Sabine Marx, Ph.D.

Communications Strategist

Sabine Marx, Ph.D., is a social science consultant based in Washington, D.C. Among other projects, she currently serves as Senior Trainer for Post-Disaster Economic Recovery at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and is a Communications Strategist with Brevity & Wit, a strategy and design firm. Her expertise falls broadly within the area of decision making under uncertainty, with a focus on risk perceptions, human behavior, and communication of scientific information. She applies social science insights to real-world problems such as climate change impacts on water management, energy conservation, public health, and disaster preparedness. Over the past two decades, she has held various appointments at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, including Director of Research at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Managing Director at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), as well as Chief of Staff at the FrameWorks Institute, a social science and communications think tank in Washington, D.C.

A common thread throughout all her work has been to improve the communication of complex scientific and technical knowledge by tailoring information to stakeholder and community needs. She has developed communication guides and trainings which address the psychological and cultural barriers that often get in the way of information processing and decision making.

She has received her PhD in medical history from Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a master’s degree in sociology and pedagogy, with a minor in psychology and art therapy from the University of Cologne, Germany. She completed her post-doctoral training at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), The Earth Institute, and the Department of Psychology at Columbia University.