Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Terry C. Davis, PhD, is a professor of medicine and pediatrics in the Feist Weiller Cancer Center at the LSU Health Science Center at Shreveport, Louisiana. For the past 35 years, she has investigated the impact of patient literacy on health and health care, and she has more than 150 publications related to health communication. Her achievements include the development of the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM),the most widely used test for literacy in medical settings, and of user-friendly patient education and provider training materials that are used nationally. Dr. Davis has served on health literacy advisory boards for the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians as well as on the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She is a member of the National Academies’ Roundtable on Health Literacy, Healthy People 2020, Health Literacy/Health Communication Section, and she serves on the U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention Expert Panel on Health Literacy. She received the Louisiana Public Health Association’s Founders Award for Significant Achievement in Public Health Research. Dr. Davis has a productive record of federally funded research developing and implementing low-literacy interventions to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. Her wide-ranging work focuses on improving cancer screening in rural federally qualified health centers, the self-management of diabetes in safety net settings, the use of health coaches to facilitate weight loss in community clinics, and improving prescription medication adherence and labeling. Recently she conducted focus groups in rural and urban settings investigating understanding and acceptance of genomic research and biobanking among individuals underrepresented in clinical trials. On a state level she serves as the Health Literacy Director on a NIH-sponsored IDeAS grant, Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center, (LA CaTS) where she trains investigators in 11 academic institutions across Louisiana and co-leads the North Louisiana Community Advisory Board.