Brian SouthwellAssociate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine
Dr. Brian Southwell is Lead Scientist for Public Understanding of Science at RTI International. He is a social scientist who oversees quantitative and qualitative research to assess risk perceptions, mental models of scientific concepts, and public trust in science and scientists. Dr. Southwell also is an active participant in efforts to address public understanding of science through peer-reviewed publications as well as public commentary, talks in venues such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, advising for projects such as NOVA Science Studio, and a consensus study for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Dr. Southwell teaches BIOETHIC 605 in the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke. He also contributed a series of videos on science communication for a Graduate School initiative on the topic: https://gradschool.duke.edu/scicomm/