Selected publications: Health

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Aiken, A.M., Gold, M.A., & Parker, A.M. (in press). That was then, this is now... Changes in young women's awareness, attitudes, and perceived barriers to using emergency contraception. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Bruine de Bruin, W., Downs, J.S., & Fischhoff, B. (2007). Adolescents’ thinking about the risks and benefits of sexual behavior. In: Lovett, M.C. & Shah, P. (Eds.) Thinking with data. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 421-439.

Bruine de Bruin, W., Downs, J.S., Fischhoff, B., & Palmgren, C. (2007). Development and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS knowledge measure for adolescents focusing on misunderstood concepts. HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth, 8, 35-57.

Bruine de Bruin, W., Fischhoff, B., Brilliant, L., & Caruso, D. (2006). Expert judgments of pandemic influenza. Global Public Health 1(2), 178-193.

Byram, S., Fischhoff, B., Embrey, M., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Thorne, S. (2001). Mental models of women with breast implants regarding local complications. Behavioral Medicine, 27, 4-14.

Casman, E., Fischhoff, B., Palmgren, C., Small, M., & Wu, F. (2000). Integrated risk model of a drinking waterborne Cryptosporidiosis outbreak. Risk Analysis, 20, 493-509.

Casman, E., Fischhoff, B., Small, M., Dowlatabadi, H., Morgan, M.G., & Rose, J. (2001). Climate change and cryptosporidiosis A qualitatitive analysis. Climate Change, 50, 219-249.

Downs, J.S., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Fischhoff, B. (in press). Parents’ Vaccination Comprehension and Decisions. Vaccine.

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.

Downs, J.S., Bruine de Bruin, W., Murray, P.J., & Fischhoff, B. (2006). Specific STI knowledge may be acquired too late. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, 65-67.

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

Fischhoff, B. (2005). Decision research strategies. Health Psychology, 21, S1-S8.

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. (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. (1984). Setting standards: A systematic approach to managing public health and safety risks. Management Science, 30, 823-843.

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

Fischhoff, B., Fischhoff, I., Casman, E., & Dowlatabadi, H. (in press). Integrated assessment of malaria risk. In E. Casman & H. Dowlatabadi (Eds.), Contextual determinants of malaria. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future.

Fischhoff, B., Furby, L., & Morgan, M. (1987). Rape prevention: A typology and list of strategies. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2, 292-308.

Fischhoff, B. & Merz, J.F. (1994). The inconvenient public: Behavioral research approaches to reducing product liability risks. In J.R. Hunziker & T.O. Jones (Eds.), Product liability and innovation (pp. 159-189). Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

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

Furby, L. & Fischhoff, B. (in press). Rape self-defense strategies: A review of their effectiveness. Victimology.

Furby, L., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M. (1992). Preventing rape: How people perceive the options of defending oneself during an assault. In E.C. Viano (Ed.), Critical issues in victimology: International perspectives (pp. 174-189). New York: Springer Publishers.

Furby, L., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M. (1991). Rape prevention and self-defense: At what price? Women's Studies International Forum, 14, 49-62.

Furby, L., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M. (1990). Preventing rape: How people perceive the options for assault prevention. In E. Viano (Ed.), The victimology research handbook, (pp 227-259). New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.

Furby, L., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M. (1989). Judged effectiveness of common rape prevention and self-defense strategies. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 4, 44-64.

Gold, M. A., Wolford, J. E., Smith, K. A., & Parker, A. M. (2004). The effects of advance provision of emergency contraception on adolescent women's sexual and contraceptive behaviors. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynocology, 17, 87-96.

Lichtenstein, S., Slovic, P., Fischhoff, B, Layman, M. & Combs, B. (1978). Judged frequency of lethal events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Memory, 4, 551-578.

Linville, P.W., Fischer, G.W., & Fischhoff, B. (1993). AIDS risk perceptions and decision biases. In J.B. Pryor & G.D. Reeder (Eds.), The social psychology of HIV infection (pp. 5-38). Hillsdale, NJ Erlbaum.

Mendelsohn, A.B., Belle, S.H., Fischhoff, B., Wisniewski, S.R., Degenholtz, H,, Chelluri, L. (2002). How patients feel about prolonged mechanical ventilation 1 yr later. Critical Care Medicine. 30, 1439-1445.

Merz, J.F. & Fischhoff, B. (1990). Informed consent does not mean rational consent: Cognitive limitations on decision making. Journal of Legal Medicine, 11, 321-350.

Merz, J., Fischhoff, B., Mazur, D.J., & Fischbeck, P.S. (1993). Decision-analytic approach to developing standards of disclosure for medical informed consent. Journal of Toxics and Liability, 15, 191-215.

Morgan, M. G., Slovic, P., Nair, I., Geisler, D., MacGregor, D., Fischhoff, B., Lincoln, D., & Florig, K. (1985). Powerline frequency and magnetic fields: A pilot study of risk perceptions. Risk Analysis, 5, 139-149.

Riley, D.M., Fischhoff, B., Small, M., & Fischbeck, P. (2001). Evaluating the effectiveness of risk-reduction strategies for consumer chemical products. Risk Analysis, 21, 357-369.

Riley, D.M., Small, M.J., & Fischhoff, B. (2000). Modeling methylene chloride exposure-reduction options for home paint-stripper users. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 10, 240-250.

Schwartz, L.M., Woloshin, S., Sox, H.C., Fischhoff, B., & Welch, H.G. (2000). US women’s attitudes to false positive mammograpy results and detection of ductal carcinoma in-situ: Cross-sectional survey. British Medical Journal, 320, 1635-1640.

Shaklee, H. & Fischhoff, B. (1990). The psychology of contraceptive surprises: Judging the cumulative risk of contraceptive failure. Journal of Applied Psychology, 20, 385-403.

Silverman, E., Woloshin, S., Schwartz, L.M., Byram, S., Welch, H.G., & Fischhoff, B. (2001). Women’s views of breast cancer risk and screening mammography: A qualitative interview study. Medical Decision Making, 21, 231-240.

Slovic, P. & Fischhoff, B. (1983). Targeting risks: Comments on Wilde's "Theory of Risk Homeostasis." Risk Analysis, 2, 231-238.

Svenson, O. Fischhoff, B., & MacGregor, D. (1985). Perceived driving safety. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 17, 119-133.

Wittenberg, E., Goldie, S.J., Fischhoff, B., Graham, J.D. (2003). Rationing decisions and individual responsibility in illness: Are all lives equal? Medical Decision Making. 23, 194-221.

Woloshin S, Schwartz L.M., Byram S.J., Sox H.C., Fischhoff B., Welch H.G. Women's understanding of the mammography screening debate. Archives of Internal Medicine, 160, 1434-1440.