Mildred (Mimi) Perreault

First Name: 
Mildred (Mimi)
Last Name: 
Department Rank: 
  • Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri, 2016
  • M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University, 2010
  • B.A., Journalism, Minor in Religion and Politics, Baylor University, 2005
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Fellowships, Grants and Awards

  • National Science Foundation proposal on "WELF (water, energy, land, food)" curriculum submitted in March 2017. Expected $200,000. Role as support personnel for professional writing portion of course.
  • Secured $1,200 in funding for International Communication Association Preconference on Strategic Environmental Communication, May 25, 2017.
  • Received a $2,000 Internal Concert Grant, Summer 2017, from the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE), Appalachian Energy Center.
  • Named a Faculty Fellow at the Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri, 2016 to current.
  • Part of a practical course in a professional development submitted to National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship Program by the Research Institute for the ­­­­NSF National Research Traineeship Program, submitted in Fall 2016.
  • National Science Foundation Advancing Informal Stem Learning Planning Grant. "mySTEM: Citizen Science in My Own Backyard." Application # 17-0178. Submitted November 8, 2016. Expected $150,000. Not funded.
  • Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Fellow for 2016, awarded at the Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism conference August 13, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Environmental Protection Agency STAR Grant project submitted May 2016: "From Collective Knowledge to Action: Water Resources, Public Health, and Adaptive Planning in a Rural Mountain Environment, listed as associate investigator. Expected $60,000. Not funded.
  • National Science Foundation Science Communication Workshop Grant for Education STEM Field Graduate Students on how to communicate and discuss their research and expertise, Investigator, submitted Fall 2016. Expected $60,000.
  • Grant Research with Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2013-2016, under award number R24HS022140. Project involves communication, education and chronic pain. Three year collaborative projects approximately $90,000 per year. Funded.
  • Huggins Graduate Fellowship, University of Missouri Graduate School, 2012-2015
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Disaster and Community Crisis Center (DCC), University of Missouri, 2014 to 2016.
  • Mizzou Advantage Research Travel Award, University of Missouri, Spring 2014, $1,200
  • Graduate Student Association Research Travel Award, University of Missouri, Fall 2013, $750.
Research Interests: 

Dr. Mimi Wiggins Perreault is a research assistant professor in the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE), in the Appalachian Energy Center, and lecturer in the department of communication at Appalachian State University. She teaches crisis communication, public relations, and journalism courses.

Her research examines interpretations of science information. Specifically, how news content can educate the public about science and the environment. Her current project "MyStem" seeks to create an interactive citizen science website for 6-12 grade students living in rural Appalachia. Other projects have examined communication practices and the roles of scientists, educators, local governments, and nonprofit organizations in natural disasters. Her research program examines the complex web of professions involved in the maintenance and development of natural disaster information.

In particular, Perreault has researched local journalists, public relations practitioners, and citizen scientists as both stakeholders and disaster communicators. After working as a journalist and public relations professional in Washington, DC and South Florida she sees the role of the local journalist during a natural disaster as one that can engage community response and build community resilience. Perreault has been published in Games and Culture, Disasters, Communication Studies, and Journalism Education.

She holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, masters of arts from the department of Communication, Culture and Technology at Georgetown University, and a bachelor's of arts in journalism from Baylor University.


Academic Publications

  • Perreault, M., Perreault, G, Jenkins, J. & Morrison, A. (2016). Depictions of Women in 2013 Digital "Game of the Year" Nominees. Games and Culture.
  • Perreault, M. and Xiao, A. (Accepted). Dealing with subsequent crisis response: An evaluation of transparency in government response to the New Jersey Boardwalk fire. In C. Hickerson & B. Brunner-Johnson (Eds), Cases in Public Relations: Translating Ethics into Action.
  • Rolbiecki, A. J., Subramanian, R., Crenshaw, B., Albright D. L., & Perreault, M. (2017). Coming to terms with chronic pain: Exploring Resilience across a sample of patients living with chronic pain. Traumatology, Special Issue on Resilience.
  • Jenkins, J., & Perreault, M. (2016). Stay Tuned: A case study in educational collaboration. Journalism Education, 5(1), 155-169.
  • Houston, J.B., Spialek, M.L., & Perreault, M.F. (2016). Coverage of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the New York Times, 1950-2012. Journal of Health Communication.
  • Perreault, M., Houston, B. & Wilkins, L. (2014). "Does Scary Matter? Testing the Effectiveness of the new National Weather Service tornado warnings." Communication Studies, Vol. 65 (5). 1-16.
  • Houston, J.B., Hawthorne, J., Perreault, M., Park, E.H., Goldstein Hode, M., Halliwell, M.R., Turner McGowen, S.E., Davis, R., Vaid, S., McElderry, J.A., & Griffith, S.A. (2015). Social media and disasters: A functional framework for use in disaster planning, response, and research. Disasters, 39(1).
Courses Taught: 
  • COM 3312: Crisis Communication (F15, SP16, SUM16, F16, SP17, F17)
  • COM 3618: Public Relations Writing (F17)
  • COM 5312: Advanced Crisis Communication – online course in the graduate certificate program (F17)
  • COM 3200: Internet Communication (two sections SP17)
  • COM 2600: Introduction to Journalism (F16)
  • COM 3317: Social Media Strategies (F15, SP16, SUM 17)
  • COM 3318: PR Principles (SUM 16)
  • COM 4418: Public Relations Seminar (SP 16)
Mimi Perrault