Grantee: David Buller, Ph.D.

David Buller

David Buller, Ph.D.

Health Communication Scientist
HCIRB Grantee
Organization:
  • Klein Buendel, Inc.

David Buller, Ph.D., is fascinated by communication that influences. This passion has included studying communication that directly reaches and affects individuals as well as indirect communication through organizations that prompts individuals to change. In the former, Dr. Buller has created effective classroom curricula and technology-based interventions such as websites and mobile apps. He is also interested in creating prevention communication that is ecologically valid and reaches individuals when and where they most need it. In the latter, Dr. Buller's research has focused on promoting policy adoption and implementation of evidence-based cancer prevention interventions in organizational contexts that reach and motivate individual in these organizations to reduce their cancer risk behavior.

Dr. Buller also conducts research on community-based skin cancer prevention interventions. He is currently developing strategies to convince senior decision-makers in organizations -- including workplaces and schools -- to adopt policies on sun protection. He also studies ways to implement evidence-based actions in organizational environments in order to improve sun safety practices by outdoor workers and students. The results of this research show that such organizations are receptive to policy promotion and often view sun protection as part of risk management. With sufficient support, these organizations will take steps to communicate about skin cancer prevention and encourage workers and students to practice sun protection. Organizations may be an effective entry point in communities for skin cancer prevention interventions.

Dr. Buller's current research is addressing how to take organizational interventions to scale.


The "ah-ha" moment that I repeatedly experience is the importance of interpersonal relations in determining health behavior. Direct personal contacts with change agents, opinion leaders, and peers have been an essential aspect of my successful cancer prevention interventions and, more recently, relationships within organizational contexts, especially as influenced by policy, have emerged as influential for improving individuals' prevention practices.”