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Dr. Lindy Davidson

Read Dr. Davidson's full bio below and click here for a special faculty spotlight Q&A.

Lindy Grief Davidson is a full-time visiting instructor in the Honors College, where she focuses on medical humanities. She holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Belmont University, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Communication from USF. Her specialty is Health Communication, and she has significant personal experience navigating the healthcare system as the parent of a medically complex child. Dr. Davidson's dissertation research focused on spirituality and parental decision-making in pediatric palliative care. Other areas of study include disability, ethics, and communication in the health clinic. As a qualitative researcher, her methods include interviewing, ethnography, narrative, and autoethnography.


In the Fall of 2016, Dr. Davidson will be teaching the Ethics at the End of Life as well as Global Constructions of Disability courses. She values an engaging classroom environment where students learn through reading, writing, discussion, and active exploration, often using her personal experiences as a parent, researcher and activist to provide real world examples for class discussions. Over the past twenty-five years, she has participated in relief efforts in Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Dr. Davidson received the 2016 Arthur P. Bochner Award for Outstanding Achievement in Doctoral Studies and was selected for the top submissions panel of teaching activities at the 2015 National Communication Association Annual Convention. In 2013, she received funding for her dissertation research through a competitive assistantship with the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at USF.

Through her research and experience, Dr. Davidson has relationships with several area hospitals and hospice organizations with which she connects Honors students for thesis projects focused on medical humanities. "Would you Like a Map? Explorations in Hospital Cartography" (found here) offers a look at her research, personal experience and creative use of performance to disseminate research findings. Find out more about Dr. Davidson by reading her question and answer faculty spotlight.

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