Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science

Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science

By: Lauren G. Fasig (editor), Melissa K. Welch-Ross (editor)Paperback

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This Handbook assembles for the first time in a single volume research, scholarship and practices from across relevant disciplines and professions to give a coherent picture of the communication and dissemination of behavioral science, the main actors, contemporary themes and approaches, key challenges, and the broader conditions that influence whether and how the work occurs. Contributors include: behavioral scientists; journalism and communication scholars; mass media reporters, editors and producers from print, television and radio; representatives of think tanks and advocacy organizations; and professional communicators from a university, a scientific society, and a national social issue campaign. All bring an accomplished record of sharing behavioral science to inform policy, mass media, service professions, and the public. Though scholarly, the book brings together leading authorities who are both doers and thinkers to offer insights into how the work is done and to illuminate the underlying conceptual and empirical issues. The book also advances the dissemination and communication of behavioral research as an area of scientific inquiry in is own right, one that holds vast opportunities for the field of behavioral science. Contributors offer recommendations for programs of research that should be at the top of the research agenda.As a book of core readings written to be accessible to both professionals and students, the book is poised to be a staple of any serious attempt to introduce behavioral scientists to key issues in communicating and disseminating behavioral science and to advance their capacity to understand and conduct the work. It is also an unrivaled resource for student and professional science communicators seeking to learn more about the challenges of communicating behavioral research.

About Author

Melissa Welch-Ross (Ph.D., University of Florida) is Associate Professor of Psychology at George Mason University, where she joined the faculty in 2005 after holding federal government positions responsible for stimulating new research to bridge basic and applied science and applying existing research to practices and policies in early childhood education. Lauren G. Fasig (Ph.D. & J.D., University of Florida) is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida. She was founder and director of the Office of Policy and Communication for the Society for Research in Child Development, where she conducted the communications and dissemination activities of the society, including press relations, media activities, Congressional outreach and education, and media and advocacy training for the SRCD membership.


Introduction - Melissa K. Welch-Ross, Lauren G. Fasig Part 1: Some Conceptual and Practical Issues Chapter 1: A Perspective on the History and Future of Disseminating Behavioral and Social Science - Robert B. McCall, Christina J. Groark Chapter 2: Science Communication Scholarship: Themes and Future Directions - Michael Weigold, Debbie Treise, Paula Rausch Chapter 3: Journalistic Practice and Coverage of the Behavioral and Social Sciences - Sharon Dunwoody Chapter 4: Communicating the Complexities and Uncertainties of Behavioral Science - S. Holly Stocking, Johnny V. Sparks Chapter 5: Communicating Basic Behavioral Science Beyond the Discipline: Reflections from Social Psychology - John F. Dovidio, Samuel L. Gaertner Chapter 6: Beyond University Walls: Disseminating Behavioral Science Outside of the Academy - Stacy Ann Hawkins, Diane F. Halpern, Sherylle J. Tan Part 2: Understanding Mass Media Priorities and Processes Chapter 7: Television News - Andrea Gitow Chapter 8: National Public Radio - Rachel Jones Chapter 9: Newspapers - Tom Siegfried Chapter 10: Magazines - Sally Lehrman Part 3: Communicating with the Public Chapter 11: Making the News Interview A Success for You and the Reporter - Rhea K. Farberman Chapter 12: From the Lab to the Living Room: Stories that Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk - Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Golinkoff Chapter 13: Working with Science Information Specialists - Earle M. Holland Chapter 14: The Internet - Nancy Martland, Fred Rothbaum Part 4: Communicating with Plolicymakers Chapter 15: A Knowledge Utilization Framework for Making Behavioral Science Useful to Policymakers - Robert F. Rich Chapter 16: Working with the Federal Government - Angela Sharpe Chapter 17: Working with State Governments - Bill Albert, Sarah S. Brown Chapter 18: Think Tanks and Advocacy Organizations - Karabelle Pizzigati Part 5: Disseminating Behavioral Science to Service Professions Chapter 19: Disseminating Behavioral Medicine Research to Practitioners: Recommendations for Researchers - Kimberlee J. Trudeau, Karina W. Davidson Chapter 20: Advancing Education through Behavioral Science: False Starts, Broken Promises and Light on the Horizon - G. Reid Lyon, Elayne Esterline Chapter 21: Disseminating Effective Approaches to Drug Use Prevention - Mary Ann Pentz Chapter 22: Disseminating and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Mental Health - David A. Chambers Chapter 23: Behavioral Science in the Military - Janice H. Laurence Conclusion: Contemporary Themes and Future Directions - Melissa K. Welch-Ross, Lauren G. Fasig

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412940313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 472
  • ID: 9781412940313
  • ISBN10: 1412940311

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