Diane B. Francis, Ph.D.

Dr. Francis is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism, focusing on health communication. She holds a dual Master of Science/Master of Arts in Global Media and Communications from the University of Southern California and London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Francis is interested in the intersections of health communication and health disparities. Her research interests are in developing and evaluating health communication programs and using systematic reviews and meta-analyses to gain cumulative knowledge of health communication. Her research topics span HIV/STIs prevention, cancer communication, human papillomavirus vaccination, and tobacco prevention and control.

Dr. Francis’ main career goal is to become a preeminent health communication scholar, with a focus on developing evidenced-based, effective interventions for people of African, African American and Caribbean descent.

She is from the Commonwealth of Dominica. You can follow her @dianebfrancis.

Soroya C. Julian

Ms. Julian is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications (specializing in Social Marketing) from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a Master of Science degree in Public Health: Promotion from Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

She has over 5 years professional experience, working in Health Communication in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. The majority of her experience has been in the field of HIV/AIDS. Some of her skills include strategic communication planning, material development, campaign planning and implementation, event planning, media relations, writing, website development, graphic design and advocacy.

She has worked with various target audiences, including those most vulnerable and marginalized. She is now a Consultant for the Pan American Health Organization, representing the Caribbean region for the Public eHealth, Equity and Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (eSAC) project. She speaks Spanish as a second language.

More information on Soroya can be found on her blog at She can also be found on Twitter @SoroyaJulian.