Amanda Dillard, PhD, is Associate Professor, Psychology, at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Dillard is interested in how perceptions of personal risk influence responses to a health communication. Also, what types of risk perception (e.g., numerical vs. comparative, deliberative vs. intuitive) are most likely to be associated with these outcomes? She also is interested in developing health messages that discourage defensive processing of information.
Dr. Dillard is studying how to reduce defensiveness to health messages via narratives from similar others. Narratives may engage people in a health message, leading to more careful information processing and greater motivation to perform the recommended health behavior.