Laura Sheble

Laura Sheble

Assistant Professor


Laura Sheble

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Office Hours

Winter 2019: By appointment: Please email so we can arrange a time.

Office Location

300.16 Kresge

Recent Publications

Naumann, R. B., Austin, A. E., Sheble, L., & Hassmiller Lich, K. (2019). System dynamics applications to injury and violence prevention: a systematic review. Current Epidemiology Reports. doi: 10.1007/s40471-019-00200-w.

Borrett, S. R., Sheble, L., Anway, E. C., & Moody, J. (2018). Bibliometric review of ecological network analysis: 2010-2016. Ecological Modelling, 382, 63-82.

Southwell, B.G., Thorson, E.A., & Sheble, L. (Eds.). (2018). Misinformation and mass audiences. In A.P. Dillon (Series Ed.), Information. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. Amazon

Sheble, L. (2018). Misinformation and science: Emergence, diffusion, and persistence. In B.G. Southwell, E.A. Thorson, & L. Sheble (Eds.), Misinformation and mass audiences. University of Texas Press.

Southwell, B.G., Thorson, E.A., & Sheble, L. (2017, Nov/Dec). The persistence and peril of misinformation. American Scientist, 105, 372. (Adapted from the Introduction to Misinformation and Mass Audiences).

Sheble, L. (2017). Macro-level diffusion of a methodological knowledge innovation: Research Synthesis Methods, 1972-2011. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 68(7). 2693–2708.

Ribisl, K. M., Fernandez, M. E., Friedman, D.B., Hannon, P., Leeman, J., Moore, A., Olson, L., Ory, M., Risendal, B., Sheble, L., Taylor, V., Williams, R., & Weiner, B. J. (2017). Impact of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network: Accelerating the translation of research into practice. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(3/S3), S233-S240. OA

Baron, J.S., Specht, A. Garnier, E., et al. (2017). Sustaining synthesis centers as critical research infrastructure. BioScience. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix053 Science Base

Research Project

Misinformation: With co-editors Brian Southwell (RTI, Duke University, UNC, Chapel Hill) and Emily Thorson (Syracuse University), I edited Misinformation and Mass Audiences, a volume in Andrew P. Dillon’s Information series published by the University of Texas Press in January 2018. Among the chapters, which were written by researchers in the health, environmental, political, communications, information, and behavioral sciences, is my own chapter, "Misinformation and science: Emergence, diffusion, and persistence". An essay adapted from the introduction to our work appeared in American Scientist ( In a distinct but topically related project, I am working with Rick Wesson of Support Intelligence to cultivate a theory that opens a new path to how we approach malware.

Health: I am working with researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health to complete a systematic overview of system dynamics methods in health research, and a study of research bias in relation to Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP). Through the Duke Network Analysis Center, where I am also a visiting research fellow, I am continuing work with Electronic Health Records.

Two recently completed projects include one led by Dr. Stuart Borrett (UNC-Wilmington, Duke Network Analysis Center) that combines bibliometric, network, and review techniques to analyze and present recent Ecological Network Analysis (ENA) research, which will appear in Ecological Modelling; and a second led by Dr. Jill Baron of the US Geological Survey's John Wesley Powell Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, which was recently published in BioScience (open access manuscript available in Science Base).

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