Transatlantic Solutions to Sea Level Rise Adaptation:
Moving Beyond the Threat

October 30-31, 2013; Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Poornima Madhavan
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Old Dominion University

Poornima Madhavan is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University, where she is also the Director of Undergraduate Research within the Honors College. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Dr. Madhavan is the founder/director of the Applied Decision Making Laboratory at ODU where she supervises projects that examine human decision making under risk, stress, time pressure and uncertainty, and the intersection of social science and public policy. Recently, she has been studying decision processes that impact the adaptation of urban coastal communities such as Norfolk and rural communities along the eastern shore of Virginia to climate change and sea level rise. Her research helps understand why communications on climate change are failing to get public attention, steps to be taken to create a sense of urgency required for public discourse and action, and how to encourage the development of public support for policies that lead to environmental resiliency and sustainability through social marketing and adaptive persuasion techniques.