Brian Southwell


Dr. Brian Southwell is senior director of the Science in the Public Sphere Program in RTI International’s Center for Communication Science. He also is adjunct professor of Internal Medicine with Duke University and a graduate faculty member and adjunct associate professor in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Southwell has published widely on topics such as public understanding of science and misinformation as a challenge to public health. He co-founded the Duke Program on Medical Misinformation to improve patient-provider conversations about misinformation, and also has published a book, Misinformation and Mass Audiences, and numerous articles on the topic. Southwell’s work on misinformation has been featured in outlets such as JAMA and The Hospitalist.

In addition, Southwell created and hosts The Measure of Everyday Life, a public radio show that translates research for general audiences on WNCU 90.7 FM, based at North Carolina Central University.

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