-Risk Youth in Liberia (2006-2011). Cupp, Co-I: Funded by National Institute for Child and Human Development to culturally adapt, implement, and evaluate an effective HIV/STD intervention among high risk Liberian youth aged 15-17 years; and to increase the capacity of the Liberian research team and community stakeholders to successfully implement the proposed study.

Youth Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior in Bangkok (2006-2010). Cupp, PI: Funded by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to conduct a four year feasibility study for adaptation of Family Matters (P.M.-U.S.), a universal prevention program for substance abuse that involves parents and adolescents, to the Thai culture.