Full Time Faculty
Biography:

S. Michelle Driedger is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a proud member of the Manitoba Metis nation. A health geographer by training, her broad areas of research interests include public and health risk communication, risk perception, and knowledge translation under conditions of uncertainty. Drawing primarily on qualitative methods, her research focus involves the study of how new and emerging risk and public health controversies develop in science, policy and public forums. She is particularly interested in how public health risk communicators can meaningfully engage public audiences to enable informed decisions about risk recommendations including protective behaviours that can be adopted for themselves and their family. Her research examines these issues in areas of vaccine and other health communication with an emphasis of the important role between health providers and the people they serve in clinical encounters. Her research and teaching interests intersect throughout: decolonizing methodologies in community based research with Manitoba Metis, engaging different affected audiences through participatory methods, and partnership development with relevant knowledge users to ensure research results are meaningful. Her research uses a variety of data sources: interviews, focus groups, documents (e.g. policy, reports), traditional news media and more recently, social media.

Dr. S. Michelle Driedger

Director of Graduate Program
Rank: Professor
Credentials: B.A. M.A. PhD.
Phone: 204 789-3936
E-Mail: Michelle.Driedger@umanitoba.ca

KT Materials:

Communicating Health Risk Uncertainty: Busting the Myths

Select Articles in Journals