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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, and
communication in the health clinic. As a qualitative researcher, her methods include
interviewing, ethnography, narrative, and autoethnography.Dr. Davidson has taught courses on the Ethics at the End of Life as well as Global
Constructions of Disability. 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.
Contact Dr. Lindy Davidson.