Jeannette Sutton, PhD
Associate Professor

Department of Communication


Risk and Disaster Communication Center


University of Kentucky
jeannette.sutton@uky.edu

About Jeannette

Jeannette Sutton, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Sutton specializes in disaster and risk, with a primary focus on online informal communications, and public alerts and warnings disseminated via terse messaging channels. Much of her research investigates the evolving role of information and communication technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

 

Dr. Sutton has held numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Naval Research. Her research has been published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Proceedings of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management; Information, Communication, and Society; Health Communication, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is also a current member of the Advisory Board for the National Construction Safety Team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and she is a UK-CARES Fellow in Science Communication.  Jeannette holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder.

New Publications on Warnings

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Alerts and warnings on short messaging channels: 

Guidance from an expert panel process.
Sutton, J. & Kuligowski, E. (2019).

Natural Hazards Review. 20(2)


“Death was not in the agenda for the day”: 

Emotions, behavioral reactions, and perceptions in response to the 2018 Hawaii Wireless Alert. 

DeYoung, S.E., Sutton, J., Nichols, K., Farmer, A., and Neal, D. (2019). International Journal of Disaster Risk Research. In Press.


That’s a myth!  Teaching about disaster myths 

through experiential learning.

Sutton, J. & Kaufmann, R. (2018).

  International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.36(3) 287-296. 

Recent Presentations

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Click here for a recording of a NOAA/NWA VLab Forum August 2018 talk by Dr. Jeannette N Sutton titled "Build Community Before the Storm: Social Media Engagement for Crisis Communication"


Click here for a recording of a presentation made at the AMS Summer Community  Meeting (2015) on strategies for effective messaging on short channels  under imminent threat.


Click here for a recording of the presentation made at the American Meteorological Society 98th Annual Meeting

Jan 8, 2018 in Austin, TX
Social  Media Communication across the Weather Continuum: Introducing the  Social Media Engagement Model for the National Weather Service

Contact

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Jeannette Sutton

(303) 587-0498