Dr Vincent Covello
Meet Dr. Vincent Covello

At the helm of the Center for Risk Communication is Dr. Vincent Covello. Dr. Covello is one of the world’s leading experts and practitioners on the practice of risk, high-concern, and crisis communications and is the author of more than 150 articles in scientific journals and the author/editor of more than 20 books.

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Suggested Readings

Bok, S. Lying. Moral Choice in Public and Private Life. Macmillan. New York. 1989.

Chess C, Hance BJ, Sandman PM. Planning Dialogue with Communities: A Risk Communication Workbook. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University, Cook College, Environmental Communication Research Program. 1989

Covello VT, McCallum DB, Pavlova MT. “Principles and guidelines for improving risk communication.” In: Covello VT, McCallum DB, Pavlova MT, eds. Effective Risk Communication: The Role and Responsibility of Government and Non-government Organizations. New York, NY: Plenum Press. 1989.

Covello VT, Sandman PM. Risk communication: Evolution and revolution. In: Wolbarst A, ed. Solutions to an Environment in Peril. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press. 2001 (in press):164-178.

Covello VT. 1999. Risk communication, children’s health, and environmental tobacco smoke. In Proceedings of the World Health Organization Consultation on Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Children’s Health. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 1999.

Ekman, P. Telling Lies: Clues to Deception. New York. Norton. 1992.

Fischhoff B. Helping the public make health risk decisions. In: Covello VT, McCallum DB, Pavlova MT, eds. Effective Risk Communication: The Role and Responsibility of Government and Nongovernment Organizations. New York, NY: Plenum Press. 1989:111-116.

Fischoff B, Slovic P, Lichtenstein L, Read S, Combs B. How safe is safe enough? A psychometric study of attitudes towards technological risks and benefits. Policy Sciences. 1978. 9:127-152.

Fisher, R. and Ury, W. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. New York. Peguin. 1991.

Hance BJ, Chess C, Sandman PM. Industry Risk Communication Manual. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Lewis Publishers. 1990.

Johnson BB, Covello V. The Social and Cultural Construction of Risk: Essays on Risk Selection and Perception. D. Reidel Publishing. 1987.

Kahnemann D, Tversky A. Prospect theory: An analysis of decision under risk. Econometrica. 1979. 47(2):263-291.

Knapp, M. and Hall, J. Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction. Fort Worth. Harcourt Brace. 1992.

Krimsky S, Plough A. Environmental Hazards: Communicating Risks as a Social Process. Dover, MA: Auburn House. 1988.

Lofstedt RE, Renn O. The Brent Spar controversy: An example of risk communication gone wrong. Risk Analysis. 1997. 17(2):131-135.

McGuire WJ. Attitudes and attitude change. In:. Lindzey G, Aronson E, eds. The Handbook of Social Psychology. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. 1985.

Morgan G, Fischhoff B, Bostrom A, Lave L, Atman CJ. Communicating risk to the public. Environmental Science and Technology. 1992. 26(11): 2048-2056.

Morgan G, Fischhoff B. Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach. Cambridge University Press. 2001.

Morris, D. Body Talk: The Meaning of Human Gestures. Crown. New York. 1994.

National Research Council. Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society. Washington, D.C .:National Academy Press. 1996.

Peters RG, Covello VT, McCallum DB. The determinants of trust and credibility in environmental risk communication: An empirical study. Risk Analysis. 1997. 17(1):43-54.

Powell D, Leiss W. Mad Cows and Mother’s Milk: The Perils of Poor Risk Communication. Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 1997.

Renn O, Bums WJ, Kasperson JX, Kasperson RE, Slovic P. The social amplification of risk: Theoretical foundations and empirical applications. Journal of Social Science Issues. 1992. 48,137-6.

Rodgers EM. Diffusion of Innovation. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Free Press. 1983.

Rosenstock IM, Stretcher VJ, Becker MH. Social learning theory and the health belief model. Health Education Quarterly. 1988. 15(2):175-184.

Sandman PM. 1989. Hazard versus outrage in the public perception of risk. In: Covello VT, McCallum DB, Pavlova MT, eds. Effective Risk Communication: The Role and Responsibility of Government and Nongovernment Organizations. New York, NY: Plenum Press. 1989:45-49.

Seligman, M. Learned Optimism. New York. Knopf. 1991.

Seligman, M. The Optimistic Child. New York. Houghton. 1995.

Siegrist M, Cvetkovich G, Roth C. Salient value similarity, social trust, and risk/benefit perception. Risk Analysis. 2000. 20(3): 353-361.

Slovic P, Krauss N, Covello V. What should we know about making risk comparisons. Risk Analysis. 1990. 10: 389-392.

Tannen, D. You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. New York. Ballantine. 1990.

Tufte, Edward R. Envisioning Information. Graphics Press. 1990

Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press. 1983.

Tufte, Edward R. Visual Explanation. Graphics Press. 1996

Ury, W. Getting Past No. New York. Penguin. 1995.

Weinstein ND. Unrealistic optimism about future life events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 1980. 39:106-120.

Weinstein ND. Unrealistic optimism about susceptibility to health problems. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 1982. 5: 441-460.

Wildavsky A, Dake K. Theories of risk perception: Who fears what and why. Daedalus. 1990. 112:41-60.

Wildavsky A, Douglas M. Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers. University of California Press. 1983.