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Dr. Laura Warner

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication

Dr. Laura Warner is an assistant professor of extension education in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida. She focuses on program evaluation, behavior change and social marketing. Warner's appointment supports the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE) in IFAS by providing professional development, resources and evaluation support to extension professionals who promote sustainable landscape management practices.

Warner’s research focuses on understanding factors that influence behavior change among clientele that participate in extension activities related to sustainable natural resource management in horticulture and agriculture. A horticulturist, arborist and past extension agent, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and her doctorate from Texas A&M and Texas Tech universities.

Warner’s extension program supports the mission of the University of Florida by developing strategies for creating and measuring behavior change at all stages from program planning through evaluation. Extension programming focuses on enhancing the program development and evaluation competencies of extension and outreach professionals who encourage responsible use of natural resources and sustainable practices in the landscape.

Recent Publications 

  • Martin, E., & Warner, L. (in press). Using commitment as a tool to promote behavior change in Extension programming. Journal of Extension
  • Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Warner, L. (in press). Promoting behavior change using social norms: applying a community based social marketing tool to extension programming.  Journal of Extension.
  • Warner, L. (in press). Evaluating horticultural site visits and individual teaching activities in extension. Journal of Extension
  • Warner, L., & Schall, W. L. (in press). Using social marketing principles to explore an extension audience through a retrospective pretest-posttest evaluation of a tri-county irrigation symposium. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension 3(1).
  • Warner, L. (2014). Enhancing the capacity to create behavior change: Extension key leaders' opinions about social marketing and evaluation. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(4), 176-190. 
  • (Sanagorski) Warner, L. (2014). Virtual focus groups in extension: A useful approach to audience analysis. Journal of Extension52(3)
  • Sanagorski, L. (2014). Using prompts in extension: A social marketing strategy for encouraging behavior change. Journal of Extension52(2).
  • Sanagorski, L., & Fitzpatrick, G. E. (2014). "Introducing tree structural defect recognition to youth: An exploration of feasibility through a comparison of two teaching methods." HortTechnology, 24(1), 127-131.
  • Sanagorski, L., Murphrey, T., Baker, M., Lawver, D., & Lindner, J. (2014). "Measuring Florida extension faculty's agricultural paradigmatic preferences". Journal of Agricultural Education55(2), 120-135
  • Sanagorski, L., Murphrey, T., Baker, M., Lawver, D., & Lindner, J.  (2013).  “Measuring agricultural paradigmatic preferences: the redevelopment of an instrument to determine individual and collective preferences – a pilot study”.  Journal of Extension, 51(5). 

EDIS Publications

  • Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Warner, L.. (2015). Introduction to Social Network Research: Brokerage Typology. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC197). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc197
  • Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Warner, L.. (2015). Introduction to Social Network Research: Application of Social Network Analysis in Extension. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC196). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc196
  • Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Warner, L.. (2015). Introduction to Social Network Research: General Introduction and Major Terminology. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC195). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc195
  • Warner, L., Galindo-Gonzalez, S., & Gutter, M. S. (2014). Building impactful extension programs by understanding how people change. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC189). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc189 
  • Monaghan, P., Warner, L., Telg, R., & Irani, T. (2014). Improving extension program development using audience segmentation. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC188). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc188
  • Stofer, K., Warner, L., & Arthurs, S. (2014). Emphasizing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in agricultural Extension. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC184). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc184
  • Warner, L.. (2014). Using the Delphi technique to achieve consensus: a research tool for guiding extension programs. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC183). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc183 
  • Warner, L., & Stofer, K. (2014). Extension professionals: Anticipating and solving common problems in delivering extension programs. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC178). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc178 
  • Warner, L., Harder, A., Dowdle, F., & Wichman, T. (2014). Increasing efficiency of Extension programs using the train-the-trainer approach. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC170). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc170
  • Sanagorski, L., & Galindo, S. (2014). Identifying key leaders to assess your audience.  University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC164). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc164
  • Sanagorski, L., & Monaghan, P. (2014). Using social norms to increase behavior changes in sustainable landscaping.  University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#WC158). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc158
  • Sanagorski, L., Schall, B., Palmateer, A.J., & Peres, N.A. (2013). Impatiens downy mildew. University of Florida Cooperative Extension EDIS Document (#PP309). http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp309
  • Sanagorski, L. (2013). Incorporating one-on-one teachings into a sustainable landscaping extension plan. EDIS Document #WC157. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc157
  • Sanagorski, L., Trulock, A., & Smith, J. (2013). Armillaria root rot (also known as mushroom root rot, shoestring root rot, honey mushroom rot). EDIS Document #EP478. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep478
  • Sanagorski, L. (2013). Repackaging and reusing as a strategy to increase efficiency in extension programs. EDIS Document #WC155. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc155
  • Sanagorski, L., & Monaghan, P. (2013). Using commitment to increase behavior changes in sustainable landscaping. EDIS Document #WC154. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc154

Awards & Honors

  • USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship Recipient (2013-14)
  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents National Communications Award Finalist: Feature Story (2013)

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication