W. Douglas Evans, Ph.D. is Professor of Prevention and Community Health & Global in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, books, and chapters in the fields of health communication, social marketing, and behavior change interventions. He conducts research on health branding and the development and evaluation of new health technologies. He works both in the United States and in developing countries.
Dr. Evans’ work is funded through externally sponsored grants. He is PI of two NIH-sponsored projects using digital technology to support healthy behaviors among African American postpartum women living in low-income communities near Washington, DC. The first study, Fit4Mom, uses a multi-modal digital app to promote healthy weight management. The second study, KULEA-NET, is developing a prototype mhealth platform to promote breastfeeding. Both projects are working in collaboration with Medstar Washington Hospital Center. He is also PI on a study of HPV vaccination promotion in 3 African countries (Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda) using an innovative branding strategy. This project is funded by the Girl Effect Foundation. He is a senior advisor to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves on evaluation of BCC campaigns to promote modern cookstove purchase and use. He is also senior advisor to the UNICEF C4D (Communication for Development) program to design and supervise implementation of a national evaluation of the Saleema campaign in Sudan to end Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGMC). Previously, he was co-PI of a 5-year P20 Center grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and evaluate a branded substance abuse and violence prevention program called ADELANTE for Latino and immigrant youth in the metro DC area, and co-PI of a separate project housed under the P20 Center funded through the CDC REACH program to prevent and control obesity in Latino communities in metro DC. He directed the communication and community engagement core project component of the P20 Center grant.