Carson MacPherson-Krutsky

Natural Hazards Center

Carson MacPherson-Krutsky is a research associate at the Natural Hazards Center and at Boise State University (part-time). She is also the co-founder of the Boise State Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute that aims to connect researchers and community partners to collaboratively address community resilience research and practical needs. In addition, MacPherson-Krutsky co-owns HazardReady, LLC, a company that provides personalized user-friendly risk and preparedness websites. She holds a bachelor’s from Western Washington University, a master’s from University of Montana, and a PhD from Boise State University.

Her research uses social science methods to investigate what motivates people to take protective actions and which risk communication styles are most effective. MacPherson-Krutsky is also interested in creating multimedia products (e.g., infographics, websites, videos, workshops) that convey technical information in user-friendly ways. She is passionate about making connections across disciplines, sectors, and with community members to ensure that research can help support real world decision-making in communities of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds.

MacPherson-Krutsky joined the Natural Hazards Center in the fall of 2021. Her work focuses on risk communication best practices with specific emphasis on socially vulnerable populations. She recently led a project funded though House Bill 23-1237 on inclusive emergency alerts in Colorado and has worked in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop interactive trainings for practitioners on risk communication.

MacPherson-Krutsky recently joined the U.S. Geological Survey Social Science Working Group and the Language & Accessibility for Alert & Warning Workgroup. She previously served on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-National Integrated Drought Information System Flash Drought Working Group to explore gaps related to drought monitoring, prediction, and response and on the Association of Floodplain Managers Flood Mitigation Library Steering Committee where she provided guidance on user experience and content for, a website that provides accessible flood mitigation information (launched 2022).