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Devon Greyson - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Devon Greyson Devon Greyson

Assistant Professor of Communication | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Devon Greyson studies what people do with information and when this matters to health and social equity.


Areas of Expertise (5)

Vaccine Hesitancy

COVID-19 Vaccine Perception

Health Information and Behavior

Vaccine Debate

Vaccine Policy


Devon Greyson's expertise on vaccine perceptions and how people make health care decisions and what they do with information has made her an increasingly sought after expert with appearances in television, radio, online and print.


Video Appearances





Dr. Devon Greyson on Public Trust and the Rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccine


Education (3)

University of British Columbia: Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis: population and public health, information behaviour, gender)

University of British Columbia: MLIS, Library and Information Studies

Oberlin College: B.A., Women's Studies, Music

Press Coverage (4)

Alberta First Nation uses puppets to promote coronavirus safety messages

The Globe and Mail  print


Professor Devon Grayson comments on the Albert First Nation's use of puppets to promote coronavirus safety messages: “Indigenous groups … will usually be better at reaching members of their communities in culturally acceptable and trusted ways, which is something that mainstream medicine and public health have historically struggled with,” Dr. Greyson said.

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Understanding What’s True Online



Dr. Devon Greyson, Assistant Professor with the Department of Communications at UMass Amherst, explains the proliferation of mis- and dis-information and the harmful effects it is having on society.

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Maine faces numerous hurdles in coming race to vaccinate for COVID-19

Portland Press Herald  print


“I’m more concerned about the ethical decisions about who has access to the early vaccines,” said Devon Greyson, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who has studied vaccine policy and public perception. “There are going to be some challenging decisions that we would rather not get politicized around distributing the vaccine. … I anticipate there will be a lot of press coverage and more demand (than supply).”

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UMass Study: Can't Say If School Vaccine Mandates Drive Up Vaccination Rates



Researchers at UMass Amherst say it's unclear whether requiring vaccines in schools directly increases the number of children who get them. Data collected from 50 years of studies do show vaccination rates are higher when schools have vaccine mandates. But UMass professor Devon Greyson said that could be for a variety of reasons. There may be higher vaccine awareness in those places, or better insurance coverage. "We tend to think of these mandates as convincing parents," Greyson said. "However, mandates also have other effects on the whole vaccination system."

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