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William K. Hallman Ph.D.

Professor/Chair, Department of Human Ecology Rutgers University – School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine
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Biographical Info

William K. Hallman is a professor and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology and is a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is a 1983 graduate of Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and earned his PhD. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1989. Dr. Hallman’s research examines public perceptions of controversial issues concerning food, health, and the environment. Recent research projects have looked at consumer perceptions and behaviors concerning genetically modified foods, animal cloning, avian influenza, accidental and intentional food contamination incidents, and food recalls. His current research projects include studies of public perceptions and responses to food safety risks, the safety of fresh meat, poultry, game, and seafood products purchased on the Internet, the use of nanotechnology in food, and public understanding of health claims made for food products. Dr. Hallman serves on the Executive Committee of Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), and helped to found the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market, which offers food insecure residents access to fresh, locally grown, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate produce and other food products. Dr. Hallman formerly served as the Director of the Food Policy Institute (FPI) at Rutgers, and currently serves as the Chair of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Recent Publications

  1. Tallapragada, M, Hardy, BW, Lybrand, E, Hallman, WK. Impact of Abstract Versus Concrete Conceptualization of Genetic Modification (GM) Technology on Public Perceptions. Risk Anal. 2020; :. doi: 10.1111/risa.13591. PubMed PMID:32984992
  2. Hallman, WK, Hallman, WK 2nd. An empirical assessment of common or usual names to label cell-based seafood products. J Food Sci. 2020;85 (8):2267-2277. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.15351. PubMed PMID:32691419 PubMed Central PMC7496225
  3. Berhaupt-Glickstein, A, Hooker, NH, Hallman, WK. Qualified Health Claim Language affects Purchase Intentions for Green Tea Products in the United States. Nutrients. 2019;11 (4):. doi: 10.3390/nu11040921. PubMed PMID:31022930 PubMed Central PMC6521090
  4. Chiao, S, Kipen, H, Hallman, WK, Pollio, DE, North, CS. Anthrax Exposure, Belief in Exposure, and Postanthrax Symptoms Among Survivors of a Bioterrorist Attack on Capitol Hill. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2019;13 (3):555-560. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2018.115. PubMed PMID:30417804
  5. Landrum, AR, Hallman, WK. Engaging in Effective Science Communication: A Response to Blancke et al. on Deproblematizing GMOs. Trends Biotechnol. 2017;35 (5):378-379. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2017.01.006. PubMed PMID:28259486
  6. Berhaupt-Glickstein, A, Hallman, WK. Communicating scientific evidence in qualified health claims. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2017;57 (13):2811-2824. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2015.1069730. PubMed PMID:26558421
  7. Johnson, BB, Hallman, WK, Cuite, CL. Modeling retrospective attribution of responsibility to hazard-managing institutions: an example involving a food contamination incident. Risk Anal. 2015;35 (3):423-33. doi: 10.1111/risa.12292. PubMed PMID:25516461
  8. Schefske, SD, Bellows, AC, Byrd-Bredbenner, C, Cuite, CL, Rapport, H, Vivar, T, Hallman, WK. Nutrient analysis of varying socioeconomic status home food environments in New Jersey. Appetite. 2010;54 (2):384-9. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2010.01.007. PubMed PMID:20079787
  9. Fiedler, N, Ozakinci, G, Hallman, W, Wartenberg, D, Brewer, NT, Barrett, DH, Kipen, HM. Military deployment to the Gulf War as a risk factor for psychiatric illness among US troops. Br J Psychiatry. 2006;188 :453-9. doi: 10.1192/bjp.188.5.453. PubMed PMID:16648532
  10. Lang, JT, Hallman, WK. Who does the public trust? The case of genetically modified food in the United States. Risk Anal. 2005;25 (5):1241-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2005.00668.x. PubMed PMID:16297228
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