Evan K. Perrault joins the Purdue University faculty as an Assistant Professor specializing in Health Communication in the Brian Lamb School of Communication.
A major research focus for Dr. Perrault is trying to find the best ways in which healthcare systems can design more effective physician biographies for their websites to help prospective patients more easily find new healthcare providers. He also enjoys designing and implementing strategic communication campaigns and determining the best ways to evaluate their impact.
Additionally, he is interested in translational research – finding ways to distill complex scientific information into pieces of information the lay public can more successfully comprehend and use. Dr. Perrault classifies himself as a mixed-methodologist – using a combination of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to help answer research questions and to create the most effective health messages possible.
His research has been published in an array of journals including: Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, Family Medicine, and Journal of Cancer Education.
Prior to joining the Purdue faculty, Dr. Perrault served two years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He earned both his M.A. in Health and Risk Communication, and Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University. Prior to completing graduate school he worked as a television news reporter at stations in Wausau and Green Bay, WI.