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Achieving ALARA Goals

Motivating Performance for Achieving ALARA Goals – With the Carrot or the Stick? A paper published in Nuclear News, American Nuclear Society, July 2005 (6 pages).

Active Listening

How to Talk with Care Receivers. A One-Hour Continuing Education Lecture on Active Listening presented to 15 Stephen Ministers and Pastoral Visitation Team members at Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, April 16, 2014. Included a handout of about 35 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IIIHow to Be Most Helpful for a Fearful Person. Active Listening. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. April 18, 2012. 4 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IIThe Role of the Subconscious Mind. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. March 22, 2012. 3 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IUnderstanding Radiation Fears. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. February 22, 2012. 3 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation. A 90-minute seminar presented three times to about 50 staff of the Radiology Department of the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, MD. February 16 and 18, 2012. Included a handout of 20 pages

What Can You Say, When You Do Not Know What to Say. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. December 20, 2011. 3 pages.

What Can You Do, When You Are Not Believed? Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. November 17, 2011. 3 pages

Simple Tools for Counseling Radiation Workers and the Public. An 8-hour workshop presented for about 30 attendees for Certified Health Physicist continuing education credits with the American Academy of Health Physics, annual meeting of the Health Physics Society, West Palm Beach, FL. June 25, 2011. Included a manual of over 325 pages.

Worker Counseling, Part II – Tools for Effective Risk Communication. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program (PEP Class W-1), Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented to over 40 attendees with a handout of 63 pages.

The Most Powerful Tool for Radiation Risk Communication – Active Listening. A one-hour Continuing Education Lecture presented to over 50 attendees on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Pittsburgh, PA (included a handout of over 20 pages).

The Most Powerful Tool for Radiation Risk Communication – Active Listening. A 90-minute invited talk for the annual NASA Occupational Health Conference on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, Baltimore, MD to about 40 attendees (included a 20-page handout).

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Brain-Based Learning

Part 7: Brain –Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. Motivation, Rewards, and Creativity (This is the seventh in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, December 2008.

Part 6: Brain –Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How Threats and Stress Affect Learning. (This is the sixth in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, May 2007.

Part 5: Brain –Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How to Get the Brain’s Attention. (This is the fifth in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, January 2007

Part 4: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How to Enrich the Learning Environment. (This is the fourth in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, September 2006).

Brain-Based Learning - New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. A four-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, June 25, 2006 (included a 75-page training manual).

Part 3: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How to Get Students Ready to Learn. (This is the third in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, April 2006).

Part 2: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How the Brain Learns. (This is the second of a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, January 2006).

Part 1: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. Ten Elements of Brain-Based Learning. (This is the first of a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, September 2005).

Brain-Based Learning - New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, July 10, 2005 (included 50-page training manual).

Brain-Based Learning - New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. A 15 minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, July 13, 2005.

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Counseling and Communication Tools

Five Tools for Effective Responses to Workers, the Public, and the Media.  A 45-minute presentation for the Baltimore Washington Chapter Health Physics Society annual meeting, Bethesda, MD on May 13, 2016.

Guided Meditation. A one hour training session presented to eight Stephen Ministers at Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church on March 18, 2015. Included a handout of 12 pages.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Stephen Ministers – A 90 minute presentation to ten Stephen Ministers of the Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, November 19, 2014. Included a handout of about 50 pages.

How to Talk with Care Receivers. A One-Hour Continuing Education Lecture on Active Listening presented to 15 Stephen Ministers and Pastoral Visitation Team members at Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, April 16, 2014. Included a handout of about 35 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IIIHow to Be Most Helpful for a Fearful Person. Active Listening. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. April 18, 2012. 4 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IIThe Role of the Subconscious Mind. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. March 22, 2012. 3 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IUnderstanding Radiation Fears. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. February 22, 2012. 3 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation. A 90-minute seminar presented three times to about 50 staff of the Radiology Department of the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, MD. February 16 and 18, 2012. Included a handout of 20 pages.

What Can You Say, When You Do Not Know What to Say. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. December 20, 2011. 3 pages.

What Can You Do, When You Are Not Believed? Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. November 17, 2011. 3 pages.

Simple Tools for Counseling Radiation Workers and the Public. An 8-hour workshop presented for about 30 attendees for CHP continuing education credits with the American Academy of Health Physics, annual meeting of the Health Physics Society, West Palm Beach, FL. June 25, 2011. Included a manual of over 325 pages.

How Well Do You Communicate About Radiation Issues- Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. January 24, 2011. 3 pages

Worker Counseling, Part I – Understanding the Basis for Fear and Upset. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program (PEP Class M-1), Monday, June 28, 2010. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented to over 40 attendees with a handout of 58 pages.

Worker Counseling, Part II – Tools for Effective Risk Communication. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program, Class W-1, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah to over 40 attendees (with a handout of 63 pages).

Insights in Worker Counseling for Health Physicists. A 15-minute paper presented to about 100 attendees in the session on Operational Radiation Safety on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, with a handout of six pages.

Counseling Workers, Part II: Tools for Effective Risk Communication. (Chapter 9, 44 pages) In: Radiation Risk Communication: Issues and Solutions. Raymond H. Johnson, Editor. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School, Albuquerque, NM, January 27-29, 2010. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (300 pages).

Counseling Workers, Part III: Goals for Communication, ALARA, and Training. (Chapter 10, 28 pages) In: Radiation Risk Communication: Issues and Solutions. Raymond H. Johnson, Editor. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School, Albuquerque, NM, January 27-29, 2010. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (300 pages).

The Most Powerful Tool for Radiation Risk Communication – Active Listening. A one-hour Continuing Education Lecture presented to over 50 attendees on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Pittsburgh, PA (included a handout of over 20 pages).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part II: Practical Tools for Effective Radiation Risk Communication. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, July 11, 2004 (included 24 page manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part II: Practical Tools for Effective Radiation Risk Communication (Chapter 33, 40 pages), In: Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Allen Brodsky, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., and Ronald E. Goans, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Summer School 2004. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (808 pages).

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Ethics and Truth

Professional Ethics and Truth in Radiation Risk Communications. A 30-minute presentation for about 100 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. American Academy of Health Physics Special Session on Professional Ethics. TAM-B.4 Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Included a handout of 11 pages.

Why Telling People the Truth About Radiation is NOT Working. A one-hour presentation for over 100 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Continuing Education Lecture CEL – 1. Monday, 7 – 8 AM, July 13, 2015. Included a handout of 19 pages.

Why People Do NOT Believe Our Best Radiation Risk Estimates. A 60-minute presentation to 28 for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School on Estimation of Radiological Risks at Purdue University, Lafayette, IN. Friday, July 10, 2015. Included a handout of 23 pages.

Why Telling the Truth about Radiation is NOT Working. A 30-minute lecture presented to about 70 attendees at the Annual Meeting of the Baltimore - Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Rockville, Maryland on Friday, May 8, 2015. Included a handout of 17 pages.

Is Telling the Truth the Answer to Effective Radiation Risk Communications - A one-hour Continuing Education Lecture presented to about 30 at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Norfolk, VA. February 4, 2015. Included a handout of 21 pages.

Ethics of Radiological Protection in Public Communications - Is Telling the Truth the Answer? A four page article published in Redaktionsplan Schwerpunktthema, Strahlenschutz PRAXIS 4/2014 – Stand 24.07.2014 at the request of Dr. Renate Czarwinski, President of the International Radiation Protection Association. November 2014.

Ethics of Radiological Protection in Public Communications - Is Telling the Truth the Answer? A 30-minute presentation for a two-day Workshop on the Ethics of Radiological Protection at the First International Radiation Protection Association North American hosted by the Health Physics Society, the Canadian Radiation Protection Association, and the Sociedad Mexicana de Seguridad Radiologica. Baltimore, MD. July 17, 2014. Included a handout of 11 pages.

Is Telling the Truth about Radiation the Answer to Effective Risk Communication? A 15-minute presentation to about 75 people at the Health Physics Society annual meeting in Baltimore, MD July 15, 2014.

Is Telling the Truth the Answer to Effective Radiation Risk Communication? A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program lecture presented to about 40 at the Health Physics Society annual meeting in Baltimore, MD July 16, 2014. Included a handout of 51 pages.

Why People Accept the Words “Deadly Radiation" as the Truth. A 15 minute paper presented to about 200 people at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, January 30, 2013. Handout of 4 pages.

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Fears

60+ Years of Radiation Fears Driven by Imagination and Mythology. .A 30 minute invited presentation to about 150 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on the 60th Anniversary of the HPS. WPM – A.1. Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Included a handout of 9 pages.

Understanding the Basis for Radiation Fears. A 30 –minute paper presented to about 75 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Non-destructive Testing, Las Vegas, NV. November 6, 2013. Included a handout of 40 pages.

Understanding the Basis for Radiation Fears. A 7-page paper for publication in the proceedings of the annual meeting of the American Society for Non-destructive Testing, Las Vegas, NV November 3-7, 2013. Written August 20, 2013.

Radiation Fears in Response to Fukushima. Article for the March 2013 Newsletter of the Health Physics Society. 1 page.

Radiation Fears and Nuclear Gauges. A five-hour seminar presented to nine management staff of Industrial Dynamics Company, LTD. Torrance, CA on March 15, 2012. Included a manual of 70 pages.

Radiation – To Fear or Not To Fear. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. October 27, 2011. 3 pages.

Radiation Fears and the Subconscious Mind. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. September 19, 2011. Three pages.

Japan Nuclear Fears – Real and Perceived Dangers. A 15-minute presentation in a special session on Fukushima Public Information to about 150 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society, West Palm Beach, FL. June 29, 2011. Included a handout of 5 pages.

The Psychology of Radiation Safety – How to Answer Questions. A 15-minute presentation to about 200 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society, West Palm Beach, FL. June 29, 2011. Included a handout of 5 pages.

How We Formed Our Profession – the Psychology of Radiation Safety, It’s All About Fears. A 30-minute invited presentation for an American Academy of Health Physics Special Session, Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, June 28, 2011, Attended by over 150 people and included a handout of 9 pages.

Japan Nuclear Fears. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. March 18, 2011. 3 pages.

Japan Nuclear Fears - The Psychology of Radiation Safety. A 90 – minute invited briefing presented to Burk and Associates (Secretariat for the Health Physics Society), March 16, 2011. Attended by about 20 and included a handout of about 30 pages.

Worker Counseling, Part I – Understanding the Basis for Fear and Upset. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program, Class M-1, Monday, June 28, 2010. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented to over 40 attendees with a handout of 58 pages.

Counseling Workers, Part 1: Understanding Fears of Radiation. (Chapter 8, 39 pages) In: Radiation Risk Communication: Issues and Solutions. Raymond H. Johnson, Editor. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School, Albuquerque, NM, January 27-29, 2010. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (300 pages).

A History of Radiation Fears. A 30-minute technical paper presented at a special History Session to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Health Physics Society at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Providence, RI, June 25-29, 2006. Mr. Johnson Chaired the HPS History Committee and organized the special half-day program.

Fear of Radiation, A History, An invited 90-minute keynote speaker presentation at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Thermo Electron Corporation Users Group, Nashville, TN, June 5-8, 2006 (included a handout of 25 pages).

A History of Radiation Fears, A 30-minute technical paper presented at a the Annual Meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Columbia, MD, May 26, 2006 ( included a handout of 15 pages).

Practical Tools for Dealing with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism, PDC 121, an 8-hour workshop presented for the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL May 13, 2006 (included a 125-page training manual).

The Gift of Fear and Survival Skills in a Time of Nuclear Terrorism. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, July 10, 2005 (included a 50-page training manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism: Part I - Understanding the Fear Factor. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 20, 2003 (included a 40-page manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism: Part II - Ten Practical Steps and Tools. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 20, 2003 (included a 35-page manual).

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First Responder – Emergency Responder Training

To Help First Responders - Its Time for Us to Become Radiation Myth Busters. A presentation and technical paper published in the proceedings of the Health Physics Society Midyear Topical Meeting — Recent Advances in Planning and Response to Radiation Emergencies, San Antonio, Texas, January 31 – February 3, 2009. 12 pages.

The Main Attraction for the Midyear Meeting on Radiation Emergencies. A short article for the Health Physics Society Newsletter, October 1008.

Emergency Response Plans – How Fears May Affect Reality. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Portland, OR on July 11, 2007.

Radiation Safety for Security and Emergency Responders, Four two-day classes presented for the Sewells Point Navy Shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia, December 5 – 8, 2006 and February 6 – 9, 2007 (included a 300 page training manual).

Field Guide for Health and Safety Officers for Response to Radiological Incidents in New York City. Co-authored with Dr. Alan Fellman, for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Office of Radiological Health, October 2005 (over 100 pages).

Eight Steps for Effective Emergency Responder Radiation Training (Chapter 14, 30 pages), In: Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Allen Brodsky, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., and Ronald E. Goans, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Summer School 2004. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (808 pages).

Effective Training of First Responders for Homeland Security. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Washington, DC, July 13, 2004.

Radiation Safety for Emergency Responders. A two-day workshop for the Naval Support Activity Fire Department, Mechanicsburg, PA, September 3 - 4, 2003 (included a 400-page manual).

Concepts and Methods for Communicating with Responders and the Public. A two-hour workshop presented to the American Academy of Health Physics as part of a one-day program on Training for Homeland Security, chaired by Raymond Johnson at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 19, 2003 (included 34-page manual).

Emergency Response for Radioactive Material Spills. A one-day workshop presented for the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. April 16, 2003 (included a 180-page manual).

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HAZMAT Response

Risk Decisions During Radiation Emergencies – Fears May Overtake Reality. A 30 – minute presentation to about 125 at Round Table 240 on Radiation Emergency Response at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Indianapolis, IN. June 21, 2012. Included a handout of 14 pages.

Emergency Response Plans – How Fears May Affect Reality. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Portland, OR on July 11, 2007.

Radiation Safety and HAZMAT Response. A two-day workshop presented for the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. May 3 – 4, (included a 350-page manual).

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Homeland Security Communications

Risk Decisions During Radiation Emergencies – Fears May Overtake Reality. A 30 – minute presentation to about 125 at Round Table 240 on Radiation Emergency Response at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Indianapolis, IN. June 21, 2012. Included a handout of 14 pages.

Field Guide for Health and Safety Officers for Response to Radiological Incidents in New York City. Co-authored with Dr. Alan Fellman, for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Office of Radiological Health, October 2005 (over 100 pages).

Helping Homeland Security Personnel Learn about Radiation. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Mid-year Meeting of the Health Physics Society, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 13-6, 2005 (8-page paper published in HPS Proceedings).

Effective Training of First Responders for Homeland Security. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Washington, DC, July 13, 2004.

How RSOs can be Involved in Homeland Security and Response to Nuclear Terrorism. A 15- minute technical presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, San Diego, CA July 23, 2003.

Concerns for Homeland Security Could Promote Public Understanding of Radiation. A 15-minute technical presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, San Diego, CA, July 21, 2003.

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Insights in Communication

75 Monthly columns in Health Physics News, the Newsletter of the Health Physics Society, McLean, VA 1994-2000.

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Images and Perceptions

60+ Years of Radiation Fears Driven by Imagination and Mythology. A 30 minute invited presentation to about 150 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on the 60th Anniversary of the HPS. WPM – A.1. Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Included a handout of 9 pages.

Employee Exposure Risks from Radioactive Melting Incidents – Reality vs Perceptions. An invited one-hour presentation to about 50 attendees at the Radiation Issues Seminar of the Steel Manufacturers Association annual conference in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2008 (included a handout of 11 pages).

Images Control Our Perceptions of Radiation Risks. A one-hour seminar, presented for the Armed Forces Radiobiological Research Institute, March 12, 2002 (included a manual of 18 pages).

Risk Perceptions and Decommissioning. Co-authored with Dr. Alan Fellman. A 15 minute technical paper presented at the Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Orlando, FL, Feb. 18, 2002. (10 pages).

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News Media and Interviews

Part I - How to Prepare for News Media Interviews. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented with Kelly Classic (HPS Media Liaison) to about 20 attendees on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Pittsburgh, PA (included a handout of over 50 pages).

Part II - How to Conduct News Media Interviews. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented with Kelly Classic (HPS Media Liaison) to about 20 attendees on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Pittsburgh, PA (included a handout of over 50 pages).

CTV News (Canadian Television) – Live interview with Marcia MacMillan (news anchor) at CTV studios in Washington, DC. Representing the Health Physics Society for comments on the Polonium-210 poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. Morning news about 8:10 to 8:15 am on December 1, 2006.

Communication with the Media – A Panel Discussion. A two-hour program chaired by Mr. Johnson, including a 30-minute presentation on How to Deal with Fears of Radiation, presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, July 12, 2004 (included 25 page manual).

Interactions with a Reporter. Health Physics News, March 2004, one page. Based on a four-hour interview with Mr. Steven Livingston, Editor, Washington Post.

Very Hot Commodities, Ray Johnson is Aglow over his Radioactive Treasures. A multipage article about Mr. Johnson’s collection of radioactive antiques featured in the Washington Post, December 29, 2003, by Post Editor, Steven Livingston (this article was syndicated in newspapers all over the country). Mr. Johnson conducted a four-hour interview with Mr. Livingston as the basis for this article. This included a two-hour tour of Mr. Johnson’s collection at the Radiation Safety Academy and another two hours showing Mr. Livingston how radioactive antiques can be found at local antique shops.

Concepts and Methods for Communicating with Responders and the Public. A two-hour workshop presented to the American Academy of Health Physics as part of a one-day program on Training for Homeland Security, chaired by Raymond Johnson at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 19, 2003 (included 34-page manual).

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Medical / Cardiologists

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IIIHow to Be Most Helpful for a Fearful Person. Active Listening. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. April 18, 2012. 4 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IIThe Role of the Subconscious Mind. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. March 22, 2012. 3 pages.

How to Talk with Patients Concerned with Radiation, Part IUnderstanding Radiation Fears. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. February 22, 2012. 3 pages

Fundamental Questions on Radiation Safety for Medical Practitioners. A one-hour workshop on Response to Biological, Chemical, or Nuclear Terrorism, INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital, Mount Vernon, VA, December 8, 2001 (included a 12 page manual).

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Nuclear Power

Basis for Sentiments Against Nuclear Power. A 15-minute technical presentation to about 200 attendees at the Midyear meeting of the Health Physics Society, Baton Rouge, LA. February 11, 2014. Included a handout of 10 pages.

Radiation Risk Assessment and Communication. A 3-Day Course presented with Dr. Alan Fellman to the Clinton Nuclear Power Company, Clinton, IL, September 17-19, 2003 (included a 400-page manual).

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Nuclear Terrorism

Handbook for Survival – Saving Lives During Radiation Release and Other Disasters. Review of a book by Allen Brodsky. Health Physics, April 2015, Vol 108. Issue 4, Page 480

Risk Decisions During Radiation Emergencies – Fears May Overtake Reality. A 30 – minute presentation to about 125 at Round Table 240 on Radiation Emergency Response at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Indianapolis, IN. June 21, 2012. Included a handout of 14 pages.

The Main Attraction for the Midyear Meeting on Radiation Emergencies. A short article for the Health Physics Society Newsletter, October 1008.

Emergency Response Plans – How Fears May Affect Reality. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Portland, OR on July 11, 2007.

The Gift of Fear and Survival Skills in a Time of Nuclear Terrorism. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, July 10, 2005 (included 50-page training manual).

Field Guide for Health and Safety Officers for Response to Radiological Incidents in New York City. Co-authored with Dr. Alan Fellman, for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Office of Radiological Health, October 2005 (over 100 pages).

Tools for Dealing with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism. A 30-min technical paper presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, May 25, 2005.

The Gift of Fear and Survival Skills in a Time of Nuclear Terrorism. A 30-min technical paper presented at the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, May 14, 2005 (included 30 page manual).

How to Deal with the Threat of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism. A 4-hour Solutions Workshop presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference, Montreal, Canada, Oct. 4, 2004 (included a manual of 42 pages).

Dealing with the Terror of Nuclear Terrorism, Published in Operational Radiation Safety, Vol. 87, Supplement 1, Health Physics, The Radiation Safety Journal, August 2004. (10 pages).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism Part I: Understanding the Fear Factor (Chapter 32, 33 pages), In: Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Allen Brodsky, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., and Ronald E. Goans, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Summer School 2004. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (808 pages).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part II: Practical Tools for Effective Radiation Risk Communication (Chapter 33, 40 pages), In: Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Allen Brodsky, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., and Ronald E. Goans, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Summer School 2004. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (808 pages).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part I: Understanding the Fear Factor. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, July 11, 2004 (included 34 page manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part II: Practical Tools for Effective Radiation Risk Communication. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, July 11, 2004 (included 24 page manual).

How to Deal with the Terror of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism, Part I: Understanding the Fear Factor, Part II: Practical Tools for Effective Risk Communication. A Two-Hour Topical Training Session for the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 24, 2004 (included 58 page manual).

Nuclear Terrorism Training. A one-day workshop for the Naval Support Activity, Mechanicsburg, PA September 5, 2003 (included a 180-page manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism: Part I-Understanding the Fear Factor. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 20, 2003 (included 40-page manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism: Part II- Ten Practical Steps and Tools. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 20, 2003 (included 35-page manual).

How RSOs can be Involved in Homeland Security and Response to Nuclear Terrorism. A 15- minute technical presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, San Diego, CA July 23, 2003.

Practical Tools for Response to Nuclear Terrorism. United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration. A one week Hands-On Workshop for Radiation Assistance Program (RAP) Team Leaders and Team Members, May 19 - 23, 2003, Presented at the Emergency Operations Training Academy, Energy Training Center, Albuquerque, NM (included a 1,200-page manual).

Facing the Terror of Nuclear Terrorism. A paper published in Occupational Health & Safety Vol. 72, No. 5, May 2003. (10 pages).

How can Local HPS Chapter Members Respond to Nuclear Terrorism. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, May 12, 2003 (included a manual of 24 pages).

What do you Tell Students and Families about Nuclear Terrorism? A one-hour workshop presented with Dr. Alan Fellman, at the Annual Conference of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers, Frederick, MD, October 18, 2002 (included a manual of 15 pages).

Management of Radiological Terrorist Events. A one-day workshop presented for the NASA 2002 Occupational Health Conference, July 7, 2002, Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington, DC (included a 100-page manual).

Management of Radiological Terrorist Events. A 15-minute technical paper published in the proceedings of the NASA 2002 Occupational Health Conference, July 7, 2002, Washington, DC, 12 pages.

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Public Communications

Ethics of Radiological Protection in Public Communications - Is Telling the Truth the Answer? A four page article published in Redaktionsplan Schwerpunktthema, Strahlenschutz PRAXIS  4/2014 – Stand 24.07.2014 at the request of Dr. Renate Czarwinski, President of the International Radiation Protection Association. November 2014.

Ethics of Radiological Protection in Public Communications - Is Telling the Truth the Answer? A 30-minute presentation for a two-day Workshop on the Ethics of Radiological Protection at the First International Radiation Protection Association North American hosted by the Health Physics Society, the Canadian Radiation Protection Association, and the Sociedad Mexicana de Seguridad Radiologica. Baltimore, MD. July 17, 2014. Included a handout of 11 pages.

Why People Accept the Words “Deadly Radiation" as the Truth. A 15 minute paper presented to about 200 people at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, January 30, 2013. Included a handout of 4 pages.

Case Studies in Radiation Risk Communication. A 20-minute presentation to about 150 at Podium Session 119 on All Things Radiation, at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Portland, OR. May 18, 2011. Included a handout of 7 pages.

Fundamentals of Radiation Risk Communication – Part 1, Dealing with the Public. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 8, 2007 (included a 90-page training manual).

Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Allen Brodsky, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., and Ronald E. Goans, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Summer School 2004. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (808 pages).

Note: This was the largest summer school ever held by the Health Physics Society. Mr. Johnson not only co-edited the book, but organized and co-chaired the summer school which included 44 instructors and over 180 attendees, and he also wrote four chapters for the textbook comprising over 150 pages as listed below and presented instruction based on each chapter).

Concepts and Methods for Communicating with Responders and the Public. A two-hour workshop presented to the American Academy of Health Physics as part of a one-day program on Training for Homeland Security, chaired by Raymond Johnson at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 19, 2003 (included 34-page manual).

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Radioactive Antiques

Radioactivity in Glassware and Ceramics (Chapter 7, 5 pages) In: Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) and Technologically Enhanced NORM (TENORM). P. Andrew Karam and Brian J. Vetter, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School, Minneapolis, MN July, 16-18, 2009. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (549 pages).

Ray Johnson: Collecting for a Cause. This 1-page article about Mr. Johnson’s collection of radioactive antiques was the first in a new series Members Behind the Scenes. Published in ANS News, July/August 2005, American Nuclear Society, Sarah Wells, Editor.

Very Hot Commodities, Ray Johnson is Aglow over his Radioactive Treasures. A multipage article about Mr. Johnson’s collection of radioactive antiques featured in the Washington Post, December 29, 2003, by Post Editor, Steven Livingston (this article was syndicated in newspapers all over the country). Mr. Johnson conducted a four-hour interview with Mr. Livingston as the basis for this article. This included a two-hour tour of Mr. Johnson’s collection at the Radiation Safety Academy and another two hours showing Mr. Livingston how radioactive antiques can be found at local antique shops.

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Radiation Fears

60+ Years of Radiation Fears Driven by Imagination and Mythology. .A 30 minute invited presentation to about 150 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on the 60th Anniversary of the HPS. WPM – A.1. Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Included a handout of 9 pages.

Understanding the Basis for Radiation Fears. A 30 –minute paper presented to about 75 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Non-destructive Testing, Las Vegas, NV. November 6, 2013. Included a handout of 40 pages.

Understanding the Basis for Radiation Fears. A 7-page paper for publication in the proceedings of the annual meeting of the American Society for Non-destructive Testing, Las Vegas, NV November 3-7, 2013. Written August 20, 2013.

Radiation Fears in Response to Fukushima. Article for the March 2013 Newsletter of the Health Physics Society. 1 page.

Radiation Fears in Response to Fukushima. A two-hour lecture presented to 35 attendees at the Professional Development School, Lessons we are Learning from Fukushima, sponsored by the Health Physics Society, Scottsdale, AZ. January 30 – February 1, 2013. Handout of 52 pages. Also served as Administrative Dean for this school.

Understanding the Basis for Radiation Fears – A one-hour presentation for the annual meeting of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Orlando, FL. October 31, 2012. Included a handout package of 42 pages.

Understanding and Responding to Radiation Fears – Part II. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Presentation to 28 attendees at the Health Physics Society annual meeting Sacramento, CA. July 25, 2012. Included a handout of 44 pages.

Understanding and Responding to Radiation Fears – Part I. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Presentation to 25 attendees at the Health Physics Society annual meeting Sacramento, CA. July 23, 2012. Included a handout of 44 pages.

Radiation – To Fear or Not To Fear. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. October 27, 2011. 3 pages.

Radiation Fears and the Subconscious Mind. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. September 19, 2011. Three pages.

Japan Nuclear Fears - Real and Perceived Dangers. A 30-minute presentation to about 350 for a special session on the Japan Nuclear Incident at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Portland, OR. May 16, 2011. Included a handout of 12 pages.

Japan Nuclear Fears. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. March 18, 2011. 3 pages.

Japan Nuclear Fears - The Psychology of Radiation Safety. A 90 – minute invited briefing presented to Burk and Associates (Secretariat for the Health Physics Society), March 16, 2011. Attended by about 20 and included a handout of about 30 pages.

Worker Counseling, Part I – Understanding the Basis for Fear and Upset. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program, Class M-1, Monday, June 28, 2010. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented to over 40 attendees with a handout of 58 pages.

Insights in Worker Counseling for Health Physicists. A 15-minute paper presented to about 100 attendees in the session on Operational Radiation Safety on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, with a handout of six pages.

To Reduce Radiation Fears – It’s Time to Become Radiation Myth Buster. A 20-minute podium presentation (PO 118) to about 350 attendees at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Denver, CO, May 22, 2010 (included a handout of 24 slides).

How Clean is Clean? – How Fears Drive Cleanup Levels. A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society 2007 Midyear Topical Meeting on Decontamination, Decommissioning, and Environmental Cleanup, Knoxville, Tennessee. January 21 – 24, 2007.

A History of Radiation Fears. A 30-minute technical paper presented at a special History Session to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Health Physics Society at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Providence, RI, June 25-29, 2006. Mr. Johnson Chaired the History Committee and organized the special half-day program.

Fear of Radiation, A History, An invited 90-minute keynote speaker presentation at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Thermo Electron Corporation Users Group, Nashville, TN, June 5-8, 2006 (included a handout of 25 pages).

A History of Radiation Fears, A 30-minute technical paper presented at a the Annual Meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Columbia, MD, May 26, 2006.

Tools for Dealing with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism. A 30-min technical paper presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, May 25, 2005.

The Gift of Fear and Survival Skills in a Time of Nuclear Terrorism. A 30-min technical paper presented at the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, May 14, 2005 (included 30 page manual).

Practical Tools for Dealing with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism, PDC 121, an 8-hour workshop presented for the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL May 13, 2006 (included a 125-page training manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism Part I: Understanding the Fear Factor (Chapter 32, 33 pages), In: Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Allen Brodsky, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., and Ronald E. Goans, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Summer School 2004. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (808 pages).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part II: Practical Tools for Effective Radiation Risk Communication (Chapter 33, 40 pages), In: Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Allen Brodsky, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., and Ronald E. Goans, Editors. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Summer School 2004. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (808 pages).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part I: Understanding the Fear Factor. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, July 11, 2004 (included 34 page manual).

How to Deal with Fears of Radiation and Nuclear Terrorism – Part II: Practical Tools for Effective Radiation Risk Communication. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, July 11, 2004 (included 24 page manual).

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Radiation Litigation

Review of Dickinson College’s Radon Testing and Mitigation Program – An 8 page expert witness report prepared for legal counsel at Dickinson College, November. 24, 2014

A Review of Radon Health Risk Concerns Raised by Plaintiffs in the Case of Casale v.
Segal & Morel, et.al.
Written as an expert witness for Patton Boggs, LLP, Newark, NJ. February 19, 2013, 21 pages plus attachments of 27 pages.

A Review of Radiation and Radon Measurement Data and Reports Provided by Mr. Wm. Wade Smith, Dr. D. Scott Simonton, and Dr. Charles M. Werntz, III for the Hagy Project. A 9 page report written as an expert witness for legal counsel. March 7, 2012.

The Role of the Radiation Safety Specialist as Witness: Risk Communication with Attorneys, Judges, and Jurors. A paper published in the Journal of the Health Physics Society. Vol. 81, No. 6, Dec. 2001. (pages 661-669).

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Radiation Mythology

60+ Years of Radiation Fears Driven by Imagination and Mythology. .A 30 minute invited presentation to about 150 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on the 60th Anniversary of the HPS. WPM – A.1. Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Included a handout of 9 pages.

Radiation – Most of What you have Heard is Mythology. A 90-minute presentation to about 25 at a dinner meeting of the Oakdale Emory United Methodist Men, October 1, 2013. Included a handout of 28 pages

Memorial Tribute to Dr. Herman Cember, CHP. Helping People Understand Radiation by Dispelling Myths. A 60 – minute presentation to about 150 at Round Table 218 on Managing Radiation Surprises, at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Portland, OR. May 17, 2011. Included a handout of 14 pages.

Most of What You Have Heard About Radiation May Be Mythology. A 90-minute presentation at the annual meeting for Mathematics, Science, and Education Technology at Morgan State University on January 15, 2011 on behalf of Baltimore-Washington Chapter HPS. Included a 25 page handout.

To Reduce Radiation Fears – It’s Time to Become a Radiation Myth Buster. A 20-minute podium presentation (PO 118) to about 350 attendees at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Denver, CO, May 22, 2010. (included a handout of 24 slides).

To Reduce Radiation Fears – It’s Time to Become Radiation Myth Buster. A 20-minute podium presentation (PO 118) to about 350 attendees at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Denver, CO, May 22, 2010 (included a handout of 24 slides).

To Become Better Communicators, We Need to Deal with Radiation Mythology. A 15- minute presentation at the Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society on Radiation Risk Communication to the Public, Albuquerque, NM. January 27, 2010 (included a 12-page paper for the proceedings).

Most of What you have Heard about Radiation May be Mythology. A 90-minute seminar presented at the annual Mathematics and Science Education Conference, Baltimore, MD. December 12, 2009 (included a 10-page handout).

Most of What You Believe about Radiation May be Mythology. A one-hour lecture presented at the annual meeting of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers, Sykesville, MD on October 16, 2009 (included a 10-page handout).

How to Become a Radiation Myth Buster. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented to about 30 attendees on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Minneapolis, MN (included a handout of over 50 pages).

Becoming Radiation Myth Busters. A 15-minute presentation on Monday, July 13, 2009 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Minneapolis, MN

Fifty Years of Radiation Mythology. Special one-hour invited presentation at the fiftieth anniversary meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Gaithersburg, MD, May 15, 2009 (included a handout of 25 pages).

To Help First Responders - Its Time for Us to Become Radiation Myth Busters. A presentation and technical paper published in the proceedings of the Health Physics Society Midyear Topical Meeting — Recent Advances in Planning and Response to Radiation Emergencies, San Antonio, Texas, January 31 – February 3, 2009. 12 pages.

Risk Communication - Its Time for Us to Become Radiation Myth Busters. A 1 ½ hour invited presentation to about 50 attendees at the Mid-Atlantic States Radiation Conference, sponsored by Maryland Department of the Environment, Hunt Valley, MD, September 24-25, 2008 (included a handout of 15 pages).

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Radiation Psychology

Psychological and Mental Health Aspects of Ionizing Radiation Exposure.   Article published in the Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier, Inc. Encyclopedia,  December 11, 2015. 22 pages

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Stephen Ministers – A 90 minute presentation to ten Stephen Ministers of the Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, November 19, 2014. Included a handout of about 50 pages.

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 15 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety - Part XIII. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. June 10, 2013. 2 pages.

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 14 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety - Part XII. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. May10, 2013. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 13 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety - Part XI. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. April 10, 2013. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 12 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety - Part X. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. March 10, 2013. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 11 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety - Part IX. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. February10, 2013. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 10 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety - Part VIII. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. January 10, 2013. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 9 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety -Part VII. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. December 9, 2012. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 8 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety – Part VI. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. November 10, 2012. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 7 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety – Part V. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. October 10, 2012. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 6 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety – Part IV. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. September 10, 2012. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 5 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety – Part III. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. August 10, 2012. 2 pages

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 4 - How Do We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety – Part II. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. . July 10, 2012. 4 pages.

Radiation Safety Psychology – Misunderstandings Abound. One-hour presentation at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD to over 100 on July 18, 2012. Invited speaker for their annual Safety Awareness Campaign. Included a handout of 31 pages.

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 3 - How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety – Part I. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. June 22, 2012. 4 pages.

Radiation Safety Psychology - No. 2 - The Power of the Subconscious Mind. Article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. May 30, 2012. 4 pages.

How Can We Change People’s Minds? Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute. May 17, 2012. 3 pages.

The Psychology of Radiation Safety and Fukushima. A 30 minute presentation to about 45 attendees at the annual meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter Health Physics Society, Rockville, MD. May 11, 2012. Included a handout of 18 pages.

Radiation Safety Psychology – No. 1. An Introduction and Brief History of My Counseling Career. This is the first article for a monthly column in the Health Physics Society Newsletter. April 28, 2012. 3 pages.

Radiation Safety Psychology – Misunderstandings Abound. One-hour presentation at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD to over 100 on July 18, 2012. Invited speaker for their annual Safety Awareness Campaign. Included a handout of 31 pages.

The Psychology of Radioactive Waste Disposal – Understanding and Dealing with People Issues. A 60-minute Continuing Education Lecture (CEL- 3) presented to 15 people at the Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Dallas, TX. February 7, 2012. Included a handout of 21 pages.

The Psychology of Radioactive Waste Disposal – An Introduction. A 15-minute presentation to about 300 at the Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Dallas, TX. February 6, 2012. Included a handout of 4 pages.

The Psychology of Radiation Safety- Simple Tools for Health Physicists. A 60 – minute Continuing Education Lecture (CEL- 9), Presented for about 150 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society, West Palm Beach, FL. June 30, 2011. Included a handout of 14 pages

The Psychology of Radiation Safety – How to Answer Questions. A 15-minute presentation to about 200 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society, West Palm Beach, FL. June 29, 2011. Included a handout of 5 pages.

How We Formed Our Profession – the Psychology of Radiation Safety, It’s All About Fears. A 30-minute invited presentation for an American Academy of Health Physics Special Session, Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, June 28, 2011, Attended by over 150 people and included a handout of 9 pages.

The Psychology of Radiation Safety. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute, February 23, 2011. 3 pages.

The Psychology of Radiation Measurements. A 15- minute presentation at the Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society on Radiation Measurements, February 8, 2011, Charleston, SC. Included a 6 - page handout.

Psychological and Mental Health Aspects of Ionizing Radiation Exposure. Chapter in the Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Elsevier Publishing, 17 pages. Manuscript submitted April 29, 2009, accepted for publication October 2009, Published 2011.

Psychological and Mental Health Aspects of Ionizing Radiation Exposure. Chapter in the Encyclopedia of Environmental Health to be published by Elsevier Publishing, 17 pages. Manuscript submitted April 29, 2009 (accepted for publication Oct. 2009, galley proof edited April 2010).

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Radiation Risk Communication

How to Help a Person Frightened by Radiation.  A 15-minute technical presentation to about 200 at the HPS Midyear Meeting, Austin, TX .  February 3, 2016.  Included  a handout of 5 pages.

Elements of Credibility for Professional Health Physicists. A one-hour Continuing Education Lecture presented to about 25 at the HPS Midyear Meeting, Austin, TX .  February 1, 2016.  Included  a handout of 17 pages.

Telling the Truth and Possible Answers for Risk Communication. A two-hour presentation for 20 at the Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting,  Austin, TX. Professional Enrichment Program. PEP 2-C, Sunday 10:30 am to 13:30 pm. January 31, 2016.  Included a handout of 17 pages.

Professional Ethics and Truth in Radiation Risk Communications. A 30-minute presentation to over 100 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. American Academy of Health Physics Special Session on Professional Ethics. TAM-B.4 Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Included a handout of 11 pages.

Is Telling the Truth the Answer to Effective Radiation Risk Communications - A one-hour Continuing Education Lecture presented to about 30 at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Norfolk, VA. February 4, 2015. Included a handout of 21 pages.

New Frontiers in Radiation Risk Communication A six- page article on the Special Session chaired for the American Academy of Health Physics in July 2015 and published in the CHP Corner of the HPS Newsletter, November 2014.

Ethics of Radiological Protection in Public Communications - Is Telling the Truth the Answer? A four page article published in Redaktionsplan Schwerpunktthema, Strahlenschutz PRAXIS 4/2014 – Stand 24.07.2014 at the request of Dr. Renate Czarwinski, President of the International Radiation Protection Association. November 2014.

Proposal for Risk Communication and Social Media Marketing. Prepared with W. Larry Petcovic for Dade Moeller and Associates, June 7, 2010. (5 pages).

Business Plan for Services in Radiation Safety - Questions, Answers, Decisions, and Risk Communication. Proposal prepared by Ray Johnson, W. Larry Petcovic, and Dr. James Morgan for Dade Moeller & Associates, April 5, 2010 (9 pages).

Worker Counseling, Part II – Tools for Effective Risk Communication. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program, Class W-1, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented to over 40 attendees with a handout of 63 pages.

Radiation Risk Communication: Issues and Solutions. Raymond H. Johnson, Editor. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School, Albuquerque, NM, January 27-29, 2010. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (300 pages).

Note: Mr. Johnson was the Academic Dean (program organizer) for this Professional Development School which included 15 lecturers. Mr. Johnson gave one lecture and also wrote three chapters for the textbook comprising over 110 pages.

Fundamentals of Radiation Risk Communication. A 12-hour workshop presented to about 35 nuclear inspectors from the Canadian Department of Defense, Director General Nuclear Safety, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 5 – 6, 2008 (included a manual of over 400 pages).

Counseling Workers, Part II: Tools for Effective Risk Communication. (Chapter 9, 44 pages) In: Radiation Risk Communication: Issues and Solutions. Raymond H. Johnson, Editor. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School, Albuquerque, NM, January 27-29, 2010. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (300 pages).

Counseling Workers, Part III: Goals for Communication, ALARA, and Training. (Chapter 10, 28 pages) In: Radiation Risk Communication: Issues and Solutions. Raymond H. Johnson, Editor. A Textbook for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School, Albuquerque, NM, January 27-29, 2010. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, WI (300 pages).

Radiation Risk Communication – Tools for Helping People Understand Radiation. An 8-hour Workshop presented for the American Academy of Health Physics to 32 attendees on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Pittsburgh, PA (included a student manual of over 250 pages).

Respecting and Valuing Different Perspectives, ICRP Guiding Principles for Radiation Protection Professionals on Stakeholder Engagement – Principle 8 a 15- minute presentation for a special session sponsored by the Ad Hoc Committee on Communication and Outreach at the Health Physics Society annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Fundamentals of Radiation Risk Communication – Part 1, Dealing with the Public. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 8, 2007 (included a 90-page training manual).

Fundamentals of Radiation Risk Communication – Part II, Dealing with Radiation Workers. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 8, 2007 (included a 15-page training manual).

Radiation Risk Communication. A four-day workshop presented for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Health Services at the Emergency Response Center, Mather, California, October 10 – 13, 2006 (included a 500 page training manual).

Risk Communication, A Handbook for Communicating Environmental, Safety, and Health Risks, Third Edition. This was a book review published by Mr. Johnson in Health Physics. Vol.88, No 3, pages 267-268, March 2005.

Reasons to (or not to) Write an Article. Health Physics. Vol. 85, Supplement 1:S1-S3, Operational Radiation Safety, August 2003. This article was originally published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, which Mr. Johnson edited from 1983 to 1998 and 2001 to 2004.

Effective Communication Tools for Improved Radiation Safety Programs. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. June 16, 2002 (included 60-page manual).

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Radiation Risks

Randomness and Understanding of Stochastic Risk Assessments. A two-hour presentation for 12 attendees at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Professional Enrichment Program. PEP – Th-3. Thursday, 12:15 – 2:15 pm, July 16, 2015. Included a handout of 27 pages

Why People Do NOT Believe Our Best Radiation Risk Estimates. A 60-minute presentation to 28 for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School On Estimation of Radiological Risks at Purdue University, Lafayette, IN. Friday, July 10, 2015. Included a handout of 23 pages.

Why Our Natural Intuitive Processes Fail for Radiation Risk Assessments - A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program presented to about 100 at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Norfolk, VA. February 4, 2015. Included a handout of 58 pages.

How Randomness Affects Radiation Risk Assessments and Decisions for Radiation Safety. An 8-hour workshop presented for the American Academy of Health Physics to 9 attendees at the midyear meeting of the Health Physics Society, Norfolk, VA. January 31, 2015. Included a training manual of 125 pages.

How to Interpret Radiation Exposures. Article for the monthly newsletter of the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute, April 14, 2011. 3 pages.

Employee Exposure Risks from Radioactive Melting Incidents – Reality vs Perceptions. An invited one-hour presentation to about 50 attendees at the Radiation Issues Seminar of the Steel Manufacturers Association annual conference in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2008 (included a handout of 11 pages).

Radon Risk Assessment and Measurements - BEIR IV and VI. A 3 – hour class presented for the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society Certified Health Physicist Exam Preparation Course, May 11, 2005 (included 125-page manual) (this class has been presented annually by Mr. Johnson for over 10 years).

Radiation Risk Assessments – What Do the Numbers Really Mean? A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Mid-year Meeting of the Health Physics Society, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 13-6, 2005.

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Radiation Safety Awareness

Radiation Safety Awareness for Fixed and Portable Nuclear Gauges and X-ray Devices. A 4-hour train-the-trainer session presented to the RSO and Assistant RSO for the Chevron Refinery, Richmond CA. April 23, 2014. Included a manual of over 80 pages.

Radiation Safety Awareness Training for Fixed and Portable Nuclear Gauges and X-ray Devices at the Chevron Richmond Refinery. Prepared training materials including 78 PowerPoint slides with presentation notes and about 80 pages of reference materials. Richmond CA, April 16, 2014.

Radiation Safety Awareness for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) at MeadWestvaco. A 1.5-hour class presented five times for about 150 workers at a large paper making factory in Covington, VA on February 27, 2008 (included a set of 34 slides).

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Science Teacher Workshops

Radiation and Health – A Workshop for Teachers. A one-hour workshop presented at the National Science Teachers Association, Area Conference on Science Education, Baltimore, MD. November 11, 2010. Included a handout of over 35 pages.

Radiation and Health, A Two–day Workshop for Teachers for Understanding Radiation Science Issues. Presented for the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Saturday, March 26 and 31, 2007, Clear Spring High School, Clear Spring, MD

(Note: This workshop has been presented annually by Mr. Johnson since 1995 and includes a 350 page manual prepared by Mr. Johnson).

What do you Tell Students and Families about Nuclear Terrorism? A one-hour workshop presented with Dr. Alan Fellman, at the Annual Conference of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers, Frederick, MD, October 18, 2002 (included a manual of 15 pages).

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Train-the-Trainer

Part 7: Brain –Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. Motivation, Rewards, and Creativity (This is the seventh in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, December 2008.

X-ray Safety Awareness (Train-the-Trainer). A two-hour class presented to Baader-Johnson, Inc., Kansas City, KS, September 19, 2007 (included a manual of 60 pages).

Part 6: Brain –Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How Threats and Stress Affect Learning. (This is the sixth in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, May 2007.

X-ray Safety Awareness (Train-the-Trainer), Two 2-hour presentations for Cadbury Adams, Rockford, Illinois, April 10-11, 2007 (included a 56 page manual).

Part 5: Brain –Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How to Get the Brain’s Attention. (This is the fifth in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, January 2007.

Part 4: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How to Enrich the Learning Environment. (This is the fourth in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, September 2006).

Brain-Based Learning - New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. A four-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, June 25, 2006 (included a 75-page training manual).

Part 3: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How to Get Students Ready to Learn. (This is the third in a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, April 2006).

Part 2: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. How the Brain Learns. (This is the second of a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, January 2006).

Part 1: Brain-Based Learning – New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. Ten Elements of Brain-Based Learning. (This is the first of a series of articles published in the Newsletter of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, September 2005).

Brain-Based Learning - New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, July 10, 2005 (included 50-page training manual).

Brain-Based Learning - New Approaches for Effective Radiation Safety Training. A 15 minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, July 13, 2005.

Training for the Radiation Safety Trainer. A 3 - day workshop for the Canadian Radiation Protection Association, May 17 -19, 2001, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (included a 350-page manual).

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Worker Counseling

How to Deal with Worker Concerns for NORM. A 30 minute invited presentation to about 50 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on NORM TPM-B.5, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Included a handout of 10 pages.

Insights for Beryllium Risk Communication. A 30-minute presentation to about 15 members of the Beryllium Program Working Group of the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA, June, 6, 2014. Included a two-page handout.

Oilfield Worker NORM Safety – A Few Observations. A six page paper written for general information. May 28, 2015.

Insights in Worker Counseling for Health Physicists. A 15-minute paper presented to about 100 attendees in the session on Operational Radiation Safety on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, with a handout of six pages.

Worker Counseling, Part I – Understanding the Basis for Fear and Upset. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program, Class M-1, Monday, June 28, 2010. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented to over 40 attendees with a handout of 58 pages.

Worker Counseling, Part II – Tools for Effective Risk Communication. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program, Class W-1, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented to over 40 attendees with a handout of 63 pages.

Insights in Worker Counseling for Health Physicists. A 15-minute paper presented to about 100 attendees in the session on Operational Radiation Safety on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, with a handout of six pages.

Counseling Workers. Presentation at the Health Physics Society Professional Development School on Radiation Risk Communication: Issues and Solutions, Albuquerque, NM January 27-29, 2010 (included 22 slides).

Fundamentals of Radiation Risk Communication – Part II, Dealing with Radiation Workers. A 2-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 8, 2007 (included a 15-page training manual).

Why Not Just Say, “It is Safe?” A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Providence, RI, June 25-29, 2006 (included 15 slides).

How to Respond to Workers’ Concerns for Radiation Safety, A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, January 24, 2006. (11 pages with slides).

Why Provide Radiation Safety Awareness Training for Ancillary Personnel? A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, January 25, 2006. (10 pages with slides).

Eight Steps for Effective Radiation Safety Training of Non-technical People. A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program class presented at the Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting, Augusta, GA. Feb. 8, 2004 (included 43-page manual).

Training for New RSOs – What is Most Important? A 15-minute technical paper presented at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. June 19, 2002.

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X-ray Safety Awareness

Radiation Safety Awareness Training for Fixed and Portable Nuclear Gauges and X-ray Devices at the Chevron Richmond Refinery. Prepared training materials including 78 PowerPoint slides with presentation notes and about 80 pages of reference materials. Richmond CA, April 16, 2014.

X-ray Safety Awareness. A two hour class presented twice to a total of about 150 technical and administrative staff at Sirona Dental, Inc. Long Island City, NY. January 15 & 16, 2013. Handout of 11 pages.

X-ray Safety Awareness. A two-hour class presented to about 125 sales and service engineers for Sirona Dental, Inc. Charlotte, NC January 8, 2013. Handout of 10 pages.

X-ray Safety Awareness, a 2-hour class of PowerPoint slides and instruction notes, for the Hershey Co., Hershey, PA. December 14, 2011. 58 pages.

X-ray Safety Awareness. Training materials (60 slides annotated with talking points) prepared for George Mason University, Radiation Safety Office, Fairfax, VA. April 23, 2010.

X-ray Safety Awareness. Two 4-hour classes presented to about 50 staff at the Aberdeen Test Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, February 24, 2010 (included a handout of 65 pages).

X-ray Safety Awareness (Train-the-Trainer). A two-hour class presented to Baader-Johnson, Inc., Kansas City, KS, September 19, 2007 (included a manual of 60 pages).

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Resources and Documents for Radiation Safety Assurance

Raymond Johnson, MS, PE, FHPS, CHP, has authored hundreds resource documents including training course materials, book chapters, technical reports, and presentations on radiation safety counseling, risk communication, and radiation safety. Some of the materials authored by Ray can be provided upon request. Some are materials developed for specific clients and cannot be distributed. Some of these materials are also the manuals for classes and would normally only be provided to class registrants. If you see something of interest let us know and we will provide copies to you where we can.

To obtain one or more of the following documents click here to send an email requests.

Achieving ALARA Goals

Nuclear Terrorism

Active Listening

Public Communications

Brain-Based Learning

Radioactive Antiques

Counseling and Communication Tools

Radiation Fears

Ethics and Truth

Radiation Litigation

Fears

Radiation Mythology

First Responder / Emergency Responder Training

Radiation Psychology

HAZMAT Response

Radiation Risk Communication

Homeland Security Communications

Radiation Risks

Insights in Communication

Radiation Safety Awareness

Images and Perceptions

Science Teacher Workshops

News Media and Interviews

Train-the-Trainer

Medical / Cardiologists

Worker Counseling

Nuclear Power

X-ray Safety Awareness

Radiation Safety Counseling & Radiation Risk Communication


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