Anna Goodman Hoover, PhD
Assistant Professor
111 Washington Ave.
CPH 203B
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Contact: | 859.218.0343




PhD, Communication Science

University of Kentucky


MA, Communication Science

University of Kentucky


BA, History and Theatre

Centre College



Anna Goodman Hoover, M.A., Ph.D., is a public health researcher and participatory communication scientist. She studies health and risk communication strategies designed to ensure that the best available scientific evidence informs individual, community, policy, and practice decisions. She has been involved professionally in translating environmental health research with UK’s Superfund Research Center for more than seventeen years, including six as co-lead of the Research Translation Core. She also works directly with local stakeholders on numerous research projects that are intended to improve environmental health literacy and strengthen communication. Her research has examined how knowledge gaps and distrust combine to negatively affect capacity to understand health hazards and take protective action. Dr. Hoover’s recent environmental health literacy research has surfaced stakeholder concerns about the need for more accessible, understandable, and useful health-related information to help people protect themselves from diseases that have been linked to exposures. She previously served several years as co-director of the National Coordinating Center for Systems for Action and deputy director of the National Health Security Preparedness Index program management office, both programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A native Appalachian, Dr. Hoover centers both her research and her teaching on ensuring stakeholder-engaged and audience-centered environmental health communication supports community-engaged, evidence-informed health decisions.

Research Interests:
  • Emergency preparedness and risk communication
  • Environmental health literacy
  • Stakeholder-centered health communication
  • Public engagement related to hazardous waste sites
  • Dissemination and implementation sciences