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LaShara A. Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Davis is committed to research on patient-centered care, health education development and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities through communication. Prior to coming to DeSales, she worked at RWJ Barnabas Health (formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center) in the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Department as a Senior Researcher where she conducted research on educational strategies to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in pursuit of transplant. Dr. Davis’ research focuses on exploring patient-provider interactions and designing health messages that honor patient perspectives and enable informed treatment decision making. Dr. Davis also serves as the faculty advisor of the Omega Eta chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.

Selected publications:

Guntzviller, L. M., King, A. J., Jensen, J. D., & Davis, L. A. (2017). Self-efficacy, health literacy, and nutrition and exercise behaviors in a low-income, Hispanic population. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19 (2), 489-493.

Davis, L. A., Grogan, T. M., Cox, J., & Weng, F. L. (2016). Inter- and intrapersonal barriers to living donor kidney transplant among Black recipients and donors. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-9, doi: 10.1007/s40615-016-0270-8

Weng, F. L., Lee, D. C., Dhillon, N., Tibaldi, K. N., Davis, L. A., Patel, A. M., Goldberg, R. J., Morgievich, M., & Mulgaonkar, S. (2016). Characteristics and evaluation of geographically distant vs. geographically nearby living kidney donors. Transplantation Proceedings, 48, 1934-1939.

Davis, L. A., Morgan, S. E., & Mobley, A. R. (2015). The utility of the Memorable Messages Framework as an intermediary evaluation tool for fruit and vegetable consumption in a nutrition education program. Health Education and Behavior, 1-7doi:10.1177/1090198115599987