LaShara A. Davis

LaShara A. Davis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Outcomes Research in Surgery, Academic Institute
Assistant Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. LaShara A. Davis is a scientist in the Patient Engagement, Diversity, and Education Division representing both J.C. Walter Transplant Center at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Center for Outcomes Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.

Dr. Davis earned a Master of Arts and PhD in communication with an emphasis in health, social influence, and research methods. She is committed to research on patient-centered care, health education development and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities through communication. She serves as a reviewer for several journals in communication, health, and ethnicity.

Description of Research

Organ Transplant, Living Donation, Patient-Centered Health Education Development, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Communication, Community-Based Participatory Research Design, and Patient Engagement.

Areas Of Expertise

Patient education design Racial and ethnic disparities Patient engagement
Education & Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine

Stressors and Information-Seeking by Dialysis and Transplant Patients During COVID-19, Reported on a Telephone Hotline: A Mixed-Methods Study
Arevalo Iraheta, YA, Murillo, AL, Ho, EW, Advani, SM, Davis, LS, Lipsey, AF, Kim, M & Waterman, AD 2022, , Kidney Medicine, vol. 4, no. 7, 100479.

Living Kidney Donation Stories and Advice Shared Through a Digital Storytelling Library: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis
Davis, LS, Iraheta, YA, Ho, EW, Murillo, AL, Feinsinger, A & Waterman, AD 2022, , Kidney Medicine, vol. 4, no. 7, 100486.

Effectiveness of a Targeted Media Campaign on Engagement and Interest in Living Donation
Waterman, AD, Davis, LA & Livingston, A 2022, , American Transplant Congress, Boston, United States, 6/4/22 - 6/7/22.

Do Videos Work Better Than Digital Ads at Reaching Audiences? Examining Which Message Types Engage and Encourage Further Exploration of Living Donation
Waterman, AD, Davis, LA & Livingston, A 2022, , American Transplant Congress, Boston, United States, 6/4/22 - 6/7/22.

Findings of living donation experiences shared on a digital storytelling platform: A thematic analysis.
Ho, E, Murillo, AL, Davis, LA, Iraheta, YA, Advani, S, Feinsinger, A & Waterman, AD 2022, , PEC Innovation, vol. 1, 100023, pp. 1-8.

Destination Transplant: Protocol for a Parallel-group Randomized Trial of an Educational Intervention to Increase Kidney Transplant among Black People on the Transplant Waiting List
Weng, FL, Davis, LA, Ohman-Strickland, PA & Waterman, AD 2021, , Transplantation Direct, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. e683.

Inter- and Intrapersonal Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplant among Black Recipients and Donors
Davis, LSA, Grogan, TM, Cox, J & Weng, FL 2017, , Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 671-679.

Self-Efficacy, Health Literacy, and Nutrition and Exercise Behaviors in a Low-Income, Hispanic Population
Guntzviller, LM, King, AJ, Jensen, JD & Davis, LSA 2017, , Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 489-493.

Characteristics and Evaluation of Geographically Distant vs Geographically Nearby Living Kidney Donors
Weng, FL, Lee, DC, Dhillon, N, Tibaldi, KN, Davis, LA, Patel, AM, Goldberg, RJ, Morgievich, M & Mulgaonkar, S 2016, , Transplantation Proceedings, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 1934-1939.

The Utility of the Memorable Messages Framework as an Intermediary Evaluation Tool for Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in a Nutrition Education Program
Davis, LSA, Morgan, SE & Mobley, AR 2015, , Health Education and Behavior, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 321-327.

Applying best practices to designing patient education for patients with end-stage renal disease pursuing kidney transplant
Skelton, SL, Waterman, AD, Davis, LSA, Peipert, JD & Fish, AF 2015, , Progress in Transplantation, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 77-90.

Measuring kidney patients' motivation to pursue living donor kidney transplant: Development of Stage of Change, Decisional Balance and Self-Efficacy measures
Waterman, AD, Robbins, ML, Paiva, AL, Peipert, JD, Davis, LSA, Hyland, SS, Schenk, EA, Baldwin, KA & Amoyal, NR 2015, , Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 210-221.

Perceived visual informativeness (PVI): Construct and scale development to assess visual information in printed materials
King, AJ, Jensen, JD, Davis, LA & Carcioppolo, N 2014, , Journal of Health Communication, vol. 19, no. 10, pp. 1099-1115.

Lung transplant or bust: Patients' recommendations for ideal lung transplant education
Davis, L, Ryszkiewicz, E, Schenk, E, Peipert, J, Lasee, C, Miller, C, Richardson, G, Ridolfi, G, Trulock, E, Patterson, G & Waterman, A 2014, , Progress in Transplantation, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 132-141.

Your Path to Transplant: A randomized controlled trial of a tailored computer education intervention to increase living donor kidney transplant
Waterman, AD, Robbins, ML, Paiva, AL, Peipert, JD, Kynard-Amerson, CS, Goalby, CJ, Davis, LA, Thein, JL, Schenk, EA, Baldwin, KA, Skelton, SL, Amoyal, NR & Brick, LA 2014, , BMC Nephrology, vol. 15, no. 1, 166.

The conceptualization and measurement of cognitive health sophistication
Bodie, GD, Collins, WB, Jensen, JD, Davis, LA, Guntzviller, LM & King, AJ 2013, , Journal of Health Communication, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 426-441.

Why are Tailored Messages More Effective? A Multiple Mediation Analysis of a Breast Cancer Screening Intervention
Jensen, JD, King, AJ, Carcioppolo, N & Davis, L 2012, , Journal of Communication, vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 851-868.

The foreign language anxiety in a medical office scale: Developing and validating a measurement tool for Spanish-speaking individuals
Guntzviller, LM, Jensen, JD, King, AJ & Davis, LA 2011, , Journal of Health Communication, vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 849-869.

Revisiting the Worksite in Worksite Health Campaigns: Evidence From a Multisite Organ Donation Campaign
Harrison, TR, Morgan, SE, Chewning, LV, Williams, EA, Barbour, JB, Di Corcia, MJ & Davis, LA 2011, , Journal of Communication, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 535-555.

Including limitations in news coverage of cancer research: Effects of news hedging on fatalism, medical skepticism, patient trust, and backlash
Jensen, JD, Carcioppolo, N, King, AJ, Bernat, JK, Davis, L, Yale, R & Smith, J 2011, , Journal of Health Communication, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 486-503.