• cassandra.shivers@bison.howard.edu
  • Howard University

Biography

Cassandra is currently a doctoral candidate at Howard University in the Psychology Department.  Born and raised in Texas, Cassandra has always had an interest in how people make decisions during disasters.  This interest is heavily influenced by her experiences in Louisiana during Hurricanes Rita, Katrina, Ike and Gustav.  She received her BS in Psychology from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA in 2009, and her MS in Social Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2013.  She is currently collecting data for her dissertation, and is expecting to defend her dissertation in during Spring 2018.

Area of Current Research

Cassandra’s overarching research interests and experiences are in the psychological processes of decision making.  As a member of the Social Justice and Decision Making Research Lab, under the direction of Dr. Angela Cole Dixon, Cassandra has examined factors that influence individuals’ decision making in a wide variety of contexts, including decisions made in response to health, terrorist, natural disaster and severe weather threats.  Her dissertation research seeks to examine (a) the roles of values and expectations in individuals’ choices between available courses of action during ordinary, everyday situations and potentially deadly natural disaster and severe weather situations, and (b) how these relations change when individuals are reminded of their own deaths.  Under the guidance of her NCAS research advisor Dr. Terri Adams, Cassandra has recently been engaged in research examining how emergency managers disseminate risk communications during weather emergencies, how these communications influence individuals’ decisions to engage in recommended protective actions, and, more broadly, the social and psychological impacts of severe weather.

 

Presentations and Publications

National/International Conference Presentations and Posters:

January 2017: An Examination of the Impact of Probabilistic vs. Deterministic Information on the Decision-Making Practices of Emergency Managers: 2016 HWT Case Study. Oral Presentation to be presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Seattle, Washington.

August 2015: The Roles of Cognitive and Affective Appraisals in H1N1 Vaccination Decisions. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

December 2014: African-American Students’ H1N1 Vaccination Decisions. Poster session presented at the Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference, National Harbor, MD.

February 2014: An Examination of Values and Right-Wing Authoritarianism in an African-American Student Sample. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

July 2013: A Psychological Analysis of H1N1 Vaccination Decisions. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.

July 2013: An Examination of Value Content, Structure, and Priorities in an African American Student Sample. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.

July 2013: Examining the Effectiveness of a Collaborative Psychological Statistics Competition: The Quiz Bowl. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.

May 2013: An Examination of Values and Right-Wing Authoritarianism in an African-American Student Sample. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

May 2013: The Quiz Bowl: An Innovative Psychological Statistics and Research Methods Pedagogical Approach. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

 

 

 

Regional/Local Conference Presentations and Posters:

April 2016: The Role of Vaccine Efficacy in Individuals’ Ebola Vaccination Intentions. Poster session to be presented at Howard University Research Week, Washington, DC.

June 2015: The Effects of Values on Security Policy Evaluations. Poster session to be presented at the Annual Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, Ann Arbor, MI.

April 2015: Procedural Fairness and Reactions to Possible Outcomes of the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) Presidential Nomination. Poster session presented at Howard University Research Week, Washington, DC.

April 2015: The Effects of Values on Security Policy Evaluations. Oral presentation given at Howard University Research Week, Washington, DC.

April 2015: The Roles of Fear, and Affective and Cognitive Appraisals in Determining African-American College Students’ H1N1 Vaccination Attitudes. Poster session presented at Howard University Research Week, Washington, DC.

April 2013: Values, their Relation to Right-Wing Authoritarianism, and their Role in Determining Reactions to Security Threats. In A. P. Cole (Chair), Values, their Relation to Right-Wing Authoritarianism, and their Role in Determining Reactions to Security Threats. Symposium conducted at the Leslie H. Hicks Research Symposium, Washington, DC.

Cole, A. P., Gill, J. M., Fletcher, K. D., Shivers, C. A., Allen, L. C., & Mwendwa, D. T. (2015). Understanding African-American College Students’ H1N1 Vaccination Decisions. Health Psychology, 34(12), 1185-1190. doi:10.1037/hea0000232

Shivers, C. A. (2013). The Effects of Values on Security Policy Evaluations (Master’s thesis). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 1553163).

Adams, T. M., Dovil, M., Stroman, C. A., Shivers, C. A., & Cole Dixon, A. P. Managing Disasters: How Understanding Human Responses to Severe Weather Threats Can Make Risk Communication More Effective. (MS2016-004) Manuscript in revision. (Submitted to International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters)

Adams, T. M., Shivers, C. A., & Taylor, S. An Exploration of Emergency Managers’ Preference for and Use of Probabilistic Information in Their Decision Making. Manuscript in preparation.

Adams, T. M., Shivers, C. A., & Morss, R. The Impact of Cultural Worldviews on Individuals’ Risk Perceptions during Severe Weather Events. Manuscript in preparation

Recognitions

April 2013: Excellent Panel Presentation (2nd Place), Leslie H. Hicks Research Symposium, Howard University