COMFORT

Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, PhD

Biography

Dr. Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2004) is an Associate Professor at Markey Cancer Center and in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. Her main research focus is on hospice and palliative care communication, including interdisciplinary healthcare team communication and interventions for family caregivers. She has co-authored three books including Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (2008, Routledge Taylor and Francis), Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care (2010, Hampton Press), and Communication in Palliative Nursing (2012, Oxford University Press). Dr. Wittenberg-Lyles is currently a co-investigator on a study funded by the National Institute of Health, which examines family participation in hospice care and the role of the caregiver in providing patient care and pain management at home. Her work can be found in Medical Teacher, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, and Qualitative Health Research.

Affiliation

  • Associate Professor
    Markey Cancer Center and Department of Communication
    College of Communication and Information
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, Kentucky
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Joy Goldsmith, PhD

Biography

Joy Goldsmith, PhD has been conducting research on communication and illness, specifically in the context of hospice and palliative care, for the last 8 years. Her numerous publications in clinical as well as communication journals address medical school curriculum, nursing training in communication, team-based communication in health care, and family caregiver communication. Dr. Goldsmith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Young Harris College.

Affiliation

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Communication Studies
    Young Harris College
    Young Harris, Georgia
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Sandra Ragan, PhD

Biography

Sandra L. Ragan, PhD is Professor Emerita of the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma where she taught for 23 years. She has co-authored five scholarly books, including Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (2008) and its companion volume (2010) Dying in COMFORT: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care.

Affiliation

  • Professor Emerita
    Department of Communication
    University of Oklahoma
    Norman, Oklahoma
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