Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

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Faculty & Staff

Patric R. Spence, PhD

  • Associate Professor, College of Communication, University of Kentucky
  • Telephone: 859.257.3435

Additional Information

Patric R. Spence is Associate Professor in the College of Communication at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on crisis and risk communication, examining audience perceptions of risk and emergency messages produced by emergency management, organizations, government and news agencies. Specifically, looking at how these messages motivate various publics to take action in light of perceived threats during the life-cycle of a crisis. Other research examines how the physical and psychological needs of underserved populations are handled in the context of public health events and disasters; industry response, and the role of new media in disaster preparation, response and recovery. He has written widely on the issues of race and class surrounding Hurricane Katrina and issues of gender and information seeking in disasters.

His research has recently been cited in the National Consensus Statement on Integrating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities into Public Health Emergency Preparedness, released by the Office of Minority Health, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent work has been published in Risk Analysis, Communication Research Reports, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Black Studies, the Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Communication Theory, and Sociological Spectrum. Recent book chapters can be found in Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States (Carolina Academic Press), Minority Resiliency and the Legacy of Disaster (Forthcoming, Edwin Mellen Press) and Interracial Communication: Contexts, Communities, and Choices (Kendal/Hunt).

He is available for media contact or consulting.

Patric R. Spence is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. His research focuses on crisis and risk communication, examining audience perceptions of risk and emergency messages produced by emergency management, organizations, government and news agencies. Specifically, looking at how these messages motivate various publics to take action in light of perceived threats during the life-cycle of a crisis. Other research examines how the physical and psychological needs of underserved populations are handled in the context of public health events and disasters; industry response, and the role of new media in disaster preparation, response and recovery. He has written widely on the issues of race and class surrounding Hurricane Katrina and issues of gender and information seeking in disasters.

His research has recently been cited in the National Consensus Statement on Integrating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities into Public Health Emergency Preparedness, released by the Office of Minority Health, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent work has been published in Communication Research Reports, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Black Studies, the Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, and Sociological Spectrum. Recent book chapters can be found in Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States (Carolina Academic Press), Minority Resiliency and the Legacy of Disaster (Forthcoming, Edwin Mellen Press) and Interracial Communication: Contexts, Communities, and Choices (Forthcoming, Kendal/Hunt).

He is available for media contact or consulting.