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Karen Carera: Leading research in communication

Karen Carera: Leading research in communication

Karen Carera, Ph.D.

Radiation emergencies are poorly understood but greatly feared among most people in the United States. Public health preparedness for such emergencies requires communications that will enable people to take appropriate actions.

For more than a decade, Karen Carera, Ph.D., ORAU senior evaluation specialist, has conducted research under ORAU’s contractual relationship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recently, she evaluated public messages to use in radiation emergency situations as part of a research project for the National Center for Environmental Health, CDC.

“In a critical emergency, such as a nuclear detonation, effective messaging will be key in saving lives and reducing injury and illness,” says Carera.

 In 2018, Carera presented findings on behalf of the research team at the International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public, sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna, Austria. The symposium included 400 communicators, emergency officials, government officials and others from 80 countries.

“It was an honor to represent CDC’s Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch at IAEA’s first international symposium and showcase our work over the past 10 years,” said Carera