Adam Rainear


B.S., Meteorology, Rutgers University, 2014
B.A., Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University, 2014
M.A., Communication, University of Connecticut, 2016


Adam Rainear is an Ph.D student in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut.  Adam’s research interests are focused primarily in the fields of risk and science communication, with a specific focus on communicating the weather and climate to the public.  His current research projects examine using new technology, such as robots and virtual reality, to effectively communicate risky and science-related messages, in addition to other projects which examine social media as a risk communication tool.

Courses Taught

  • Comm 1000: The Process of Communication
  • Comm 1300: Mass Communication Systems
  • Comm 2940: Fundamentals of Digital Production
  • Comm 3300: Effects of Mass Media
  • Comm 3600: New Communication Technologies

Research Interests

  • Science Communication
  • Risk Communication
  • Environmental Communication
  • New Technology and Social Media

Research Affiliations

The Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences

UConn Media Effects and Video Game Laboratory

UConn Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory

UConn Center for Health Intervention and Prevention (CHIP)

Select Publications

Lachlan, K.A., & Rainear, A.M. (2018). Intercultural Crisis Management. In Y.Y. Kim (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Lin, X., Xu, Z., Rainear, A.M., Rice, R., Spence, P.R., & Lachlan, K.A. (2017). Research in Crises, Data Collection Suggestions and Practices. In S. Elswick (Ed.), Data Collection: Methods, Ethical Issues, and Future Directions (pp. 49-64).  New York: Nova Science Publishing.

Rainear, A.M., & Christensen, J.L. (2017). Protection Motivation Theory as an Explanatory Framework for Pro-Environmental Behavioral Intentions.  Communication Research Reports. In press. DOI:10.1080/08824096.2017.1286472

Lachlan, K.A., Spence, P.R., Rainear, A.M., Fishlock, J., Xu, Z., & Vanco, B. (2016). You’re My Only Hope: An Initial Exploration of the Effectiveness of Robotic Platforms in Engendering Learning about Crises and Risks. Computers in Human Behavior, 65, 606-611.

Spence, P.R., Lachlan, K.A., & Rainear, A.M. (2016). Social media and crisis research: Data collection and directions. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 667–672.

Curriculum Vitae