Stewart Chang Alexander

Dr. Chang Alexander is a Faculty Scholar and an Associate Professor in Consumer Science and Public Health.  As of September 2018 Dr. Chang Alexander has taken on the role of Associate Department Head in Department of Consumer Science.

In Spring 2017, Dr. Chang Alexander received Purdue’s inaugural Trailblazer Award for mid-career faculty whose research, scholarship or creative work has made a significant impact in their discipline. The award honors pioneering, innovative work that pushes the boundaries of a scholar's discipline.

Dr. Chang Alexander’s scholarly discipline is in provider-patient communication. 

His work concentrates on two predominant areas of communication in health care: end-of-life care and preventive health care in adults and adolescents.

In end-of-life care his work focuses on helping individuals understand prognosis and treatment options, engage in decision making, discuss preferences for life sustaining treatments, explain transitions to palliative care, and help individuals with life competition tasks at the end of life. He is currently working on an American Cancer Society grant focused on palliative care consults in hospitals with hospice-eligible Stage 3 & 4 cancer patients.

In preventive health, Dr. Chang Alexander examines and evaluates the quality of physician counseling about behavior change and weight loss. Dr. Chang Alexander’s work in preventive health also focuses on how physicians talk to their adolescent patients about sex His work in adolescent sexuality is among the first to examine how physicians are talking with their adolescent patients about sex. 

Dr. Chang Alexander runs Purdue’s Health Disparities Research Lab. The research team in the Health Disparities Research Lab work with vulnerable, minority, and marginalized populations who experience health inequities based on numerous social conditions.

Each summer Dr. Chang Alexander leads summer study abroad programs in New Zealand, Australia (and Japan in 2018).

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director

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