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Kenneth Wilson

Kenneth Wilson

Co-Director Community Research Lab
Ph.D., Purdue University 1974
Office: Brewster A-409
Tel: 252.328.4897


Social Psychology

Research Methods


Selected Publications and Papers:

"Weathering the Storm: Measuring Household Willingness-to-Pay for Risk-Reduction in Post-Katrina New Orleans" by Craig E. Landry, Paul Hindsley, Jamie B. Kruse, John C. Whitehead and Kenneth R. Wilson. Revised and re-submitted to Southern Economic Journal 2011 77 (4): 991-1013.

"Going Home: Evacuation-Migration Decisions of Hurricane Katrina Survivors" by Craig E. Landry, Okmyung Bin, Paul Hindsley, John Whitehead, and Kenneth Wilson. Southern Economic Journal. 2007. 74 (2): 326-43

"Research Records and the Resolution of Misconduct Allegations at Research Universities"by Kenneth Wilson, Alan Schreier, Angel Griffin and David Resnik. Accountability in Research 14:57–71, 2007.

"Academic Research Record-Keeping: Best Practices for Individuals, Group Leaders, and Institutions" by AA Schreier, KR Wilson, and D. Resnik. Academic Medicine 81:42-47.

"A Comparative Assessment of Impacts and Recovery from Hurricane Floyd among Student and Non-Student Households" by Marieke Van Willigen, Bob Edwards, Stephanie Lormand, Ken Wilson, and John Maiolo Natural Hazards Review. 2005 6:180-190.

"Social Stratification and the Digital Divide" by Kenneth R. Wilson, Jennifer Wallin and Christa Reiser Handbook of Public Information Systems (2nd edition) edited by David Garson. Taylor & Francis. Pages 173-184.

"Seeking Alternatives For In-Service Technology Workshops From The Teacher's Perspective" by William Sugar and Kenneth Wilson accepted for publication in Journal of Computing in Teacher Education 2005 21:91-98.

"Social Stratification: The Digital Divide in North Carolina" by Kenneth Wilson, Christa Reiser, Kelly, Potter and Jennifer Wallin. Sociation Today. 2004, 2: 1-21.

"Communicating Breast Cancer Risk: Patient Perceptions of Provider Discussions " by Renee Royak-Schaler, Carrie N. Klabunde, Wendy F.Greene, Donald R. Lannin, Brenda DeVellis, Wilson, Kenneth R. & Brian Cheuvront. Medscape Women's Health eJournal 2002, 7(2):1-8.

"Refugee Settlements in Southern Sudan: Using Multivariate Analysis to Assess Household Well-Being" by Johnathan Bascomb and Kenneth R. Wilson. African Geographical Review. 2001, 21:61-78.

"Public Perceptions of Economic Development and Technology after the Storms," by Kenneth Wilson, Bob Edwards, Marieke Van Willigen, John R. Maiolo, and John C. Whitehead, in Facing Our Future: Hurricane Floyd and Recovery in the Coastal Plain, edited by John R. Maiolo, John C. Whitehead, Monica McGee, Lauriston King, Jeffrey Johnson, and Harold Stone. Wilmington, NC: Coastal Carolina Press. Fall 2001.

"Hurricane Floyd's Impact on Eastern North Carolina Businesses" by Kenneth Wilson, John R. Maiolo, Bob Edwards, John Whitehead, Marieke Van Willigen in Ellen Wood Rickert (ed.), Eye of the Storm: Essays in the Aftermath. Wilmington NC: Coastal Carolina Press. Spring 2000. Part IV,166-171.

"Diagnostic Evaluation of Patients with Blunt Abdominal trauma: A Decision Analysis" by Charles K. Brown, Kathleen A. Dunn and Kenneth Wilson, Academic Emergency Medicine, 2000 7: 385-396.

"Heading for Higher Ground: Factors Affecting Real and Hypothetical Hurricane Evacuation Behavior," Environmental Hazards, by John C. Whitehead, Bob Edwards, Marieke Van Willigen, John R. Maiolo, Kenneth Wilson, and Kevin T. Smith 2000: 4:

"Hurricane Evacuation Behavior of Coastal North Carolina Residents during Bonnie, Dennis, and Floyd," by John C. Whitehead, Bob Edwards, Marieke Van Willigen, John R. Maiolo, and Kenneth Wilson, in Facing Our Future: Hurricane Floyd and Recovery in the Coastal Plain, edited by John R. Maiolo, John C. Whitehead, Monica McGee, Lauriston King, Jeffrey Johnson, and Harold Stone. Wilmington, NC: Coastal Carolina Press.

In August 1989, Janice Faulkner (Director Regional Development Services) asked me to establish the Survey Research Laboratory. I served as the director until May 2001 when I assumed the role of Scientific Director so that I could have more time to pursue my academic interests. During my term as Director, I directed contracts totaling over a million dollars that included more than 100 surveys. During most of this time, the Survey Research Laboratory had a permanent staff of two people, the Assistant Director and myself, so I was deeply involved in the design and development of most projects. Projects ranged from a three-year longitudinal study to evaluate the relative effectiveness of several types of community breast cancer education programs funded by the National Cancer Institute to interviewing mothers who had recently lost infants for the Pitt County Health Department. The SRL interviewed faculty members over age 55 working in 5 midwestern states concerning their retirement plans as well as interviewing residents of coastal North Carolina concerning their evacuation during recent hurricanes. After Hurricane Floyd, I worked with FEMA to design a survey of businesses that was used by FEMA to estimate the extent of losses incurred by businesses in eastern North Carolina.

My current research focuses in four areas. I am starting to develop a research program on how research is conducted and the kinds of norms necessary for scientific integrity. Initial research was funded by NSF and I hope that follow-up money will be provided by NSF or ORI (NIH). I am also returning to my interest in natural disasters. I am a Co-PI on an NSF project with several economists assessing public willingness to rebuild New Orleans. I am also working with Christa Reiser on a project to better understand how people make decisions to evacuate coastal housing as storms approach. Third, I am working with three other faculty members to analyze data on a random sample of over 950 breast cancer survivors and with another group of faculty to assess the factors that encourage participation in community based breast cancer education. Finally, I am interested in developing a better understanding of how the Internet and digital technology are transforming rural life. I have worked with the Rural Internet Access Authority to develop and conduct a survey of over 12,000 North Carolina households. During the coming year I plan to combine this survey data with census data to better understand the impact of social and economic environment on household resources and attitudes.