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Communication Research with Indigenous People: Presentation by Amanda Boyd, Washington State University

A Discussion of Lessons Learned and Guiding Principles for Working with Communities

Event Details

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
10 a.m.

Research that incorporates local values, community, and culture can provide insight into the development of effective communication campaigns. Dr. Amanda D. Boyd is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and an associate professor of health, risk and science communication in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She has more than 16 years of communication research experience with Indigenous populations in the United States and Canada. Dr. Boyd engages in research that is informed by Indigenous peoples’ priorities and is conducted in ways that are inclusive of their experiences, knowledge, and perspectives.

Dr. Boyd will discuss two research studies during this presentation, hosted by the Department of Life Sciences Communication:

  1. examining risk perceptions of traditional foods and contaminants in the Canadian Arctic; and
  2. assessing communication about COVID-19 among Native Americans in the United States.


Results demonstrate the need to incorporate priority populations in decision-making about risk management, communication development, and dissemination. Dr. Boyd will conclude with lessons for working with Indigenous communities on health and environmental communication research.