Jeannette Sutton (Ph.D., 2004, University of Colorado Boulder) joined the University of Kentucky, as an Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center in July, 2014. Trained as a sociologist, Jeannette’s primary focus is online informal communication in disaster, public alerts and warnings, and community resiliency. Much of her research investigates the evolving role of Information and Community Technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Jeannette is a Principal Investigator on multiple research projects including the use of Twitter for disaster communications, enhanced public warnings for tsunami, and public alerting using mobile devices. Jeannette has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Naval Research. Dr. Sutton holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center.

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Chike Anyaegbunam (Ph.D., 1994, University of Iowa) is Professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including public relations, communication theory and participatory communication. He specializes in designing participatory communication strategies and media for engaging communities in projects. Chike has served as a principal investigator or communication adviser for a variety of national and international development projects funded by the Pfizer and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) through the Appalachian Cancer Network, the World Bank, several agencies of the United Nations, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He is currently the director of the UK Dissemination and Implementation Sciences Consortium (DISC). He was the 1992-93 editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry and is the lead author of a book on participatory rural communication research. He has also co-authored articles published in several academic journals and book chapters on participatory rural communication research.

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Beth Barnes (Ph.D., 1990, Northwestern University) served as director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications from 2003 until 2015. She came to UK from Syracuse University. Her professional experience is in advertising and marketing communications; she worked in marketing management at United Air Specialists, corporate advertising research at IBM, and media research at DDB Worldwide. She is co-author of Strategic Brand Communication Campaigns, and has published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Advertising Education, and the Journal of Marketing Communications. Barnes is the college's point person for study abroad and teaches strategic communication courses in London, England and Cape Town, South Africa regularly. Barnes received a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Advertising and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.

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C. Sean Burns (Ph.D., 2013, University of Missouri) is an assistant professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. He conducts research in scientific communication and publishing and is above all interested in how information and communication technologies influence the expectations and practices of scientists and information professionals, such as academic librarians. Dr. Burns's particular curiosity is with how the creation of information, where that specifically applies to knowledge management practices, and the production and dissemination of information, where that refers to authorship, peer review, information storage and retrieval, and other social and technological elements, shape these expectations and practices. 
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Nancy Grant Harrington (Ph.D., 1992, University of Kentucky) is the Douglas A. and Carole A. Boyd Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky. She also holds an academic appointment in the School of Public Health and is a faculty associate of the Multidisciplinary Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. She has been a principal investigator, co-investigator or principal evaluator on several NIH-funded and CDC-funded studies totaling nearly $8.5 million. She has published close to 60 journal articles or chapters in outlets such as Health CommunicationCommunication MonographsCommunication Yearbook, and Health Education & Behavior, and she serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Health Communication and Science Communication.  She is co-editor of eHealth Applications: Promising Strategies for Behavior Change (Routledge, 2015) and editor of Health Communication: Theory, Method, and Application (Routledge, 2015).  She served as guest editor for special issues of Journal of Communication (“Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities,” 2013) and Health Communication (“Message Design in Health Communication Research,” 2015).  She served as chair to the Health Communication division of the National Communication Association from 2004-2005.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasive message design, health communication, interpersonal communication, communication theory, and research methods.  Her research focuses on persuasive message design in a health behavior change context, particularly as it relates to risk behavior prevention/health promotion and interactive, tailored health communication using computer technology.

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Don Helme (Ph.D., 2000, University of Kentucky) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. He also holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, within the Division of Public Health Sciences of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Helme has worked on projects examining the receptivity for and impact of tobacco control policies on college campuses; testing the efficacy of a media-based intervention targeted at reducing high sensation-seeking adolescents’ attitudes and intentions towards using tobacco and marijuana; assessing the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies in free medical clinics across North Carolina; and developing an interactive website for adolescents to promote safer-sex behaviors and a reduction in substance abuse. In partnership with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the Markey Cancer Center of the University of Kentucky, Dr. Helme is currently serving as the principal investigator of a project seeking to conduct a randomized control trial of the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience), which is a web-based anti-tobacco curriculum for adolescents. The curriculum will be adapted to meet the specific cultural needs of the rural Appalachian communities and then evaluated with students and teachers.

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Jeffrey T. Huber (Ph.D., 1991, University of Pittsburgh) is Director and Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. He teaches courses related to health information resources and services.  Teaching interests also include issues related to online learning.  His research primarily focuses on health information outreach/health literacy programming for marginalized or underserved populations.  His work has been published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, and Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. In addition, Huber was the lead editor for the sixth edition of Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences as well as the first edition of Health Librarianship: An Introduction.

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Bobi Ivanov (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in Communication at the College of Communication and Information and Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky. He studies consumer behavior and integrated strategic communication. His main research interests concern social influence (persuasion and resistance) and message design, processing, and retention. Ivanov’s theoretical work focuses on the study of inoculation theory, images, and attitudes and their composition, hierarchical structure, and function as applied in various contexts including commercial, health, intercultural, instructional, interpersonal, political, and crisis/risk management. His scholarship has appeared in over thirty convention presentations (five top paper awards), books, book chapters, and journal publications such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, The International Journal of the Image, Communication Reports, Journal of Communication, The Global Studies Journal, Health Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Communication Yearbook, Central Business Review, Communication Research Reports, and Human Communication Research, among others. He is a recipient of the “Distinguished Article Award” from the Communication and Social Cognition Division of the National Communication Association for the article titled “Inoculation and Mental Processing: The Instrumental Role of Associative Networks in the Process of Resistance,” which was published in Communication Monographs. Ivanov is also a recipient of the University of Oklahoma, Department of Communication’s H. Wayland Cummings Best Quantitative Dissertation Award.

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Derek R. Lane (Ph.D., 1996, University of Oklahoma) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication, an endowed professor in the UK College of Engineering, and former Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in Communication in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky (2005-2009). Dr. Lane’s research can be classified in the broad area of face-to-face and mediated message reception and processing to affect attitude and behavior change in instructional, organizational, and health contexts. His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation and appears in Risk Analysis, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Media Psychology, Communication Research Reports, Health Promotion Practice, American Journal of Communication, the Journal of Engineering Education and the Journal of Experimental Education among others  His expertise and professional training encompass specialty areas that include Team Building, Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Leadership, Communication Skills Training and Development, Technological Innovations in Organizations, and Business and Professional Speaking. He is certified by the Institute of Cultural Affairs as a professional trainer for Basic Group Facilitation Methods and Participatory Strategic Planning. 

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Dan O’Hair (Ph.D., 1982, University of Oklahoma) is Dean of the College of Communication and Information and Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky. In 2006, he served as the President of the National Communication Association, the world’s largest and oldest professional association devoted to the study of communication. He has published over ninety research articles and scholarly chapters in risk and health communication, public relations, business communication, media management, and psychology journals and volumes, and has authored and edited fifteen books in the areas of communication, risk management, health, and terrorism. His latest book was published in 2009 entitled The Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication (Routledge) for which he served as a senior editor and contributor. He has directed over twenty doctoral dissertations and served on over ninety doctoral and masters committees. He has been the principal investigator or Co-PI for several grants from business, non-profit, and government institutions totaling more than $10 million. Dr. O’Hair has served on the editorial boards of twenty-seven research journals and is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, published by the National Communication Association. Articles published in JACR have been referenced or reviewed by such publications as the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Communication Letter. He has served as an education and training consultant to dozens of private, non-profit and government organizations. 

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Kevin Real (Ph.D., 2002, Texas A&M University) is Associate Professor of Health and Organizational Communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. Real’s primary research and teaching focus is on communication in health care organizations with an emphasis on healthcare quality and safety in individual and team interactions. Much of his recent research focuses on safety communication in various contexts, including heath care, manufacturing and construction. Dr. Real takes a problem-focused approach to research. He is interested in how communication theory and research can provide opportunities for improving everyday life for workers and organizational stakeholders. His work has been published in the Handbook of Health Communication, Journal of Business and Psychology, Health Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Applied Communication Research

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Shari R. Veil, MBA, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Communication and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky where she oversees the recruitment, advisement, and retention of over 1600 undergraduate students in five majors across the college. Dr. Veil formerly served as the Director of the Risk Sciences Division coordinating research, funding, education, and training programs specific to risk and crisis communication. Her research interests include organizational learning in high-risk environments, community preparedness, and communication strategies for crisis management and she teaches courses in risk and crisis, organizational, and mass communication. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation’s Natural Hazards Center, the United States Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense and National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and published in venues such as the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Risk Analysis, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Business Communication, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Corporate Reputation Review, and Public Relations Review. Dr. Veil is Chair of the National Communication Association Public Relations Division and serves locally on the Lexington-Fayette County Local Emergency Planning Committee and Community Emergency Response Team.

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Sarah Vos (Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2016) is a postdoctoral research scholar in the College of Communication and Information. She currently works with Dr. Jeannette Sutton, examining risk messages on social media and factors that contribute to the retransmission of messages. Her most recent work examines communication on social media during health crises. Her research has been published in the Journal of Health Communication and Health Communication. She is the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards recognizing her academic accomplishments. Before studying at the University of Kentucky, Sarah worked as a journalist and editor. 

Sherali Zeadally is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science. Information about Dr. Zeadally is available on this webpage