University of South Florida
Read Dr. Davidson's full bio below and click here for a special faculty spotlight Q&A.
Lindy Grief Davidson is a full-time instructor in the Judy Genshaft 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, global
health and communication in the health clinic. As a qualitative researcher, her methods
include interviewing, ethnography, narrative, poetic inquiry and autoethnography.Dr. Davidson has taught courses on Ethics at the End of Life, Global Constructions
of Disability, Narrative Medicine, and Global Health. 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. Since 2016, she has led seven
study abroad trips to locations such as England, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Davidson teaches in the Medical Humanities Curriculum at the Morsani College of
Medicine at USF and teaches in the Judy Genshaft Honors College's Medical Humanities
in a Global Context Pathway funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She
also serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care
and End-of-Life Studies at USF and the Internal Advisory Board of the Office of Corporate
Partnerships at USF. From 2017-2019, she served as the Disability Issues Caucus Legislative
Assembly Representative for the National Communication Association. She also serves
as a reviewer for several academic journals and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
As Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction in the Judy Genshaft Honors College,
Dr. Davidson is committed to helping students explore their academic passions through
engaging classes and rich experiences. Several of her publications, such as "Would
you Like a Map? Explorations in Hospital Cartography" (found here), offer 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.
Contact Dr. Lindy Davidson.