Nearly a third of our faculty are engaged in projects that promote healthy people and a healthy planet. By using new and emerging technologies to promote health behavior change and facilitate decision making, we aim to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Our work includes studying the design and implementations of health and environmental information, ways in which health decision-making happens and how behaviors are adopted.
The Health & Risk Communication Center is engaged in communication-based education, outreach and research related to risk reduction and health promotion.
The Communicative Sciences and Disorders research facilities are located in the ComArtSci and the Oyer Speech & Hearing buildings on the Michigan State University campus. There are eight research laboratories, as well as shared research spaces for faculty and student use. These communication labs have several sound-treated booths, an anechoic chamber, as well as a highly reverberant room. All laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software to enable researchers in conducting the highest quality research. The department also provides several opportunities, space and resources for students (undergraduate and graduate) to participate in research.
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism teaches student and professional journalists how to better report on the issues affecting the environment.
We're working on a global scale to study and promote socially beneficial behaviors in the context of health, risk, science and the environment.
People who buy too much food only to throw out what they don't eat may be persuaded to behave differently depending on how their culture influences what they see and hear about food waste prevention.Read more
Wei Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University. She is affiliated with the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) lab and the Health and Risk Communication Center.
J. Scott Yaruss is a speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in fluency disorders whose research, teaching, and outreach are focused on helping speech-language pathologists improve their ability to provide meaningful and lasting support for people who live with stuttering.