Bio


GABRIELLE WONG-PARODI is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science and Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist, theoretically grounded in psychology and decision science, who seeks to understand (1) how people make decisions to address the impacts of climate change, and (2) how robust interventions can empower them to make decisions that serve their lives, communities, and society. Her work focuses on frontline communities who experience the "first and worst" of climate change. Dr. Wong-Parodi applies multiple convergent methods -- interviews, surveys, experiments, prospective longitudinal designs, ecological momentary assessments, and remote and personal sensing. When working with frontline communities, she pursues a community-based approach where research is a true collaborative enterprise between researchers and communities. She has worked on a range of topics related to climate change including energy, adaptation, mitigation, emerging technologies, conservation, health, and sustainability in the U.S., China, and Costa Rica. Currently she is serving as a member of the American Psychological Association's Climate Change Task Force, the National Academies advisory board to the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program, and the National Science Foundation's Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure Science Plan. Dr. Wong-Parodi received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California - Berkeley.

Academic Appointments


Professional Education


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Energy and Resources Group) (2011)
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Energy and Resources Group) (2007)
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, Psychology (2003)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Current projects include: investigating behavioral responses to hurricanes and sea-level rise; developing and testing decision support tools to enhance adaptive capacity and health outcomes; investigating awareness of and behavioral responses to wildfire smoke and informational campaigns; investigating behavioral drivers of the adoption and use of emerging transportation services and technologies.

2021-22 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • Public risk perceptions of shale gas development: A comprehensive review* ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Tan, H., Wong-Parodi, G., Zhang, S., Xu, J. 2022; 89
  • Association Between Repeated Exposure to Hurricanes and Mental Health in a Representative Sample of Florida Residents. JAMA network open Garfin, D. R., Thompson, R. R., Holman, E. A., Wong-Parodi, G., Silver, R. C. 2022; 5 (6): e2217251

    Abstract

    Importance: During the past century, more than 100 catastrophic hurricanes have impacted the Florida coast; climate change will likely be associated with increases in the intensity of future storms. Despite these annual threats to residents, to our knowledge, no longitudinal studies of representative samples at risk of hurricane exposure have examined psychological outcomes associated with repeated exposure.Objective: To assess psychosocial and mental health outcomes and functional impairment associated with repeated hurricane exposure.Design, Setting, and Participants: In this survey study, a demographically representative sample of Florida residents was assessed in the 60 hours prior to Hurricane Irma (wave 1: September 8-11, 2017). A second survey was administered 1 month after Hurricane Irma (wave 2: October 12-29, 2017), and a third survey was administered after Hurricane Michael (wave 3: October 22 to November 6, 2018). Data were analyzed from July 19 to 23, 2021.Exposure: Hurricanes Irma and Michael.Main Outcomes and Measures: The main outcomes were posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), global distress, worry about future events (generalized worries), and functional impairment. Path models were used to assess associations of individual-level factors (prior mental health, recent adversity), prior storm exposures (loss and/or injury, evacuation), and direct, indirect, and media-based exposures to hurricanes Irma and Michael with those outcomes. Poststratification weights were applied to facilitate population-based inferences.Results: Of 2873 individuals administered the survey in wave 1, 1637 responded (57.0% completion rate) (894 [54.6%, weighted] women; mean [SD] age, 51.31 [17.50] years); 1478 in wave 2 (90.3% retention from wave 1) and 1113 in wave 3 (75.3% retention from wave 2) responded. Prior mental health ailments (b, 0.18; 95% CI, 0.07-0.28), prior hurricane-related loss and/or injury (b, 0.09; 95% CI, 0.02-0.17), hours of Hurricane Irma-related media exposure (b, 0.03; 95% CI, 0.02-0.04), being in an evacuation zone during Hurricane Irma and not evacuating (b, 0.14; 95% CI, 0.02-0.27), and loss and/or injury in Hurricane Irma (b, 0.35; 95% CI, 0.25-0.44) were positively associated with PTSS after Hurricane Irma; most associations persisted and were associated with responses to Hurricane Michael. Prior mental health ailments (b, 0.10; 95% CI, 0.03-0.17), hours of Hurricane Michael-related media exposure (b, 0.01; 95% CI, 0.003-0.02), hurricane Irma-related PTSS (b, 0.42; 95% CI, 0.34-0.50), recent individual-level adversity (b, 0.03; 95% CI, 0.005-0.05), being in an evacuation zone during Hurricane Irma and evacuating (b, 0.10; 95% CI, 0.002-0.19), and direct (b, 0.36; 95% CI, 0.16-0.55) and indirect (b, 0.12; 95% CI, 0.05-0.18) Hurricane Michael-related exposures were directly associated with Hurricane Michael-related PTSS. After Hurricane Michael, prior mental health ailments (b, 0.17; 95% CI, 0.06-0.28), and PTSS related to hurricanes Irma (b, 0.11; 95% CI, 0.001-0.22) and Michael (b, 0.58; 95% CI, 0.47-0.69) were associated with respondents' functional impairment. Analogous analyses using global distress and generalized worries as mediators of functional impairment yielded a similar pattern of results.Conclusions and Relevance: In this survey study, repeated direct, indirect, and media-based exposures to hurricanes were associated with increased mental health symptoms among Florida residents who experienced hurricanes Irma and Michael, suggesting that people were sensitized to respond with more psychological symptoms over time. These results may inform targeted public health intervention efforts for natural disasters.

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.17251

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  • Support for public safety power shutoffs in California: Wildfire-related perceived exposure and negative outcomes, prior and current health, risk appraisal and worry ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Wong-Parodi, G. 2022; 88
  • Engineers' Roles and Responsibilities in Automated Vehicle Ethics: Exploring Engineering Codes of Ethics as a Guide to Addressing Issues in Sociotechnical Systems JOURNAL OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING PART A-SYSTEMS Whitmore, A., Samaras, C., Matthews, H., Wong-Parodi, G. 2022; 148 (6)
  • Moving from interdisciplinary to convergent research across geoscience and social sciences: challenges and strategies ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Finn, D., Mandli, K., Bukvic, A., Davis, C. A., Haacker, R., Morss, R. E., O'Lenick, C. R., Wilhelmi, O., Wong-Parodi, G., Merdjanoff, A. A., Mayo, T. L. 2022; 17 (6)
  • Hurricane adaptation behaviors in Texas and Florida: exploring the roles of negative personal experience and subjective attribution to climate change ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Wong-Parodi, G., Garfin, D. 2022; 17 (3)
  • News coverage of ocean issues and its impacts on public perceptions and conservation information-seeking of sea turtles CONSERVATION SCIENCE AND PRACTICE Santos, B. S., Wong-Parodi, G. 2022

    View details for DOI 10.1111/csp2.12650

    View details for Web of Science ID 000755095100001

  • Exploring how climate change subjective attribution, personal experience with extremes, concern, and subjective knowledge relate to pro-environmental attitudes and behavioral intentions in the United States JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY Wong-Parodi, G., Rubin, N. 2022; 79
  • A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE Berrang-Ford, L., Siders, A. R., Lesnikowski, A., Fischer, A., Callaghan, M. W., Haddaway, N. R., Mach, K. J., Araos, M., Shah, M., Wannewitz, M., Doshi, D., Leiter, T., Matavel, C., Musah-Surugu, J., Wong-Parodi, G., Antwi-Agyei, P., Ajibade, I., Chauhan, N., Kakenmaster, W., Grady, C., Chalastani, V., Jagannathan, K., Galappaththi, E. K., Sitati, A., Scarpa, G., Totin, E., Davis, K., Hamilton, N., Kirchhoff, C. J., Kumar, P., Pentz, B., Simpson, N. P., Theokritoff, E., Deryng, D., Reckien, D., Zavaleta-Cortijo, C., Ulibarri, N., Segnon, A. C., Khavhagali, V., Shang, Y., Zvobgo, L., Zommers, Z., Xu, J., Williams, P., Canosa, I., van Maanen, N., van Bavel, B., van Aalst, M., Turek-Hankins, L. L., Trivedi, H., Trisos, C. H., Thomas, A., Thakur, S., Templeman, S., Stringer, L. C., Sotnik, G., Sjostrom, K., Singh, C., Sina, M. Z., Shukla, R., Sardans, J., Salubi, E. A., Chalkasra, L., Ruiz-Diaz, R., Richards, C., Pokharel, P., Petzold, J., Penuelas, J., Avila, J., Murillo, J., Ouni, S., Niemann, J., Nielsen, M., New, M., Schwerdtle, P., Alverio, G., Mullin, C. A., Mullenite, J., Mosurska, A., Morecroft, M. D., Minx, J. C., Maskell, G., Nunbogu, A., Magnan, A. K., Lwasa, S., Lukas-Sithole, M., Lissner, T., Lilford, O., Koller, S. F., Jurjonas, M., Joe, E., Huynh, L. M., Hill, A., Hernandez, R. R., Hegde, G., Hawxwell, T., Harper, S., Harden, A., Haasnoot, M., Gilmore, E. A., Gichuki, L., Gatt, A., Garschagen, M., Ford, J. D., Forbes, A., Farrell, A. D., Enquist, C. F., Elliott, S., Duncan, E., de Perez, E., Coggins, S., Chen, T., Campbell, D., Browne, K. E., Bowen, K. J., Biesbroek, R., Bhatt, I. D., Kerr, R., Barr, S. L., Baker, E., Austin, S. E., Arotoma-Rojas, I., Anderson, C., Ajaz, W., Agrawal, T., Abu, T. 2021
  • A Decision-Centered Method to Evaluate Natural Hazards Decision Aids by Interdisciplinary Research Teams RISK ANALYSIS Wong-Parodi, G., Small, M. J. 2021; 41 (7): 1118-1128

    View details for DOI 10.1111/risa.13261

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  • Applying risk tolerance and socio-technical dynamics for more realistic energy transition pathways APPLIED ENERGY Cotterman, T., Small, M. J., Wilson, S., Abdulla, A., Wong-Parodi, G. 2021; 291
  • Engaging People on Climate Change: The Role of Emotional Responses ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION-A JOURNAL OF NATURE AND CULTURE Wong-Parodi, G., Feygina, I. 2021
  • A path forward for qualitative research on sustainability in the COVID-19 pandemic. Sustainability science Santana, F. N., Hammond Wagner, C., Berlin Rubin, N., Bloomfield, L. S., Bower, E. R., Fischer, S. L., Santos, B. S., Smith, G. E., Muraida, C. T., Wong-Parodi, G. 2021: 1–7

    Abstract

    The unique strengths of qualitative research, through in-depth inquiry and identification of unexpected themes and linkages, is essential to our growing understanding of COVID-19's impacts on the social world and its intersection with sustainability science. However, many challenges-physical, psychological, and ethical in nature-face qualitative researchers during the pandemic, as social distancing and travel restrictions prevent in-person field work. In this paper, we outline the essential contributions of qualitative study to sustainability science, discuss current challenges, and in turn, provide recommendations for researchers.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11625-020-00894-8

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  • Psychological factors and social processes influencing wildfire smoke protective behavior: Insights from a case study in Northern California CLIMATE RISK MANAGEMENT Santana, F. N., Gonzalez, D. X., Wong-Parodi, G. 2021; 34
  • Comparisons of Sustainability Behaviors Pre- and Early Pandemic Among Botanical Garden Members FRONTIERS IN SUSTAINABLE CITIES Mascatelli, K., Otten, C., Piacentini, R., Wong-Parodi, G., States, S. L. 2021; 3
  • When climate change adaptation becomes a "looming threat" to society: Exploring views and responses to California wildfires and public safety power shutoffs ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Wong-Parodi, G. 2020; 70
  • Governing energy in conflicted resource contexts: Culture, cost, and carbon in the decision-making criteria of the Navajo Nation ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Necefer, L., Wong-Parodi, G., Small, M. J. 2020; 70
  • Responding to simultaneous crises: communications and social norms of mask behavior during wildfires and COVID-19 ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Santana, F. N., Fischer, S. L., Jaeger, M. O., Wong-Parodi, G. 2020; 15 (11)
  • Do We Know Our Own Tornado Season? A Psychological Investigation of Perceived Tornado Likelihood in the Southeast United States WEATHER CLIMATE AND SOCIETY Broomell, S. B., Wong-Parodi, G., Morss, R. E., Demuth, J. L. 2020; 12 (4): 771–88
  • Change in Public Concern and Responsive Behaviors Toward Air Pollution Under the Dome RISK ANALYSIS Qin, C., Xu, J., Wong-Parodi, G., Xue, L. 2020; 40 (10): 1983–2001

    View details for DOI 10.1111/risa.13177

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  • The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System NATURE REVIEWS EARTH & ENVIRONMENT Diffenbaugh, N. S., Field, C. B., Appel, E. A., Azevedo, I. L., Baldocchi, D. D., Burke, M., Burney, J. A., Ciais, P., Davis, S. J., Fiore, A. M., Fletcher, S. M., Hertel, T. W., Horton, D. E., Hsiang, S. M., Jackson, R. B., Jin, X., Levi, M., Lobell, D. B., McKinley, G. A., Moore, F. C., Montgomery, A., Nadeau, K. C., Pataki, D. E., Randerson, J. T., Reichstein, M., Schnell, J. L., Seneviratne, S., Singh, D., Steiner, A. L., Wong-Parodi, G. 2020; 1 (9): 470-481
  • Children, Income, and the Impact of Home Delivery on Household Shopping Trips TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD Spurlock, C., Todd-Blick, A., Wong-Parodi, G., Walker, V. 2020
  • Factors associated with the adoption of renewable energy amongst botanical garden members ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS Drummond, C., States, S. L., Wong-Parodi, G. 2020; 2 (5)
  • Scientific forecast use and factors of influence in water-constrained contexts: The case of Guanacaste, Costa Rica CLIMATE SERVICES Wong-Parodi, G., Babcock, M. 2020; 18
  • Not under my backyard? Psychological distance, local acceptance, and shale gas development in China ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Tan, H., Wong-Parodi, G., Xu, J. 2020; 61
  • Editorial overview: The science of actionable knowledge CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Arnott, J. C., Mach, K. J., Wong-Parodi, G. 2020; 42: A1–A5
  • Different preferences for recovery options of residential fire disasters: The effect of decision role and stressed emotion INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION Qin, C., Wong-Parodi, G., Fan, B. 2020; 43
  • Insights for developing effective decision support tools for environmental sustainability CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Wong-Parodi, G., Mach, K. J., Jagannathan, K., Sjostrom, K. 2020; 42: 52–59
  • Understanding and countering the motivated roots of climate change denial Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability Wong-Parodi, G., Feygina, I. 2020
  • Actionable knowledge and the art of engagement CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Mach, K. J., Lemos, M. C., Meadows, A. M., Wyborn, C., Klenk, N., Arnott, J. C., Ardoin, N. M., Fiesler, C., Moss, R. H., Nichols, L., Stults, M., Vaughn, C., Wong-Parodi, G. 2020; 42: 30-37
  • The politics of Asian fracking: Public risk perceptions towards shale gas development in China ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Tan, H., Xu, J., Wong-Parodi, G. 2019; 54: 46–55
  • Encouraging energy conservation at work: A field study testing social norm feedback and awareness of monitoring ENERGY POLICY Wong-Parodi, G., Krishnamurti, T., Gluck, J., Agarwal, Y. 2019; 130: 197–205
  • Describing the users: Understanding adoption of and interest in shared, electrified, and automated transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART D-TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT Spurlock, C., Sears, J., Wong-Parodi, G., Walker, V., Jin, L., Taylor, M., Duvall, A., Gopal, A., Todd, A. 2019; 71: 283–301
  • Generating linked technology-socioeconomic scenarios for emerging energy transitions APPLIED ENERGY Small, M. J., Wong-Parodi, G., Kefford, B. M., Stringer, M., Schmeda-Lopez, D. R., Greig, C., Ballinger, B., Wilson, S., Smart, S. 2019; 239: 1402–23
  • Solar PV as a mitigation strategy for the US education sector ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Hanus, N. L., Wong-Parodi, G., Vaishnav, P. T., Darghouth, N. R., Azevedo, I. L. 2019; 14 (4)
  • How to reach the users: Understanding use and interest in shared, alternative-fuel, and automated transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment Spurlock, C., Spears, J., Wong-Parodi, G., Walker, V., Jin, L., Taylor, M., Duvall, A., Gopal, A., Todd, A. 2019
  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be: Beyond cost in energy efficiency decision-making among office buildings in the United States ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Davis, A., Wong-Parodi, G., Krishnamurti, T. 2019; 47: 37–45
  • The politics of Asian fracking: Public risk perceptions towards shale gas development in China Energy Research & Social Science Tan, H., Xu, J., Wong-Parodi, G. 2019
  • To co-produce or not to co-produce NATURE SUSTAINABILITY Lemos, M., Arnott, J. C., Ardoin, N. M., Baja, K., Bednarek, A. T., Dewulf, A., Fieseler, C., Goodrich, K. A., Jagannathan, K., Klenk, N., Mach, K. J., Meadow, A. M., Meyer, R., Moss, R., Nichols, L., Sjostrom, K., Stults, M., Turnhout, E., Vaughan, C., Wong-Parodi, G., Wyborn, C. 2018; 1 (12): 722–24
  • Integrating technical, economic and cultural impacts in a decision support tool for energy resource management in the Navajo Nation ENERGY STRATEGY REVIEWS Necefer, L., Wong-Parodi, G., Small, M. J., Begay-Campbell, S. 2018; 22: 136–46
  • Factors Influencing (Mal)adaptive Responses to Natural Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Matthew WEATHER CLIMATE AND SOCIETY Wong-Parodi, G., Feygina, I. 2018; 10 (4): 747–68
  • Effect of Risk and Protective Decision Aids on Flood Preparation in Vulnerable Communities WEATHER CLIMATE AND SOCIETY Wong-Parodi, G., Fischhoff, B., Strauss, B. 2018; 10 (3): 401–17
  • Framing clean energy campaigns to promote civic engagement among parents ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Hanus, N., Wong-Parodi, G., Hoyos, L., Rauch, A. 2018; 13 (3)
  • The role of psychology and social influences in energy efficiency adoption ENERGY EFFICIENCY Hanus, N., Wong-Parodi, G., Small, M. J., Grossmann, I. 2018; 11 (2): 371–91
  • Change in Public Concern and Responsive Behaviors Toward Air Pollution Under the Dome. Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis Qin, C. n., Xu, J. n., Wong-Parodi, G. n., Xue, L. n. 2018

    Abstract

    This study evaluates the effect of the documentary Under the Dome on the concern and responsive behaviors of the public regarding air pollution in China, with two surveys conducted before and after watching the documentary. Employing difference-in-differences regression, this study answers two research questions: (1) Does Under the Dome change public concern about air pollution? (2) Does Under the Dome change public behaviors in response to air pollution, including protective behaviors (i.e., wearing face masks) and mitigation behaviors (i.e., reducing car driving)? We find that the information campaign (1) protects against the decline of public concern about air pollution in Beijing and (2) moderates the degree to which people's perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, and sense of self-efficacy influence protective behaviors and moderates the degree to which people's belief in the cooperative behaviors by others influences mitigation behaviors. This study provides evidence that information campaigns of the Under the Dome type are effective in raising public awareness; however, the information campaign did not directly influence public protective and mitigation behaviors.

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  • Public Understanding of Ebola Risks: Mastering an Unfamiliar Threat RISK ANALYSIS Fischhoff, B., Wong-Parodi, G., Garfin, D., Holman, E., Silver, R. 2018; 38 (1): 71–83

    Abstract

    Ebola was the most widely followed news story in the United States in October 2014. Here, we ask what members of the U.S. public learned about the disease, given the often chaotic media environment. Early in 2015, we surveyed a representative sample of 3,447 U.S. residents about their Ebola-related beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Where possible, we elicited judgments in terms sufficiently precise to allow comparing them to scientific estimates (e.g., the death toll to date and the probability of dying once ill). Respondents' judgments were generally consistent with one another, with scientific knowledge, and with their self-reported behavioral responses and policy preferences. Thus, by the time the threat appeared to have subsided in the United States, members of the public, as a whole, had seemingly mastered its basic contours. Moreover, they could express their beliefs in quantitative terms. Judgments of personal risk were weakly and inconsistently related to reported gender, age, education, income, or political ideology. Better educated and wealthier respondents saw population risks as lower; females saw them as higher. More politically conservative respondents saw Ebola as more transmissible and expressed less support for public health policies. In general, respondents supported providing "honest, accurate information, even if that information worried people." These results suggest the value of proactive communications designed to inform the lay public's decisions, thoughts, and emotions, and informed by concurrent surveys of their responses and needs.

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  • Effect of Using an Indoor Air Quality Sensor on Perceptions of and Behaviors Toward Air Pollution (Pittsburgh Empowerment Library Study): Online Survey and Interviews. JMIR mHealth and uHealth Wong-Parodi, G. n., Dias, M. B., Taylor, M. n. 2018; 6 (3): e48

    Abstract

    Air quality affects us all and is a rapidly growing concern in the 21st century. We spend the majority of our lives indoors and can be exposed to a number of pollutants smaller than 2.5 microns (particulate matter, PM2.5) resulting in detrimental health effects. Indoor air quality sensors have the potential to provide people with the information they need to understand their risk and take steps to reduce their exposure. One such sensor is the Speck sensor developed at the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. This sensor provides users with continuous real-time and historical PM2.5 information, a Web-based platform where people can track their PM2.5 levels over time and learn about ways to reduce their exposure, and a venue (blog post) for the user community to exchange information. Little is known about how the use of such monitors affects people's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors with respect to indoor air pollution.The aim of this study was to assess whether using the sensor changes what people know and do about indoor air pollution.We conducted 2 studies. In the first study, we recruited 276 Pittsburgh residents online and through local branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where the Speck sensor was made available by the researchers in the library catalog. Participants completed a 10- to 15-min survey on air pollution knowledge (its health impact, sources, and mitigation options), perceptions of indoor air quality, confidence in mitigation, current behaviors toward air quality, and personal empowerment and creativity in the spring and summer of 2016. In our second study, we surveyed 26 Pittsburgh residents in summer 2016 who checked out the Speck sensor for 3 weeks on the same measures assessed in the first study, with additional questions about the perception and use of the sensor. Follow-up interviews were conducted with a subset of those who used the Speck sensor.A series of paired t tests found participants were significantly more knowledgeable (t25=-2.61, P=.02), reported having significantly better indoor air quality (t25=-5.20, P<.001), and felt more confident about knowing how to mitigate their risk (t25=-1.87, P=.07) after using the Speck sensor than before. McNemar test showed participants tended to take more action to reduce indoor air pollution after using the sensor (χ225=2.7, P=.10). Qualitative analysis suggested possible ripple effects of use, including encouraging family and friends to learn about indoor air pollution.Providing people with low- or no-cost portable indoor air quality monitors, with a supporting Web-based platform that offers information about how to reduce risk, can help people better express perceptions and adopt behaviors commensurate with the risks they face. Thus, thoughtfully designed and deployed personal sensing devices can help empower people to take steps to reduce their risk.

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  • Preparing for local adaptation: a study of community understanding and support CLIMATIC CHANGE Wong-Parodi, G., Klima, K. 2017; 145 (3-4): 413–29
  • Informing Public Perceptions About Climate Change: A 'Mental Models' Approach SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ETHICS Wong-Parodi, G., de Bruin, W. 2017; 23 (5): 1369–86

    Abstract

    As the specter of climate change looms on the horizon, people will face complex decisions about whether to support climate change policies and how to cope with climate change impacts on their lives. Without some grasp of the relevant science, they may find it hard to make informed decisions. Climate experts therefore face the ethical need to effectively communicate to non-expert audiences. Unfortunately, climate experts may inadvertently violate the maxims of effective communication, which require sharing communications that are truthful, brief, relevant, clear, and tested for effectiveness. Here, we discuss the 'mental models' approach towards developing communications, which aims to help experts to meet the maxims of effective communications, and to better inform the judgments and decisions of non-expert audiences.

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  • Behind the Carbon Curtain The Energy Industry, Political Censorship, and Free Speech (Book Review) SCIENCE Book Review Authored by: Wong-Parodi, G. 2017; 356 (6336): 385

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  • Development and Testing of the MyHealthyPregnancy App: A Behavioral Decision Research-Based Tool for Assessing and Communicating Pregnancy Risk JMIR MHEALTH AND UHEALTH Krishnamurti, T., Davis, A. L., Wong-Parodi, G., Fischhoff, B., Sadovsky, Y., Simhan, H. N. 2017; 5 (4): e42

    Abstract

    Despite significant advances in medical interventions and health care delivery, preterm births in the United States are on the rise. Existing research has identified important, seemingly simple precautions that could significantly reduce preterm birth risk. However, it has proven difficult to communicate even these simple recommendations to women in need of them. Our objective was to draw on methods from behavioral decision research to develop a personalized smartphone app-based medical communication tool to assess and communicate pregnancy risks related to preterm birth.A longitudinal, prospective pilot study was designed to develop an engaging, usable smartphone app that communicates personalized pregnancy risk and gathers risk data, with the goal of decreasing preterm birth rates in a typically hard-to-engage patient population.We used semistructured interviews and user testing to develop a smartphone app based on an approach founded in behavioral decision research. For usability evaluation, 16 participants were recruited from the outpatient clinic at a major academic hospital specializing in high-risk pregnancies and provided a smartphone with the preloaded app and a digital weight scale. Through the app, participants were queried daily to assess behavioral risks, mood, and symptomology associated with preterm birth risk. Participants also completed monthly phone interviews to report technical problems and their views on the app's usefulness.App use was higher among participants at higher risk, as reflected in reporting poorer daily moods (Odds ratio, OR 1.20, 95% CI 0.99-1.47, P=.08), being more likely to smoke (OR 4.00, 95% CI 0.93-16.9, P=.06), being earlier in their pregnancy (OR 1.07, 95% CI 1.02-1.12, P=.005), and having a lower body mass index (OR 1.07, 95% CI 1.00-1.15, P=.05). Participant-reported intention to breastfeed increased from baseline to the end of the trial, t15=-2.76, P=.01. Participants' attendance at prenatal appointments was 84% compared with the clinic norm of 50%, indicating a conservatively estimated cost savings of ~US $450/patient over 3 months.Our app is an engaging method for assessing and communicating risk during pregnancy in a typically hard-to-reach population, providing accessible and personalized distant obstetrical care, designed to target preterm birth risk, specifically.

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  • Plans and Prospects for Coastal Flooding in Four Communities Affected by Sandy WEATHER CLIMATE AND SOCIETY Wong-Parodi, G., Fischhoff, B., Strauss, B. 2017; 9 (2): 183–200
  • Public awareness and perception of environmental, health and safety risks to electricity generation: an explorative interview study in Switzerland/13669877.2017.1391320 Journal of Risk Research Volken, S., Wong-Parodi, G., Trutnevyte, E. 2017: 1-16
  • Perceptions of electricity-use communications: effects of information, format, and individual differences JOURNAL OF RISK RESEARCH Canfield, C., de Bruin, W., Wong-Parodi, G. 2017; 20 (9): 1132–53
  • Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy 15 Contentious Questions (Book Review) SCIENCE Book Review Authored by: Wong-Parodi, G. 2016; 353 (6303): 997
  • A decision science approach for integrating social science in climate and energy solutions NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE Wong-Parodi, G., Krishnamurti, T., Davis, A., Schwartz, D., Fischhoff, B. 2016; 6 (6): 563–69
  • Stakeholder perceptions of water systems and hydro-climate information in Guanacaste, Costa Rica Earth Perspectives Babcock, M., Wong-Parodi, G., Small, M., Grossmann, I. 2016; 3 (3)
  • Eliciting public concerns about an emerging energy technology: The case of unconventional shale gas development in the United States ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Israel, A. L., Wong-Parodi, G., Webler, T., Stern, P. C. 2015; 8: 139–50
  • Energy development and Native Americans: Values and beliefs about energy from the Navajo Nation ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE Necefer, L., Wong-Parodi, G., Jaramillo, P., Small, M. J. 2015; 7: 1–11
  • The impacts of political cues and practical information on climate change decisions ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Wong-Parodi, G., Fischhoff, B. 2015; 10 (3)
  • Leveraging Pittsburgh's Energy Efficiency Social Network to Predict Next Adopters Hanus, N., Small, M., Wong-Parodi, G., Grossmann, I., Pei, J., Silvestri, F., Tang, J. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2015: 920–21
  • Resilience vs. Adaptation: Framing and action CLIMATE RISK MANAGEMENT Wong-Parodi, G., Fischhoff, B., Strauss, B. 2015; 10: 1–7
  • A method to evaluate the usability of interactive climate change impact decision aids CLIMATIC CHANGE Wong-Parodi, G., Fischhoff, B., Strauss, B. 2014; 126 (3-4): 485–93
  • Team science for science communication PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Wong-Parodi, G., Strauss, B. H. 2014; 111: 13658–63

    Abstract

    Natural scientists from Climate Central and social scientists from Carnegie Mellon University collaborated to develop science communications aimed at presenting personalized coastal flood risk information to the public. We encountered four main challenges: agreeing on goals; balancing complexity and simplicity; relying on data, not intuition; and negotiating external pressures. Each challenge demanded its own approach. We navigated agreement on goals through intensive internal communication early on in the project. We balanced complexity and simplicity through evaluation of communication materials for user understanding and scientific content. Early user test results that overturned some of our intuitions strengthened our commitment to testing communication elements whenever possible. Finally, we did our best to negotiate external pressures through regular internal communication and willingness to compromise.

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  • Risks and risk governance in unconventional shale gas development. Environmental science & technology Small, M. J., Stern, P. C., Bomberg, E., Christopherson, S. M., Goldstein, B. D., Israel, A. L., Jackson, R. B., Krupnick, A., Mauter, M. S., Nash, J., North, D. W., Olmstead, S. M., Prakash, A., Rabe, B., Richardson, N., Tierney, S., Webler, T., Wong-Parodi, G., Zielinska, B. 2014; 48 (15): 8289-8297

    Abstract

    A broad assessment is provided of the current state of knowledge regarding the risks associated with shale gas development and their governance. For the principal domains of risk, we identify observed and potential hazards and promising mitigation options to address them, characterizing current knowledge and research needs. Important unresolved research questions are identified for each area of risk; however, certain domains exhibit especially acute deficits of knowledge and attention, including integrated studies of public health, ecosystems, air quality, socioeconomic impacts on communities, and climate change. For these, current research and analysis are insufficient to either confirm or preclude important impacts. The rapidly evolving landscape of shale gas governance in the U.S. is also assessed, noting challenges and opportunities associated with the current decentralized (state-focused) system of regulation. We briefly review emerging approaches to shale gas governance in other nations, and consider new governance initiatives and options in the U.S. involving voluntary industry certification, comprehensive development plans, financial instruments, and possible future federal roles. In order to encompass the multiple relevant disciplines, address the complexities of the evolving shale gas system and reduce the many key uncertainties needed for improved management, a coordinated multiagency federal research effort will need to be implemented.

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  • The Role of Initial Affective Impressions in Responses to Educational Communications: The Case of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-APPLIED de Bruin, W., Wong-Parodi, G. 2014; 20 (2): 126–35

    Abstract

    Emerging technologies promise potential benefits at a potential cost. Developers of educational communications aim to improve people's understanding and to facilitate public debate. However, even relatively uninformed recipients may have initial feelings that are difficult to change. We report that people's initial affective impressions about carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), a low-carbon coal-based electricity-generation technology with which most people are unfamiliar, influences how they interpret previously validated education materials. As a result, even individuals who had originally self-identified as uninformed persisted in their initial feelings after reading the educational communication-though perseverance of feelings about CCS was stronger among recipients who had originally self-identified as relatively informed (Study 1). Moreover, uninformed recipients whose initial feelings were experimentally manipulated by relatively uninformative pro-CCS or anti-CCS arguments persisted in their manipulated feelings after reading the educational communication, due to evaluating the educational communication in line with their manipulated impressions (Study 2). Hence, our results suggest that educational communications will have more impact if they are disseminated before people form strong feelings about the topic under consideration, especially if these are based on little to no factual understanding.

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  • Public perceptions of local flood risk and the role of climate change Environment Systems and Decisions Bruine de Bruin, W., Wong-Parodi, G., Morgan, G. 2014; 34 (4)
  • Effects of simplifying outreach materials for energy conservation programs that target low-income consumers ENERGY POLICY Wong-Parodi, G., de Bruin, W., Canfield, C. 2013; 62: 1157–64
  • Creating an in-home display: Experimental evidence and guidelines for design APPLIED ENERGY Krishnamurti, T., Davis, A. L., Wong-Parodi, G., Wang, J., Canfield, C. 2013; 108: 448–58
  • Influencing Attitudes toward Carbon Capture and Sequestration: A Social Marketing Approach ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Wong-Parodi, G., Dowlatabadi, H., McDaniels, T., Ray, I. 2011; 45 (16): 6743–51

    Abstract

    Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), while controversial, is seen as promising because it will allow the United States to continue using its vast fossil fuel resources in a carbon-constrained world. The public is an important stakeholder in the national debate about whether or not the U.S. should include CCS as a significant part of its climate change strategy. Understanding how to effectively engage with the public about CCS has become important in recent years, as interest in the technology has intensified. We argue that engagement efforts should be focused on places where CCS will first be deployed, i.e., places with many "energy veteran" (EV) citizens. We also argue that, in addition to information on CCS, messages with emotional appeal may be necessary in order to engage the public. In this paper we take a citizen-guided social marketing approach toward understanding how to (positively or negatively) influence EV citizens' attitudes toward CCS. We develop open-ended interview protocols, and a "CCS campaign activity", for Wyoming residents from Gillette and Rock Springs. We conclude that our participants believed expert-informed CCS messages, embedded within an emotionally self-referent (ESR) framework that was relevant to Wyoming, to be more persuasive than the expert messages alone. The appeal to core values of Wyomingites played a significant role in the citizen-guided CCS messages.

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  • Economics of residential gas furnaces and water heaters in US new construction market ENERGY EFFICIENCY Lekov, A. B., Franco, V. H., Wong-Parodi, G., McMahon, J. E., Chan, P. 2010; 3 (3): 203–22
  • Community perceptions of carbon sequestration: insights from California ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Wong-Parodi, G., Ray, I. 2009; 4 (3)
  • The Role of Social Factors in Shaping Public Perceptions of CCS: Results of Multi-State Focus Group Interviews in the US Bradbury, J., Ray, I., Peterson, T., Wade, S., Wong-Parodi, G., Feldpausch, A., Gale, J., Herzog, H., Braitsch, J. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2009: 4665–72
  • Environmental non-government organizations' perceptions of geologic sequestration ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Wong-Parodi, G., Ray, I., Farrell, A. E. 2008; 3 (2)
  • Comparing price forecast accuracy of natural gas models and futures markets ENERGY POLICY Wong-Parodi, G., Dale, L., Lekov, A. 2006; 34 (18): 4115–22