LaKesha N Anderson

Ph.D., M.A.

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Medical Education; Health and Risk Communication; Women's Health; Family Medicine; Qualitative Methodologies; Rural Health; Learner Professionalism; Learning Communities; Advising; Wellbeing; Mental Health
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Ph.D., Health and Strategic Communication, George Mason University, 2010
M.A., Public Communication, East Tennessee State University, 2004
B.S., Business and Public Administration; Minor in Communication, University of Virginia's College at Wise, 2001


Dr. LaKesha N. Anderson is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Center for Health Professions Education (CHPE) at the Uniformed Services University (USU). Her research explores the intersections of communication and medicine with specific interests in women's health, family medicine, and rural health. She also explores physician education, medical knowledge acquisition, learner communities, and professional development. Dr. Anderson serves on the Editorial Boards of both Family Medicine and the Journal of Communication Pedagogy and reviews for a number of public health, medicine, communication, and education journals. Prior to joining CHPE-USU, she served as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia and Educational Researcher in MCG’s Educational Innovation Institute. Other previous roles include Director of Academic and Professional Affairs at the National Communication Association and Assistant Professor of Communication at Indiana State University.

Dr. Anderson earned her PhD in Communication, with a specialization in Health and Strategic Communication, from George Mason University.


Anderson, L.N., Ledford, C.J.W., & Womack, J.J. (2023; currently online). Initial development and testing of a measure of credibility of mobile health apps: A clinical study among women seeking prenatal care. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 32 (currently online only), DOI: 10.1080/15456870.2021.2021910

Anderson, L.N. (2022). Georgetown Law Library: U.S. Women’s Civil Rights. American Journalism, 39, 105-107.

Anderson, L.N., & Ledford, C.J.W. (2021). Who’s guarding the gate? The reach of prereviewed emerging science and implications for family medical education. Family Medicine, 53, 670-675.

Ledford, C.J.W., & Anderson, L.N. (2020). Communication strategies for family physicians practicing throughout emerging public health crises. Family Medicine, 52, 48-50.

Anderson, L.N. (2019). Teaching the introductory public relations course: Pedagogical recommendations. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2, 58-62.

Womack, J.J., Anderson, L.N., & Ledford, C.J.W. (2018). Presence of complex and potentially conflicting information in prenatal mobile apps. Health Promotion Practice, 21, 238-245.

Anderson, L.N. (2015). Understanding hospital-based nurses’ experiences of structurational divergence. The Qualitative Report, 20, 172-185.

Anderson, L.N. (2013). Functions of support group communication for women with postpartum depression: How support groups silence and encourage voices of motherhood. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 709-724.

Ledford, C.J.W. & Anderson, L.N. (2013). Online social networking in discussions of risk: Applying the CAUSE model in a content analysis of Facebook. Health, Risk, and Society, 15, 251-264.

Anderson, L.N. (2011). Working it out together: The role of family support in the management of postpartum depression. In M.M-Day (Ed.), Going through this together: Family communication, connection, and health transitions (Ch. 5). Peter Lang: New York.