Edward Maibach

Director and Founder

Edward Maibach – a Mason distinguished University Professor – is a communication scientist who is expert in the uses of strategic communication and social marketing to address climate change and related public health challenges. His research – funded by NSF, NASA and private foundations – focuses on public understanding of climate change and clean energy; the psychology underlying public engagement; and cultivating TV weathercasters, health professionals, and climate scientists as effective climate educators. From 2011 to 2014, Ed co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment. He currently advises government agencies, museums, science societies and civic organizations on their climate change public engagement initiatives and serves on the Board of of the Global Climate and Health Alliance. In 2018, he was appointed a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2020 he was awarded Mason’s top research honor—the Beck Family Presidential Medal of Excellence in Research and Scholarship—and the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication (with Anthony Leiserowitz). In 2021, Ed was identified by Thompson Reuters as one of the world’s 10 most influential scientists working on climate change. Previously, Ed served as an Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, and as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli. Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University, his MPH at San Diego State University, and his BA in psychology at University of California, San Diego.