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Amanda Boyd

Amanda Boyd, PhD, (Dane-zaa Metis) is an assistant professor of risk communication at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her research focuses on developing the tools and theory needed to improve the communication of environmental and health risks to rural and Indigenous populations. She conducts interdisciplinary research that draws from communication, rural sociology and Indigenous studies. Dr. Boyd has successfully completed projects where she was the PI or co-Investigator on university level, Canadian federal or Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded grants and has much experience working with Indigenous populations on research projects. She has mentored and trained Indigenous research assistants, designed health risk communication strategies with Inuit communities, and collaborated with Native lead organizations in research design. Currently, much of her research focuses on assessing, developing and evaluating health promotion and risk communication strategies for Indigenous populations. The primary goal of this research is to assess how cultural factors and sense of place affect risk perceptions and influence behavioral change. Results from these research efforts advance knowledge about how to effectively communicate environmental and health risks in a culturally appropriate manner.

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