I study the process through which misinformation fosters irrational beliefs and I develop engaging counterstrategies.  My research addresses these questions:

  • How do you interact with someone who resists facts?
  • How do we find cohesiveness amidst the division caused by disparate beliefs?
  • How can the process of relying on misinformation be disrupted?

Translating Vaccine Resistance:

My current work is on addressing the emotional beliefs surrounding vaccine safety.

What is going on inside the minds of committed Vaccine Resistors

If people around you seem to disregard safety concerns, hold irrational beliefs and steadfastly defend wild suppositions… you may have heard what they believe, but perhaps you do not understand why it is believable in the first place.  

How to engage those with those who hold impenetrable beliefs 

I created a video training series for those who are interested in learning how to interact with people holding vaccine resistant and related beliefs.

"Elizabeth Kriesten's work delves into the craziness of the "other" and emerges with order and understanding. It is the needed application of scholarship and empathy to the vexing divisiveness we are facing."
Jane Schmeer
"I was frustrated and in danger of losing my relationship with my father. His world made no sense and now it does. This training series was paradigm-shifting for me. "
Lauren Shoehorn