Selected publications: Risk communication

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Atman, C.J., Bostrom, A., Fischhoff, B. & Morgan, M.G.. (1994). Designing risk communications: Completing and correcting mental models of hazardous processes, Part 1. Risk Analysis, 14, 779-788.

Bostrom, A., Atman, C.J., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M.G. (1994). Evaluating risk communications: Completing and correcting mental models of hazardous processes. Part 2. Risk Analysis, 14, 789-798.

Bruine de Bruin, W., Downs, J.S., & Fischhoff , B. (in press). Adolescents’ thinking about the risks and benefits of sexual behavior. In: Lovett, M. & Shah, P. (Eds.) Thinking with data. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Downs, J.S., Murray, P.J., Bruine de Bruin, W., White, J.P., Palmgren, C. & Fischhoff, B. (in press). Interactive Video Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Adolescent Females' STD Risk: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Social Science & Medicine.

Downs, J. S., Bruine de Bruin, W., Fischhoff, B., Hesse, B., & Maibach, E. (in press). How people think about cancer: A mental models approach. In D. O’Hair (ed.), Handbook of risk and crisis communication. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Eggers, S.L., & Fischhoff, B. (2004). A defensible claim? Behaviorally realistic evaluation standards. Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, 23, 14-27.

Fischhoff, B. (in press). Risk perception and health behavior. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallson, J. Weinman & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health, and Medicine (2nd edition) (pp. 187-191). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fischhoff, B. (2006, May). Communication: Getting straight talk right. Harvard Business Review, 8.

Fischhoff, B. (2005, August 7). A hero in every aisle seat. New York Times. Reprinted in Houston Chronicle, August 8, 2005.

Fischhoff, B. (2005). Decision research strategies. Health Psychology, 21(4), S9-16.

Fischhoff, B. (2005, December 14). Scientifically sound pandemic risk communication. House Science Committee Briefing.

Fischhoff, B. (2005, October 2). We need the right words to weather the next storm.. Washington Post Outlook Section, B5.

Fischhoff, B. (in press). Risk perception and communication. In D. Kamien (ed.), McGraw-Hill Handbook of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Fischhoff, B. (2002). Assessing and communicating the risks of terrorism. In A.H. Teich, S.D. Nelson, & S.J. Lita (Eds.), Science and technology in a vulnerable world (pp. 51-64). Washington, DC: AAAS.

Fischhoff, B. (2002). Risk perception, risk communication, risk taking. Journal of Psychology and Financial Markets, 3, 102-111.

Fischhoff, B. (2001). Understanding public values and attitudes related to ecological risk management. Chair’s summary. EPA/SAB Workshop. Washington, DC, May 23 & 24, 2001.

Fischhoff, B. (2000). Need to know: Analytical and psychological criteria. Roger Williams University Law Review, 6, 55-79.

Fischhoff, B. (1999). What do patients want? Help in making effective choices. Effective Clinical Practice, 2, 198-200.

Fischhoff, B. (1999). Why (cancer) risk communication can be hard. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs, 25, 7-13.

Fischhoff, B. (1998). Communicate unto others... Reliability Engineering and System Safety , 59, 63-72.

Fischhoff, B. (1996). Public values in risk research. Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, 545, 75-84.

Fischhoff, B. (1995). Risk perception and communication unplugged: Twenty years of process. Risk Analysis, 15, 137-145.

Fischhoff, B. (1992). Giving advice: Decision theory perspectives on sexual assault. American Psychologist, 47, 577-588.

Fischhoff, B. (1990). Psychology and public policy: Tool or tool maker? American Psychologist, 45, 57-63.

Fischhoff, B. (1989). Risk: A guide to controversy. Apendix to National Research Council. Improving risk communications (pp. 211-319). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Fischhoff, B. (1987). Treating the public with risk communications: A public health perspective. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 12, 13-19.

Fischhoff, B. (1985). Managing risk perceptions. Issues in Science and Technology, 2, 83-96.

Fischhoff, B., Bostrom, A., & Quadrel, M.J. (2002). Risk perception and communication. In R. Detels, J. McEwen, R. Beaglehole & H. Tanaka (Eds.), Oxford textbook of public health. (pp. 1105-1123). London: Oxford University Press.

Fischhoff, B., & Downs, J. (1997). Accentuate the relevant. Psychological Science, 8, 1-5.

Fischhoff, B., & Downs, J. (1997). Overt and covert communication about emerging foodborne pathogens. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 3, 489-495.

Fischhoff, B., & Eggers, S. (2006). Mental models of warning decisions: Identifying information needs. In M. Wogalter (ed.), The handbook of warnings (p. 279-287). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Fischhoff, B., & Eggers, S. (in press). The content of warnings: A behavioral decision research approach. In M. Wogalter (ed.), The handbook of warnings. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Fischhoff, B., Riley, D., Kovacs, D., & Small, M. (1998). What information belongs in a warning? A mental models approach. Psychology and Marketing, 15, 663-686.

Fischhoff, B., & Wesseley, S. (2003). Managing patients with inexplicable health problems. British Medical Journal, 326, 595-597.

Florig, K., & Fischhoff, B. (in press). Individuals’ decisions affecting radiation exposure after a nuclear event. Health Physics Journal.

Gregory, R., Fischhoff, B., Butte, G., & Thorne, S. (in press). A multi-channel stakeholder consultation process for energy deregulation. Energy Policy.

Morgan, K.M., DeKay, M.L., Fischbeck, P.S., Morgan, M.G., Fischhoff, B., & Florig, H.K. (2001). A deliberative method for ranking risks (2): Evaluation of validity and agreement among risk managers. Risk Analysis, 21, 923-938.

Morgan, M.G., Fischhoff, B., Bostrom, A., & Atman, C. (2001). Risk communication: The mental models approach. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Morgan, M.G., Fischhoff, B., Bostrom, A., Lave, L., & Atman, C.J. (1992). Communicating risk to the public. Environmental Science and Technology, 26, 2048-2056.

Riley, D.M., Fischhoff, B., & Small, M. (2001). An integrative approach for label evaluation and design. In M.S. Wogalter, S.L. Young & K,R. Laughery (Eds.). Human Perspectives on Warnings, Volume 2. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Riley, D.M., Fischhoff, B., & Small, M., & Fischbeck, P. Behaviorally realistic regulation. (2001). In P.S. Fischbeck & S. Farrow (Eds.), Improving regulation: Cases in environment, health, and safety (pp. 145-164). Washington, DC: Resources for the Future.