Liu & Janoske Join START Research Team

Assistant professor Brooke Liu and Ph.D. student Melissa Janoske join a two-year effort that will  develop, deliver, and evaluate a program focused on training U.S. local leaders on effective risk communication practices related to homeland-security threats.

Funded by a $542,556 contract from the Department of Homeland Security, the training curriculum will reflect the best scientific understanding of effective risk strategies and practices. Ultimately, the project will provide guidance to local leaders on how best to engage their communities to ensure that warning communications, when issued, will be understood and believed and that communications will prompt appropriate responses from the public.

The project is headed by Dr. Kathleen Smarick, Special Advisor to the Director at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START,, and Dr. Kate Izsak, START’s Education Director. Other team members include:

Dennis S. Mileti, Professor Emeritus from the Department of Sociology at University of Colorado at Boulder; Monica Schoch-Spana, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh; and Ben Sheppard, Lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

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