Dr. Elizabeth "Liz" L. Petrun Sayers is an associate behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation with 9 years of experience researching risk-related topics. Petrun Sayers studies how traditional and new media shape risk perceptions, decision-making, and behaviors. Her current research focuses on understanding how humans respond to health, security, and environmental risks. Petrun Sayers' research has been supported by grants and contracts from multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), among others. Her work has most recently been published in Review of Communication, Journal of Risk Research, and Journal of Applied Communication Research. Petrun Sayers is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Kentucky.
Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation