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Stewart Chang Alexander

Dr. Chang Alexander is an Associate Professor in the Department of Consumer Science and is currently a Faculty Scholar.

Dr. Chang Alexander’s research focuses on ways to improve health. Much of his work has been within the medical exam room where he has studied how doctors talk to patients about their health care. His work focuses on two predominant areas of communication in health care: preventive health and the management of advanced illness.

In Preventive Health, Dr. Chang Alexander’s work has focused on obesity and adolescent sexuality. In obesity, Dr. Chang Alexander examines and evaluates the quality of physician counseling about behavior change and weight loss. His work focuses on both adult and adolescent obesity. Dr. Chang Alexander’s work in Preventive Health also focuses on how physicians talk to their adolescent patients about sexual identity, sexuality, and sexual behavior. His work in adolescent sexuality is among the first to examine how physicians are talking with their adolescent patients about sex. Currently, Dr. Chang Alexander is working on projects related to better understand the healthcare needs of LGBT adolescents as well as developing ways to identify and teach providers how to help all adolescents, regardless of their sexual identity, with issues related to sexuality and sexual identity.

Along with Dr. Chang Alexander’s work in Preventive Health, much of his work has been in end of life care and oncology. He has worked on a number of studies where he has assessed how providers talk to seriously ill patients on a variety of topics including: conveying prognosis, discussing treatment options, delivering bad news, engaging in decision making, exchanging information, discussing preferences for life sustaining treatments, and explaining transitions to palliative care.

Dr. Chang Alexander and his team are currently working on a program targeting HPV “catch up” shots for college aged men in a variety of different settings.