Javonna M Friend

Javonna M Friend

Javonna M Friend

Graduate Research Assistant

Javonna Friend is a third-year Ph.D. student and Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Communication. Javonna Friend holds a BA in English from Virginia State University, an MA from GMU, and a CERT in British Literature from Oxford University—Exeter College. 

Javonna Friend’s primary research interests focus on exploring and developing connections between health communication, public advocacy, and social justice that lead to and can reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases among African Americans due partly to intersectional oppressions and exposure to adverse social determinants of health. In addition, she is also interested in the psychological aspects of media use and its effects. Specifically, from a social science perspective, she is interested in examining the presumed influence of media messages, audience reception of media messages, parasocial relationships with media figures, and issues related to media, mental health, and well-being.