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Elizabeth Avery Foster

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School of Advertising & Public Relations
Associate Professor

Elizabeth Johnson Avery, “Beth,” is an Associate Professor of Public Relations and was Co-Director of the Risk, Health, and Crisis Communication Organized Research Unit at the University of Tennessee from 2009-2013. Avery has published more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and presented 50 pieces of original research at national and international academic conferences. Her research unit received $156,000 in funding from the University of Tennessee Office of Research. In addition to numerous other internal funding awards, Avery has applied for more than $2 million in grants from agencies including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. Avery’s research won the College-wide research award for top faculty researcher in 2010 and 2017. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, Avery completed a post-doctoral assistantship on a $3.5 million CDC grant, served as Campaign Manager for a mayoral candidate, and was the Environmental Education Coordinator at the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division for several years.

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Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Georgia, 2006
M.A., Communication, Wake Forest University, 2003
A.B.J., Public Relations, The University of Georgia, 1997

Research Interests: 
Health Communication
Crisis Communication
Public Relations
Public Health Campaigns