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Mel Taylor

Affiliation: University of Western Sydney

URL: http:/­/­www.uws.edu.au/­medicine/­som/­key_people/­doctor_mel_taylor

Biography:

Mel is an Occupational Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow working in the Disaster Response and Resilience Research Group at the University of Western Sydney. She works in the area of protective behaviour and emerging threats. She has a specific interest in risk perception, protection motivation, and preparedness and response to low probability/high consequence events; such as chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) terrorism and emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses, such as Hendra virus. She has studied population compliance with health protective behaviours in the context of pandemic influenza, horse owner and sheep producer biosecurity practices, and public preparedness for all hazard events. Her current research is investigating anticipated public response to terrorist incidents and how the public is likely to respond to risk communication messaging. She is also working on the use of social media and disasters, investigating the integration of social media and official sources of information, as well as the role of social media as psychological first aid and as a tool for community resilience-building.

Mel came to Australia, from the UK, in 2006. Her previous employment was with the UK Ministry of Defence where she worked in human factors research; optimising human performance in complex systems, and in occupational psychology; running military survey programs.

Seminars given by Mel Taylor


The Use of Social Media in Disasters

Speaker: Mel Taylor (University of Western Sydney)

Time: 22/08/2011 from 14:00 to 15:00

Venue: Access Grid UWS. Presented from Parramatta (EB.1.32), accessible from Campbelltown (26.1.50) and Penrith (Y239).

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