Malynnda Johnson

Malynnda A. Johnson

Ph.D. Student, 4th year

Office: Johnston Hall 335
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Curriculum Vitae: PDF

Focus of Graduate Studies:

Malynnda is a doctoral candidate focusing on health communication with an emphasis on the social construction of illness. Specifically her focus is on how popular culture and everyday interactions with peers, family, and medical professionals are shaping young adults views of their risk for HIV.

While all of her current work has focused on domestic issues of HIV she has also strived to remain interdisciplinary in both method as well as areas of study. These areas include health communication, public health, and mass communication. Her methods have dominantly used qualitative methods using participant observation and ethnography as means to understand HIV as a phenomenon. However she has also largely relied on rhetorical methods as well in order to dissect how popular culture and the media frame and influence young adults perceptions of HIV.

Teaching Experiences:

Commun 101: Interpersonal Communication
Commun 105: Business and Professional Communication (Both online and face to face)
Commun 481: Interpersonal Issues in Health

Relevant Activities:

Malynnda’s professional service has included serving as chair of the health division for the Midwest Popular Culture Association, as well as a reviewer for multiple conferences and journals.

To fulfill her desire to be connected and serve her community she has also volunteers at a local HIV clinic. Serving as both HIV counselor as well as working in the lab running HIV tests. She is was selected to be a member of the clinic’s board of directors while also serving as the clinic’s Community Outreach Coordinator.


Peterson, J. L., Johnson, M. A., Halvorsen, B., Apmann, L., Chang, P., Kershek, S., Scherr, C., Ogi, M., & Pincon, D. (2010). Coping with death and dying: Where nurses go for help. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 16, 432 - 438

Peterson, J. L., Johnson, M. A., Halvorsen, B., Apmann, L., Chang, P., Kershek, S., Scherr, C., Ogi, M., & Pincon, D. (2010) What is So Stressful About Caring for a Dying Patient? Nurses' Experiences and Concerns. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 16, 181-187

Peterson, J.L., Johnson, M. A., & Tenzek, K. E. (2010). Spirituality as a life line: Women living with HIV and the role of spirituality in their support system. International Journal of Feminist Thought.Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 3.

Conferences, Papers, and Presentations:

Johnson, M., (2011) Voices of Reason or Confusion?: An Ethnographic Analysis of HIV Counselor’s Communication to “Low Risk” Heterosexual Adults. Submitted to the National Communication Association Convention, Division of Ethnography, New Orleans, LA, November, 2011.

Johnson, M., (2011). The Condom Conundrum: A Narrative Analysis of Lessons Learned Through Primetime Television. Accepted in the Health and Pop Culture Division of Midwest Association of Popular Culture, Oct. 14-16, in Milwaukee, WI.

Johnson, M.- Which Voice Matters? A Qualitative Examination of College Students Conversations about HIV. Accepted to the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, August, 2011.

Johnson, M., (2011). But you looked smart: A qualitative study of HIV testing and counseling for low risk groups". Presented in the Health Communication Division, Central State Communication 2011 Conference.