Assistant Professor

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614 Caldwell Hall


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.


Dr. McFarlane’s research has been published in major communication and public health journals including: Journal of Intercultural Communication Research; Culture, Sexuality and Health; and Journal of Medical Internet Research: Public Health and Surveillance. Her teaching interests include courses in Health Communication, Communication and Health Disparities, Intercultural Communication, Social Issues in Campaigns and Applied Communication Research Methods.


Recent publications:

McFarlane, S.J., Kim, S., Kirch Schneider, K., Dubey, S. (2019). Cultural factors influencing teenage pregnancy in Jamaica. Culture, Sexuality and Health. Doi

McFarlane, S.J., Morgan, S.E., Occa A., Peng, W. (2019). Evaluation of clinical trial multimedia to support Hispanic cancer patients informational and decision-making needs. Journal of Cancer Education: The Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education.