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Let 'Em Speak

Let ‘Em Speak is a podcast about the risks and rewards of real talk by real people in the real world.

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May 3, 2021

Soroya Julian McFarlane, Ph.D. ( University of Miami, 2019) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on designing and evaluating communication interventions that address health disparities at the community level. Dr. McFarlane’s research agenda is driven by understanding how culture influences health, and how communication interventions that translate science for diverse populations might be effective in reducing health disparities. Her recent research has been on women’s sexual and reproductive health in Jamaica, with the aim of (1) expanding theoretical understanding of culturally-targeted messaging and interventions, and  (2) understanding the impact of media, innovation and participatory approaches. She also collaborates with US-based researchers on clinical trial communication, with a focus on vulnerable and minority populations.

By listening to this conversation with Soroya, you’ll learn about:


-community based interventions to health problems

-how communication impacts maternal health

-the role of researchers

-navigating smart, navigating informed in graduate school

-occupying space, making space as a person of color