Kevin John was born in Orlando, Florida and then moved at a very young age to Alexandria, Virginia where he grew up. He received his bachelor’s degree at BYU in 2007, emphasizing in public relations. He also spent a great deal of time in the School of Communication’s Eye-Tracking Lab, under the instruction of Dr. Steven Thomsen. After an internship in Washington, D.C., Kevin returned to BYU to continue his education. He received his master’s degree in mass communication in 2009, and resumed the work he had started in the Eye-Tracking Lab. In 2011, Kevin was invited to return to the School to serve as Director of the Eye-Tracking Lab, and as an Adjunct Instructor.
After earning his masters degree, Kevin worked for Salt Lake City-based Waterford Institute as a Public Relations Coordinator. In 2015, he completed his PhD at the University of Utah, under Dr. Jakob D. Jensen, with an emphasis on health communication and applied statistics. During his stay up north, he spent a great deal of time in cross-disciplinary studies with the College of Nursing, working as a project coordinator for an NIH-funded R01 grant (P01CA138317) entitled Enhancing End-of-Life and Bereavement Outcomes among Cancer Caregivers – Partners in Hospice Care.
Kevin’s primary research line is in psychophysiological measures (like Eye-Tracking), with a slant toward health communication. Specifically, he has worked on studies optimizing alcohol warning messages for adolescents, enhancing skin self-examination training for individuals at risk for melanoma, and elucidating the challenges inherent in media coverage of health and science topics. In addition, Kevin is interested in media effects research, and the links between media consumption and emotional development and response.
In his free time, Kevin enjoys video games (they keep him young), photography, target shooting, listening to loud music, and motorcycle riding. He currently lives in West Jordan, UT with his wife, Hillery, and his daughters Quorra and Terra.